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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: EUN Leri Khabelovi
Silver: GER Heiko Balz
Bronze: TUR Ali Kayali


Georgian Leri Khabelovi had been favored in 1988 but was upset in the final match and won silver. Since Seoul he had won the 1990-91 World Championships and the 1992 European Championships and was expected to win easily. And he did. Khabelovi advanced through Group B undefeated, giving up only one point. In the final he met German Heiko Balz, bronze medalist at the 1991 Worlds, who was not scored upon in winning Group A. Khabelovi was careful in the final, scoring two 1-point takedowns to lead 2-0, before Balz scored a late point to make it close, 2-1, but Khabelovi held on to defend his Olympic title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Leri Khabelovi 28 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Heiko Balz 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Ali Kayali 27 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Kim Tae-U 30 South Korea KOR
5 Andrzej Radomski 30 Poland POL
6 Subhash Verma 24 India IND
7 Mark Coleman 27 United States USA
8 Sándor Kiss 30 Hungary HUN
9 Kazem Gholami 35 Iran IRI
10 Miroslav Makaveev 19 Bulgaria BUL
AC Arvi Aavik 22 Estonia EST Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,0
AC Gavin Carrow 31 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Manabu Nakanishi 25 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Petros Bourdoulis 22 Greece GRE Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Magdiel Gutiérrez 24 Nicaragua NCA Eliminated r3/5 Group B 0,0
AC Johan Rossouw 27 South Africa RSA Eliminated r2/5 Group B 2,0
AC Alioune Diouf 25 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Boldyn Javkhlantögs 28 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r2/5 Group B 0,0