Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: August 1, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
Russian [Buvaysar Saytiyev] had won the 1995 Worlds and the 1996 European Championships and came to Atlanta as the clear favorite. He would soon become one of the most dominant wrestlers of the next decade, winning the gold medal in 1996 without being pressured. In the final he met defending gold medalist [Park Jang-Sun] of Korea, defeating him easily, 5-0. Saytiyev had already defeated the 1995 World Champion, German [Alexander Leipold], and the 1988 Olympic silver medalist, American [Kenny Monday]. Saytiyev was expected to defend his gold medal in Sydney, but was upset early in the tournament. He returned to win the gold medal in this class again in 2004 and 2008, however, making him the only Olympic wrestler to win three gold medals in the same class, but not consecutively. He would also finish his career, after 2008, with six World and six European titles.
|2||Park Jang-Sun||28||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|6||Kenny Monday||34||United States||USA|
|20T||Anthony Avon Blume||27||Cameroon||CMR||0||0|