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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 29, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top four in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-8th place.

Gold: URS Sergey Beloglazov
Silver: IRI Asgari Mohammadian
Bronze: KOR No Gyeong-Seon


Soviet Sergey Beloglazov had won the gold medal in this class at Moskva in 1980. By the time of the Seoul Olympics he was a six-time World Champion and came to Korea as the overwhelming favorite. This was a large class and Beloglazov needed to win six matches in Group A to advance to the final, which he did with four falls and two easy decisions. He met Iran’s [Askari Mohammedian], who was just as dominant in Group B, until his final match against Bulgarian [Valentin Ivanov], narrowly defeating Ivanov, 5-4. The final was somewhat close, though Beloglazov was never in trouble, winning a 5-1 decision to earn his second Olympic gold medal. Bronze went to Korean No Gyeong-Seon, who had defeated Ivanov in the final match of Group B, and then defeated Turkey’s Ahmet Ak, bronze medalist at the 1987 Worlds and silver medalist at the 1988 Europeans, to take third place. Mohammedian won another Olympic silver medal in 1992, that time as a featherweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Sergey Beloglazov 32 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Asgari Mohammadian 25 Iran IRI Silver
3 No Gyeong-Seon 24 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Ahmet Ak 22 Turkey TUR
5 Valentin Ivanov 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 Béla Nagy 26 Hungary HUN
7 Khaltmaagiin Battuul 22 Mongolia MGL
8 Ryo Kanehama 21 Japan JPN
AC Lawrence Holmes 26 Canada CAN Eliminated r4/7 Group A 7,0
AC Jürgen Scheibe 19 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/7 Group A 5,0
AC Josef-Georg Auer 23 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,0
AC Barry Davis 27 United States USA Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,0
AC Vinod Kumar 23 India IND Eliminated r3/7 Group A 3,0
AC Muhammad Azeem 33 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r2/7 Group A 4,0
AC Jozef Schwendtner 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/7 Group A 2,0
AC David Ogden 20 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 Group A 1,0
AC Dariusz Grzywiński 19 Poland POL Eliminated r2/7 Group A 1,0
AC Brent Hollamby 24 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r4/6 Group B 8,0
AC Zoran Šorov 26 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/6 Group B 5,0
AC Jorge Olvera 27 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,0
AC Mourad Zelfani 25 Tunisia TUN Eliminated r3/6 Group B 3,5
AC Chen Yongliang 20 China CHN Eliminated r3/6 Group B 3,0
AC Jesmond Giordemaina 22 Malta MLT Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Ramón Meña 20 Panama PAN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Waruingi Kimani 25 Kenya KEN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0