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.
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.
|2||Matt Lindland||30||United States||USA||Silver|
|5||Kim Jin-Su||26||South Korea||KOR|