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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 29, 1996
Date Finished: July 30, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.

Gold: USA Kendall Cross
Silver: CAN Gia Sissaouri
Bronze: PRK Ri Yong-Sam

Summary

American Terry Brands had won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships and would have been the favorite, except that he did not make the US Team, as he was beaten at the US Trials by Kendall Cross, who had wrestled in this class at Barcelona. Cross was most concerned about Canadian Gia Sissaouri, who had been born in Georgia and had lost the 1995 World final to Brands, and focused much of his training on countering his moves. The two made it to the final, where Cross quickly went up 5-0 and then held on to win gold by 5-3. Brands would make the US team in 2000 and win a bronze medal. His brother, Tom Brands, won the gold medal in Atlanta as a featherweight. Sissaouri would go on to win the 2001 World title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Kendall Cross 28 United States USA Gold
2 Gia Sissaouri 25 Canada CAN Silver
3 Ri Yong-Sam 23 North Korea PRK Bronze
4 Harun Doğan 20 Turkey TUR
5 Šaban Trstena 31 Macedonia MKD
6 Mohammad Talaei 23 Iran IRI
7 Aleksandr Guzov 21 Belarus BLR
8 Damir Zakhartdinov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
9 Sonny Abe 26 Japan JPN 9 22
10 Arif Abdullayev 27 Azerbaijan AZE 9 17
11 Bagautdin Umakhanov 25 Russia RUS 7 10
12 Serafim Barzakov 20 Bulgaria BUL 6 14
13 Artur Fyodorov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 5 13
14 Nazim Alidjanov 25 Moldova MDA 5 18
15 Alejandro Puerto 31 Cuba CUB 4 12
16 Michele Liuzzi 21 Italy ITA 3 5
17 Tserenbaataryn Tsogtbayar 25 Mongolia MGL 2 9
18 Aslanbek Fidarov 23 Ukraine UKR 1 3
19T Bogdan Ciufulescu 26 Romania ROU 1 1
19T Cory O'Brien 24 Australia AUS 1 1
21 Talata Embalo 32 Guinea Bissau GBS 0 0