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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, 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: RUS Varteres Samurgashev
Silver: CUB Juan Luis Marén
Bronze: GEO Ak'ak'i Chachua
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Summary

Pool one was stacked, because FILA still refused to seed the wrestlers. The three wrestlers in pool one were Russia’s Varteres Samurgashev, the 2000 European Champion; Poland’s [Włodzimierz Zawadzki], the defending Olympic gold medalist; and Turkey’s Şeref Eroğlu, the 1997 World Champion and runner-up in 1998-99. Samurgashev won the pool in a mild upset. Another contender was Kazakh Mkhitar Manukyan, the 1998-99 World Champion, but in those meets he competed for Armenia. Manukyan was eliminated in pool five by Cuban Juan Luis Marén, bronze medalist in this class in 1992 and silver medalist in 1996. Marén and Samurgashev advanced to the final, Samurgashev winning in overtime. This gave Marén his third consecutive medal in the class. Samurgashev competed at the 2004-08 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 2004 as a middleweight. Marén would also compete at Athina in 2004, but did not extend his medal-winning streak.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Varteres Samurgashev 21 Russia RUS Gold
2 Juan Luis Marén 29 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Ak'ak'i Chachua 30 Georgia GEO Bronze
4 Beat Motzer 30 Switzerland SUI
5 Bakhodir Kurbanov 27 Uzbekistan UZB
6 Kevin Bracken 28 United States USA
7 Mkhitar Manukyan 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 8 22
8 Hrihoriy Kamyshenko 28 Ukraine UKR 8 14
9 Yasutoshi Motoki 30 Japan JPN 6 18
10 Şeref Eroğlu 24 Turkey TUR 5 2
11 Choi Sang-Seon 28 South Korea KOR 4 10
12 Vaghinak Galstyan 26 Armenia ARM 4 7
13 Gurbinder Singh 23 India IND 4 6
14 Riccardo Magni 24 Italy ITA 4 3
15 Michael Beilin 24 Israel ISR 3 1
16 Yi Shanjun 23 China CHN 1 2
17 Vitaly Zhuk 27 Belarus BLR 1 1
18 Yassine Djakrir 26 Algeria ALG 1 1
19 Włodzimierz Zawadzki 32 Poland POL 0 0
20 Rasoul Amani 35 New Zealand NZL 0 0