Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 29, 1996
Date Finished: July 30, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
Two-time defending champion Arsen Fadzayev but was now representing his native Uzbekistan. The two favorites were 1995 World Champion Arayik Gevorgyan and Russian Vadim Bogiyev, who had won the last three European titles. Bogiyev had to open against Fadzayev, his former coach, but defeated him 3-1 to move on. Gevorgyan lost his semi-final match to American Townsend Saunders, the 1994 Goodwill Games champion, and gold medalist at the Pan American Games in 1991 and 1995. Saunders met Bogiyev for the gold medal and the match was very close, going into overtime, where it remained tied at the end of 8 minutes. Bogiyev was awarded the gold medal because he had had only two passivity calls to three for Saunders.
|2||Townsend Saunders||29||United States||USA||Silver|
|6||Hwang Chang-Ho||25||South Korea||KOR|