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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 5, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 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 Makharbek Khadartsev
Silver: TUR Kenan Şimşek
Bronze: USA Chris Campbell
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Former Soviet Makharbek Khadartsev was the defending gold medalist and had won the last five World Championships. He defended his gold medal easily in group competition, then won the final with a careful victory over Turkey’s Kenan Şimşek, winning 1-0, while playing defense in the last half of the bout.

The bronze medal went to American Chris Campbell, who came a long way for that medal. He had made the 1980 Olympic team but could not compete but then won the 1981 World Championship as a middleweight. Campbell was injured in 1984 and did not make the US team and then retired. He came back in 1989 and was runner-up to Khadartsev at the 1990 Worlds. In Barcelona he was drawn against Khadartsev in the first match and lost, 7-0, but Campbell won all his remaining matches, including the bronze medal bout against Mongolian Puntsagiin Sükhbat to win his long-sought Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Makharbek Khadartsev 26 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Kenan Şimşek 24 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Chris Campbell 37 United States USA Bronze
4 Puntsagiin Sükhbat 27 Mongolia MGL
5 Ayoub Baninosrat 24 Iran IRI
6 Roberto Limonta 30 Cuba CUB
7 Marek Garmulewicz 24 Poland POL
8 Renato Lombardo 27 Italy ITA
9 Iraklis Deskoulidis 30 Greece GRE
10 Ludwig Schneider 23 Germany GER
AC Akira Ota 35 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,0
AC Jozef Palatinus 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/5 Group A 0,0
AC Gregory Edgelow 28 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Grant Parker 31 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Gábor Tóth 27 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/5 Group B 3,0
AC Kaloyan Baev 19 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r2/5 Group B 2,0
AC Daniel Sánchez 23 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0