Would Burroughs have won if Tsargush's backups got to come to Worlds?
When you are trying to medal, then all of the USSR backups make a huge difference, because those guys make it harder to get 3rd place since some of them are top 3 in the world. But if you are solidly beating their best guy on the way to gold, then I don't think their 2-5 make a giant difference. Sure one of those guys could have beaten him, but it's extremely unlikely. When you beat the best in the world 6 for 6, then it's ok to assume you beat less than the world's best 6 for 6.
I’m not sure he would have. Remember at one point Tsargush himself was a back up behind Saitiev and he was also a back up to Geduev at the Olympics in 2016.
Think of it like this, in 2015, 2016 and 2017 every medalist in Kyle Snyder’s weight was from a former Soviet country aside from one the Romanian who BTW was represented by Albert Saritov, also a former Russian who beat Cael in the worlds. So literally every guy who medaled, and that includes both bronzes were from former Soviet states. Every one! Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Armenia. You don’t think it would have been much easier for Snyder to win world titles in the 80s?
Edited by AnklePicker, 14 May 2018 - 01:52 AM.