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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 5, 1992
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top five in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-10th place.

Gold: PRK Li Hak-Son
Silver: USA Zeke Jones
Bronze: BUL Valentin Yordanov
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Summary

The favorite was Bulgarian Valentin Yordanov, who had been World Champion in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, was runner-up in 1990-91, and was European Champion in 1982-33, and from 1985-89. He had also been the favorite at Seoul in 1988 but struggled and placed only eighth. Another prominent contender was American Zeke Jones, the 1991 World Champion. Literally no one had heard of North Korea’s Li Hak-Son. Li and Yordanov won all their early matches in Group A and then Li upset Yordanov to advance to the gold medal match, where he met Jones, the winner of Group B. The final was no contest, with Li winning the gold medal 8-1.

Yordanov did manage to win a bronze medal in 1992, defeating South Korean Kim Seon-Hak, 9-3. Yordanov would continue to dominate the class, winning the 1993-95 World Championships, and finally at Atlanta in 1996, he would win his long-awaited Olympic gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Li Hak-Son 22 North Korea PRK Gold
2 Zeke Jones 25 United States USA Silver
3 Valentin Yordanov 32 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Kim Seon-Hak 19 South Korea KOR
5 Ahmet Orel 23 Turkey TUR
6 Mitsuru Sato 30 Japan JPN
7 Majid Torkan 27 Iran IRI
8 Christopher Woodcroft 27 Canada CAN
9 Constantin Corduneanu 23 Romania ROU
10 Tserenbaataryn Enkhbayar 25 Mongolia MGL
AC Shane Stannett 26 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r3/6 Group A 3,0
AC Volodymyr Tohuzov 25 Unified Team EUN Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Anil Kumar 20 India IND Eliminated r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC Joe Oziti 18 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC Alfredo Leyva 22 Cuba CUB Eliminated r3/6 Group B 3,0
AC Laureano Atanes 20 Spain ESP Eliminated r3/6 Group B 0,0
AC Thierry Bourdin 29 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Chokri Boudchiche 28 Tunisia TUN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0