Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
|Silver:||Juan Luis Marén|
|Bronze:||Mehmet Akif Pirim|
This was expected to be an easy victory for Russian [Sergey Martynov], who had won the last four World Championships, and three of the last five Europeans, including earlier in 1996. In round two he was drawn against [Juan Luis Marén], the bronze medalist from Barcelona, and Marén knocked Martynov out of gold medal contention, defeating him 5-4. Marén went to the final where he met Poland’s [Włodzimierz Zawadzki], medalist at the 1994-95 Worlds, and the 1991 and 1995 European Champion. Zawadzki won a well-fought match, 3-1, to take the gold medal. Marén would win another silver medal in this class, his third Olympic medal, at Sydney in 2000.
|2||Juan Luis Marén||25||Cuba||CUB||Silver|
|3||Mehmet Akif Pirim||27||Turkey||TUR||Bronze|
|9||Choi Sang-Seon||24||South Korea||KOR||7||18|
|10||David Zuniga||28||United States||USA||5||10|
|15||Marco Sánchez||26||Puerto Rico||PUR||2||8|