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|