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.
Three wrestlers were expected to contend for the medals. Poland’s Andrzej Wroński was Olympic gold medalist in this class in 1988 and had finished fourth in 1992, and had won the Worlds and Europeans in 1994. Belarussian Sergey Lishtvan had won the 1996 European Championships. Sweden’s Mikael Ljungberg was World Champion in 1993 and 1995. Also highly considered was Cuba’s Héctor Milián, the defending gold medalist. Form held in this class as the semi-finals came down to Lishtvan against Ljungberg, and Wroński against Milián. Both matches were close but Wroński and Lishtvan advanced to the final. The final was excruciatingly boring, ending in a scoreless tie, decided by an officials’ decision, as Wroński won his second gold medal. Ljungberg won the bronze medal and would return in 2000 at Sydney and win the gold medal.
|12||Jason Gleasman||21||United States||USA||5||16|
|17T||Juan Diego Giraldo||21||Colombia||COL||0||0|