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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: RUS Vadim Bogiyev
Silver: USA Townsend Saunders
Bronze: UKR Zaza Zazirov

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Vadim Bogiyev 25 Russia RUS Gold
2 Townsend Saunders 29 United States USA Silver
3 Zaza Zazirov 24 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Yosvany Sánchez 20 Cuba CUB
5 Arayik Gevorgyan 23 Armenia ARM
6 Hwang Chang-Ho 25 South Korea KOR
7 Küllo Kõiv 24 Estonia EST
8 Ahmad Al-Aosta 27 Syria SYR
9 Oleg Gogol 27 Belarus BLR 8 10
10 Akbar Fallah 29 Iran IRI 8 9
11 János Fórizs 27 Hungary HUN 5 15
12 Craig Roberts 28 Canada CAN 5 13
13 Arsen Fadzayev 33 Uzbekistan UZB 5 12
14 Elşad Allahverdiyev 23 Azerbaijan AZE 5 7
15 Yüksel Şanlı 22 Turkey TUR 2 2
16 Richard Weiss 23 Australia AUS 1 2
17 Félix Diédhiou 26 Senegal SEN 1 1
18T Paulo Ibire 29 Argentina ARG 0 0
18T Ibo Oziti 22 Nigeria NGR 0 0