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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

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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.

Gold: POL Ryszard Wolny
Silver: FRA Ghani Yalouz
Bronze: RUS Aleksandr Tretyakov
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Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Ryszard Wolny 27 Poland POL Gold
2 Ghani Yalouz 28 France FRA Silver
3 Aleksandr Tretyakov 23 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Kamandar Madzhidov 34 Belarus BLR
5 Biser Georgiev 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 Grigory Pulyayev 25 Uzbekistan UZB
7 Liubal Colás 22 Cuba CUB
8 Valeri Nikitin 26 Estonia EST
9 Rodney Smith 30 United States USA 8 20
10 Samvel Manukyan 21 Armenia ARM 7 21
11 Yalçın Karapınar 29 Turkey TUR 7 13
12 Ender Memet 29 Romania ROU 5 7
13 Rustam Adzhy 23 Ukraine UKR 5 5
14 Colin Daynes 22 Canada CAN 4 8
15 Marko Yli-Hannuksela 22 Finland FIN 4 7
16 Yasushi Miyake 22 Japan JPN 3 4
17 Anders Magnusson 27 Sweden SWE 2 4
18 Kim Yeong-Il 26 South Korea KOR 2 2
19 Anwar Kandafil 23 Morocco MAR 1 4
20 T'ariel Melelashvili 20 Georgia GEO 1 2
21T José Escobar 20 Colombia COL 1 1
21T Attila Repka 28 Hungary HUN 1 1