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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Events:

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.

Gold: TUR Hamza Yerlikaya
Silver: HUN Sándor István Bárdosi
Bronze: GEO Mukhran Vakht'angadze

Summary

The favorite was Turkey’s [Hamza Yerlikaya], the defending gold medalist, who had won the European Championships in 1997-99, but had not featured at the Worlds since Atlanta. In 1996 Yerlikaya had defeated German [Thomas Zander] in the final, but in Sydney they were drawn against each other in pool one. Yerlikaya again defeated Zander, this time by 5-1, and that was his last semi-tough match on his way to the final. The final against Hungarian [Sándor István Bárdosi] was close, going to overtime, and ending in a 3-3 tie, but Yerlikaya defended his gold medal on officials’ decision. In the bronze medal match, Georgian [Mukhran Vakht’angadze] defeated Norway’s [Fritz Aanes], 4-0, but Aanes fourth-place finish would not hold, as he failed a doping test and was disqualified.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Hamza Yerlikaya 24 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Sándor István Bárdosi 23 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Mukhran Vakht'angadze 27 Georgia GEO Bronze
4 Valery Tsilent 30 Belarus BLR
5 Luis Enrique Méndez 26 Cuba CUB
6 Gotcha Tsitsiashvili 26 Israel ISR 8 16
7 Martin Lidberg 27 Sweden SWE 7 3
8 Mohamed Abd El-Fatah 22 Egypt EGY 5 15
9 Toomas Proovel 26 Estonia EST 4 8
10 Yury Vitt 20 Uzbekistan UZB 4 5
11 Eddy Bartolozzi 23 Venezuela VEN 4 5
12 Thomas Zander 33 Germany GER 4 4
13 Aleksandr Menshchikov 27 Russia RUS 3 2
14 V'iacheslav Oliynyk 34 Ukraine UKR 3 6
15 Raatbek Sanatbayev 31 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 2 3
16 Amor Bach Hanba 23 Tunisia TUN 2 2
17 Marko Asell 30 Finland FIN 1 1
18 Arek Olczak 37 Australia AUS 0 0
19 Quincey Clark 28 United States USA 0 0
AC Fritz Aanes 22 Norway NOR DQ