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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Light-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 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.

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