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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 1, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.

Gold: IRI Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi
Silver: RUS Makharbek Khadartsev
Bronze: GEO Eldar K'urt'anidze

Summary

This class would be discontinued after 1996, as the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) shuffled weight limits to decrease the number of weight classes, as mandated by the IOC. The last two gold medals had been won by Russia’s Makharbek Khadartsev, and he was back and still tough, having won the 1995 European title, and been runner-up at the 1994-95 Worlds, but he was not as dominant as he had been, losing the last two World titles, which had been won by Iranian Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi. The two met again in the Atlanta final, with Khadem Azgadhi winning a workmanlike final, 3-0. His brother, Amir Reza Khadem Azgadhi, won a bronze medal in Atlanta, as a freestyle middleweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi 24 Iran IRI Gold
2 Makharbek Khadartsev 30 Russia RUS Silver
3 Eldar K'urt'anidze 24 Georgia GEO Bronze
4 Jozef Lohyňa 33 Slovakia SVK
5 Dzhambolat Tedieiev 27 Ukraine UKR
6 Victor Kodei 30 Nigeria NGR
7 Melvin Douglas 32 United States USA
8 Kim Ik-Hui 24 South Korea KOR
9 Ričardas Pauliukonis 21 Lithuania LTU 9 24
10 Péter Bacsa 25 Hungary HUN 8 17
11 Islam Bayramukov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 7 11
12 Heiko Balz 26 Germany GER 5 12
13 Kaloyan Baev 23 Bulgaria BUL 5 9
14 Bayanmönkhiin Gantogtokh 24 Mongolia MGL 5 9
15 Scott Bianco 28 Canada CAN 4 5
16 Bashir Bhola Bhala 25 Pakistan PAK 3 7
17 Robert Kostecki 27 Poland POL 2 6
18 Bob Renney 21 Australia AUS 2 4
19 Tatsuo Kawai 23 Japan JPN 1 2
20T José Betancourt 33 Puerto Rico PUR 0 0
20T Louis Purcell 23 American Samoa ASA 0 0