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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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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.

Gold: UKR V'iacheslav Oliynyk
Silver: POL Jacek Fafiński
Bronze: GER Maik Bullmann

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 favorite in this class was Russian Gogi Koguashvili, of Georgian ethnicity, who had won the bronze medal in Barcelona and won World titles in 1993-94 and European titles in 1995-96. However, Koguashvili was drawn against Turk Hakkı Başar, 1995 World Champion, in round one, and lost 6-1, eliminating him from gold medal contention. That left the event wide open and allowed Ukrainian [V’iacheslav Oliynyk] to advance to the final, after he defeated Başar in the semi-finals. Oliynyk was the 1994 European Champion and had been runner-up at the 1994 Worlds, but was 30-years-old in 1996 and even his wife considered him too old to contend for medals. In the final he met Jacek Fafiński of Poland, who had finished eighth at the recent Europeans and in his career, would stand on one international podium – this one. Oliynyk had no difficulty winning the gold medal, defeating Fafiński 6-0 in the final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 V'iacheslav Oliynyk 30 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Jacek Fafiński 25 Poland POL Silver
3 Maik Bullmann 29 Germany GER Bronze
4 Aleksandr Sidorenko 24 Belarus BLR
5 Hakkı Başar 26 Turkey TUR
6 Iordanis Konstantinidis 23 Greece GRE
7 Derrick Waldroup 33 United States USA
8 Marek Švec 23 Czech Republic CZE
9 Tsolak Yeghishyan 25 Armenia ARM 7 11
10 Reynaldo Peña 27 Cuba CUB 7 7
11 Sergey Matviyenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 5 9
12 Rozy Redzhepov 26 Turkmenistan TKM 5 7
13 Gogi Koguashvili 22 Russia RUS 5 6
14 Moustafa Ramada Hussain 29 Egypt EGY 4 8
15 Khristo Dimitrov 27 Bulgaria BUL 4 6
16 Nándor Gelénesi 23 Hungary HUN 4 3
17 Fahr-ud-Din Hodžić 32 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 3 5
18 Goran Kasum 30 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 3 3
19 Doug Cox 38 Canada CAN 1 2
20T Harri Koskela 30 Finland FIN 1 1
20T Eom Jin-Han 32 South Korea KOR 1 1
22T Abdel Aziz Essafoui 25 Morocco MAR 0 0
22T Lucio Vásquez 23 Peru PER 0 0