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.
The class was considered open, as the medal podiums at recent internationals had seen multiple different wrestlers. Two wrestlers were dominant in Atlanta, however, with each allowing only a single point on their way to the final – France’s Ghani Yalouz and Poland’s Ryszard Wolny. They had met at the 1995 European final, with Yalouz winning that title, but in Atlanta Wolny won the final easily, 7-0, to win gold. This was his third Olympics and he would eventually compete in five Olympics, but this was his only medal. Yalouz was competing in his second of three Olympics, also winning his only medal in Atlanta. The bronze medal went to Russia’s [Aleksandr Tretyakov], who would become the top wrestler in this class in the next few years, winning the 1998 World and 1997-98 European titles.
|9||Rodney Smith||30||United States||USA||8||20|
|18||Kim Yeong-Il||26||South Korea||KOR||2||2|