Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 26, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.
This class did have an overwhelming favorite but it would not do him much good. Russian [Gogi Koguashvili] had won the last three World Championships but in pool three he opened against unknown American [Garrett Lowney], who cared little for his reputation. The match went to overtime when Lowney threw Koguashvili to win a major upset. Lowney went to the semis, where he was handily defeated, 8-1, by Sweden’s [Mikael Ljungberg], the 1996 Olympic bronze medalist and twice a World Champion. Ljungberg then met Ukrainian [Davyd Soldadze] in the final with Ljungberg winning a narrow victory, 2-1. Ljungberg would later suffer from mental illness and committed suicide in 2004 while undergoing treatment for depression.
|3||Garrett Lowney||20||United States||USA||Bronze|
|10||Park U||27||South Korea||KOR||4||11|
|18||Marek Švec||27||Czech Republic||CZE||1||2|