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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: RUS Buvaysar Saytiyev
Silver: KOR Park Jang-Sun
Bronze: JPN Takuya Ota

Summary

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, however, he returned to win the gold medal in this class again in 2004 and 2008, making him the only Olympic wrestler to win three gold medals in the same class, but not consectively. He would also finish his career, after 2008, with six World titles and six European titles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Buvaysar Saytiyev 21 Russia RUS Gold
2 Park Jang-Sun 28 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Takuya Ota 26 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Plamen Paskalev 20 Bulgaria BUL
5 Alexander Leipold 27 Germany GER
6 Kenny Monday 34 United States USA
7 Victor Peicov 30 Moldova MDA
8 Məmmədsalam Haciyev 24 Azerbaijan AZE
9 David Hohl 30 Canada CAN 9 26
10 Valerij Verhušin 36 Macedonia MKD 8 23
11 Alberto Rodríguez 31 Cuba CUB 8 14
12 Boris Budayev 39 Uzbekistan UZB 7 11
13 Árpád Ritter 21 Hungary HUN 6 17
14 Igor Kozyr 29 Belarus BLR 5 8
15 Radion Kertanti 25 Slovakia SVK 4 5
16 Eisa Momeni 28 Iran IRI 4 4
17 Rein Ozoline 29 Australia AUS 1 12
18 Turan Ceylan 28 Turkey TUR 1 3
19 Magomed Kurugliyev 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 1 1
20T Anthony Avon Blume 27 Cameroon CMR 0 0
20T Felipe Guzmán 28 Mexico MEX 0 0
20T Lazaros Loizidis 20 Greece GRE 0 0