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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, 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 29, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Adam Saytiyev
Silver: CUB Yoel Romero
Bronze: MKD Mogamed Ibragimov
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Summary

The two co-favorites were Russian Adam Saytiyev and Cuban Yoel Romero. Both were World Champions in 1999, Romero in this class and Saytiyev as a middleweight. Saytiyev had also won three consecutive European Championships coming into Sydney. They dominated the competition, moving into the knockout round and meeting each other in the final. The final was expected to be close, but Saytiyev moved ahead 7-1, and then pinned Romero with only 44 seconds left in the match.

Both continued to have interesting careers post-Sydney. Saytiyev won the 2002 World Championships and the 2006 European Championships. Romero won silver medals at the 2002 and 2005 Worlds, and a gold medal at the 2004 Pan American Games. In 2007 he defected to Germany and then took up mixed martial arts as a professional fighter, fighting with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) troupe.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Adam Saytiyev 22 Russia RUS Gold
2 Yoel Romero 23 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Mogamed Ibragimov 26 Macedonia MKD Bronze
4 Amir Reza Khadem Azgadhi 30 Iran IRI
5 Charles Burton 26 United States USA
6 Yang Hyeong-Mo 29 South Korea KOR
7 Gábor Kapuvári 26 Hungary HUN 7 11
8 Nicolae Ghiţă 32 Romania ROU 6 14
9 Beybulat Musayev 23 Belarus BLR 5 14
10 Magomed Kurugliyev 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 4 14
11 Igors Samušonoks 27 Latvia LAT 4 9
12 Davyd Bichinashvili 25 Ukraine UKR 4 8
13 Justin Abdou 29 Canada CAN 4 8
14 Makharbek Khadartsev 34 Uzbekistan UZB 4 5
15 Alioune Diouf 33 Senegal SEN 3 10
16 Grégory Martinetti 27 Switzerland SUI 1 7
17 Tatsuo Kawai 27 Japan JPN 1 6
18 Ali Özen 29 Turkey TUR 1 2
19 Igor Praporshchikov 24 Australia AUS 0 0
20 Vincent Aka-Akesse 24 Cote d'Ivoire CIV 0 0