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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Wrestling at the 1996 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 1, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.

Gold: BUL Valentin Yordanov
Silver: AZE Namiq Abdullayev
Bronze: KAZ Maulen Mamyrov

Summary

Bulgaria’s Valentin Yordanov had won the World Championships in 1993-95 and came to Atlanta as a heavy favorite. Since 1982 he had won seven World Championships and seven European Championships. It was hard to know what to think of his favorite status, however, as he had also been an overwhelming favorite in both Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992), but had finished only eighth and third, respectively. In Atlanta Yordanov won all his preliminary round matches and met Azerbaijani Namiq Abdullayev, the 1994-95 European Champion, in the final, which was desparately close. The match went into overtime but Yordanov finally got his gold medal, winning with a 1-point takedown at 6:29. Abdullayev would return and win the gold medal at Sydney in 2000.

When the IOC initially voted to eliminate wrestling from the Olympic Program in 2013, Yordanov returned his gold medal to the IOC in protest of the decision, which was later reversed. Yordanov took back his gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Valentin Yordanov 36 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Namiq Abdullayev 25 Azerbaijan AZE Silver
3 Maulen Mamyrov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
4 Chechen-Ool Mongush 23 Russia RUS
5 Gholam Reza Mohammadi 25 Iran IRI
6 Metin Topaktaş 29 Turkey TUR
7 Adkhamdzhon Akhilov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
8 Greg Woodcroft 25 Canada CAN
9 Hideo Sasayama 30 Japan JPN 6 19
10 Volodymyr Tohuzov 29 Ukraine UKR 6 12
11 Lou Rosselli 26 United States USA 6 7
12 David Legrand 24 France FRA 5 15
13 Roman Kollar 21 Slovakia SVK 4 6
14 Omar Kedjaouer 21 Algeria ALG 3 2
15 Constantin Corduneanu 27 Romania ROU 2 6
16 Amiran Kardanov 19 Greece GRE 2 2
17 Carlos Varela 29 Cuba CUB 1 2
18T Greg Fitzgerald 19 Australia AUS 0 0
18T Víctor Rodríguez 21 Mexico MEX 0 0