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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 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: JPN Mitsuru Sato
Silver: YUG Šaban Trstena
Bronze: URS Volodymyr Tohuzov

Summary

The favorite was three-time World Champion and six-time European Champion Valentin Yordanov of Bulgaria. He won his first three matches easily, but was injured and was then badly beaten in his final two matches against Yugoslav Šaban Trstena, the defending gold medalist, and Soviet Ukrainian Volodymyr Tohuzov. Trstena advanced to his second consecutive gold medal match, where he faced Japan’s Mitsuru Sato. Sato had been runner-up at the 1986 Worlds and placed third in 1987. He easily defeated Trstena, 13-2, to win the gold medal. Tohuzov won the bronze medal by defeating Hungarian László Bíró even more easily, winning 14-1. Yordanov would win four more World Championships through 1995 but would have to wait until the 1996 Olympics to win his Olympic gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Mitsuru Sato 26 Japan JPN Gold
2 Šaban Trstena 23 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 Volodymyr Tohuzov 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 László Bíró 28 Hungary HUN
5 Arslan Seyhanlı 28 Turkey TUR
6 Kim Jong-O 21 South Korea KOR
7 Tserenbaataryn Enkhbayar 21 Mongolia MGL
8 Valentin Yordanov 28 Bulgaria BUL
AC Władysław Stecyk 37 Poland POL Eliminated r5/7 Group A 12,0
AC Thierry Bourdin 25 France FRA Eliminated r5/7 Group A 11,5
AC Majid Torkan 23 Iran IRI Eliminated r4/7 Group A 8,5
AC Bernardo Olvera 25 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/7 Group A 5,0
AC Ken Chertow 21 United States USA Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,5
AC Christopher Woodcroft 23 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Edvin Eduardo Vázquez 18 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Ousmane Diallo Guinea GUI Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Surya Saputra 20 Indonesia INA Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Garba Lame 20 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Carlos Negron 24 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Lo Chao-Cheng 19 Chinese Taipei TPE Eliminated r2/7 Group A 0,0
AC Oscar Muñoz 23 Colombia COL Eliminated r4/6 Group B 9,0
AC Herbert Tutsch 25 West Germany FRG Eliminated r4/6 Group B 9,0
AC Kuldeep Singh 22 India IND Eliminated r4/6 Group B 9,0
AC Ahmad Nasir Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,0
AC Nguyễn Kim Hương 18 Vietnam VIE Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,0
AC Fayadh Minati Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/6 Group B 2,0
AC Xu Jihua 22 China CHN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Jihad Sharif 20 Jordan JOR Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0
AC Lamachi Elimu 28 Kenya KEN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0
AC Florentino Tirante 26 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0