Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 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.
Defending Olympic Champion Aleksandr Karelin, a Russian wrestling for the Unified Team in Barcelona, had won every World Championship since 1989 every European title since 1988. He had not been beaten in five years. His repeat victory in Barcelona was more a coronation than a competition, as only one wrestler lasted the full five minutes against him, and that was an 8-1 decision victory over Finn [Juha Ahoukas] in round three of Group A. In the final Karelin threw Sweden’s [Tomas Johansson] in only 1:33. Johansson had been the bronze medalist in 1988 and was, at first, a silver medalist in 1984, before being disqualified for a doping positive. Karelin would return in 1996, continuing to win every international meet, and won his third consecutive gold medal. Still dominant as of 2000, he was beaten in the final match at the Sydney Olympics by American Rulon Gardner, one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, and wrestling history.
|1||Aleksandr Karelin||24||Unified Team||EUN||Gold|
|10||Milan Radaković||23||Individual Olympic Athletes||IOA|
|AC||Cándido Mesa||28||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r3/5 Group A||4,0|
|AC||Guillermo Díaz||27||Mexico||MEX||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Bounama Touré||39||Senegal||SEN||Eliminated r2/5 Group A||0,0|
|AC||Rangel Gerovski||33||Bulgaria||BUL||Eliminated r2/4 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Kenichi Suzuki||23||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r2/4 Group B||0,0|
|AC||Matt Ghaffari||30||United States||USA||Eliminated r2/4 Group B||0,0|