On 21 August 2017, the 28-year-old became world Greco-Roman wrestling champion in Paris in the weight category up to 71 kilograms. With a superb 8-3 score he beat Demeu Schadrajew of Kazakhstan and thus made history. He became the first German ever to win two world titles in different weight categories. At the 2015 World Championship in Las Vegas Stäbler had previously taken the winner's belt in the weight category up to 66 kilograms.
The victory in Paris is the climax of an almost perfect year. Even the knee injury that led to him missing the Olympics in Rio could not throw Stäbler off track in 2017. In Paris the 28-year-old from Musberg had to overcome no less than four hot title candidates on the way to the final: Rasul Chunayev (AZE), Pavel Liakh (BLR), Mohammadali Garaei (IRI) and Daniel Cataraga (MDA).
We congratulate Frank Stäbler on this outstanding sporting achievement!
The pictures were kindly provided by photographer Jens Körner (Bildermacher-Sport GmbH).