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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman

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 19, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.

Gold: ARM Armen Nazaryan
Silver: USA Brandon Paulson
Bronze: UKR Andriy Kalashnykov

Summary

In March 1996 Armenian [Armen Nazaryan] lost the European title to Ukraine’s Andriy Kalashnykov in the final. In the odd method of international wrestling, in which the competitors are not seeded in any way, they met again in Atlanta, unfortunately in the first round, with Nazaryan winning easily this time, 10-0. Nazaryan advanced to the final where he met a surprising young American, Brandon Paulson. Paulson was little match for Nazaryan, who went ahead quickly 5-0, and held on for the gold medal. Despite his first-round loss Kalashnykov came through the losers’ table to win the bronze medal.

Nazaryan would soon move to Bulgaria and start gaining weight. Representing Bulgaria he won another Olympic gold in 2000 as a featherweight and a bronze medal in the lightweight class in 2004.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Armen Nazaryan 22 Armenia ARM Gold
2 Brandon Paulson 22 United States USA Silver
3 Andriy Kalashnykov 31 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Samvel Danielyan 25 Russia RUS
5 Lázaro Rivas 21 Cuba CUB
6 Yordan Anev 22 Bulgaria BUL
7 Ha Tae-Yeon 20 South Korea KOR
8 Dariusz Jabłoński 23 Poland POL
9 Alfred Ter-Mkrtchyan 25 Germany GER 7 18
10 Nurym Dyusenov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 7 15
11 Ibad Akhmedov 21 Belarus BLR 6 16
12 Valentin Rebegea 25 Romania ROU 5 13
13 Ulises Valentin 28 Dominican Republic DOM 4 14
14 Ruslanas Vartanovas 24 Lithuania LTU 4 5
15 Khaled El-Farej 26 Syria SYR 3 3
16 Shamsiddin Khudoyberdiyev 30 Uzbekistan UZB 1 4
17T Pappu Jadav 22 India IND 0 0
17T Tiebiri Godswill 23 Nigeria NGR 0 0
17T Joël Basaldua 22 Peru PER 0 1
17T Jon Rønningen 33 Norway NOR 0 0