Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 25, 2000
Date Finished: September 27, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.
The favorite was two-time World Champion (1998-99) Kim In-Seop of Korea, although he had a big challenger in Bulgarian [Armen Nazaryan]. Nazaryan had won a gold medal at Atlanta as a flyweight, when he competed for Armenia. He had since settled in Bulgaria, home of his girlfriend and future wife, and won three straight bronze medals at the Worlds and won the 1998-99 European Championships. Kim and Nazaryan were unchallenged and met in the final, with Nazaryan winning by fall in 2:47, after leading 10-3. Nazaryan continued to dominate the class for Bulgaria, winning three World and two European Championships over the next five years, and adding a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics.
|2||Kim In-Seop||27||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|6||Jim Gruenwald||30||United States||USA|