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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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 Murat Kardanov
Silver: USA Matt Lindland
Bronze: FIN Marko Yli-Hannuksela

Summary

This class was completely open, as multiple wrestlers had made podiums at recent internationals, but nobody had stepped forward to dominate the class. The semi-finals came down to Russian Murat Kardanov against Finland’s Marko Yli-Hannuksela, with Kardanov winning, 4-0; and American Matt Lindland against Ukraine’s Davyd Manukian, with Lindland winning easily, 7-4. The final saw Kardanov move out to a 3-0 lead quickly and he then held on to win, playing defense for the last four minutes. Kardanov had been World Cup Champion in 1992 and 1995 and was the 1998 European Champion, but his gold medal came from the blue. Lindland was also not well known, but would win a silver medal at the 2001 World Championships and then turned to mixed martial arts, competing with multiple groups in that fighting sport in the United States. Yli-Hannuksela would improve to a silver medal in this class at the 2004 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Murat Kardanov 29 Russia RUS Gold
2 Matt Lindland 30 United States USA Silver
3 Marko Yli-Hannuksela 26 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Davyd Manukian 30 Ukraine UKR
5 Kim Jin-Su 26 South Korea KOR
6 Ara Abrahamian 25 Sweden SWE
7 Vyacheslav Makarenko 24 Belarus BLR 8 47
8 T'ariel Melelashvili 24 Georgia GEO 7 4
9 Artur Michalkiewicz 23 Poland POL 6 14
10 Bakhtiyar Bayseitov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 4 7
11 Yevgeny Yerofaylov 25 Uzbekistan UZB 4 7
12 Dimitrios Avramis 25 Greece GRE 4 5
13 Nazmi Avluca 23 Turkey TUR 4 4
14 Tamás Berzicza 25 Hungary HUN 3 2
15 Yvon Riemer 29 France FRA 2 3
16 Xviça Biçinaşvili 26 Azerbaijan AZE 1 2
17 Takamitsu Katayama 28 Japan JPN 1 2
18 Levon Geghamyan 23 Armenia ARM 1 1
19 Fa'afetai Iutana 23 Samoa SAM 0 0
20 Kader Silia 21 Algeria ALG 0 0