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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 28, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: AZE Namiq Abdullayev
Silver: USA Sammie Henson
Bronze: GRE Amiran Kardanov
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Summary

The two favorites were Azerbaijani Namiq Abdullayev and American [Sammy Henson], both of whom made it through the pools to the knockout round. They continued to win and faced each other in the final. They had met each at the 1998 World Championships, with Henson winning that match. In the Sydney final, Abdullayev moved out to a 3-0 lead but Henson fought back to tie the match, 3-3. In the last minute Abdullayev scored on a reversal to move ahead 4-3, and that margin held up for him to win the gold medal. Henson was distraught and almost inconsolable about the loss, crying through the victory ceremony, and trying to throw away his gold medal. Abdullayev had been Olympic silver medalist in 1996 as a flyweight, had already won two European titles, and would add another in 2003. Henson never made another Olympic team but did win a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Namiq Abdullayev 29 Azerbaijan AZE Gold
2 Sammie Henson 29 United States USA Silver
3 Amiran Kardanov 24 Greece GRE Bronze
4 German Kontoyev 28 Belarus BLR
5 Oleksandr Zakharuk 24 Ukraine UKR
6 Maulen Mamyrov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Vitalie Railean 25 Moldova MDA 8 15
8 Adkhamdzhon Akhilov 24 Uzbekistan UZB 4 14
9 Jin Ju-Dong 28 North Korea PRK 4 10
10 Chikara Tanabe 25 Japan JPN 4 9
11 Nurdin Donbayev 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 4 6
12 Leonid Chuchunov 25 Russia RUS 4 4
13 Behnam Tayebi Kermani 25 Iran IRI 4 4
14 Wilfredo García 22 Cuba CUB 3 5
15 Vasilij Zeiher 29 Germany GER 2 3
16 Tümendembereliin Züünbayan 26 Mongolia MGL 1 6
17 Mun Myeong-Sik 28 South Korea KOR 1 2
18 Martin Liddle 22 New Zealand NZL 0 0
19 Ivan Tsonov 34 Bulgaria BUL 0 0