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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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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 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 26, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: SWE Mikael Ljungberg
Silver: UKR David Saldadze
Bronze: USA Garrett Lowney

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Mikael Ljungberg 30 Sweden SWE Gold
2 David Saldadze 22 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Garrett Lowney 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Kostas Thanos 27 Greece GRE
5 Gennady Chkhaidze 26 Georgia GEO
6 Sergey Matviyenko 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Urs Bürgler 28 Switzerland SUI 7 12
8 Mindaugas Ežerskis 23 Lithuania LTU 6 9
9 Sergey Lishtvan 29 Belarus BLR 6 13
10 Park U 27 South Korea KOR 4 11
11 Petru Sudureac 26 Romania ROU 4 8
12 Gogi Koguashvili 26 Russia RUS 4 6
13 Andrzej Wroński 35 Poland POL 3 7
14 Rafayel Samurgashev 37 Armenia ARM 3 1
15 Reynaldo Peña 31 Cuba CUB 3 1
16 Hakkı Başar 30 Turkey TUR 2 3
17 Hassan Fkiri 26 Tunisia TUN 1 3
18 Marek Švec 27 Czech Republic CZE 1 2
19 Ali Mollov 29 Bulgaria BUL 1 1
20 Ben Vincent 23 Australia AUS 0 0