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Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 25, 2004
Date Finished: August 26, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: EGY Karam Gaber
Silver: GEO Ramaz Nozadze
Bronze: TUR Mehmet Özal

Summary

Twice a World silver medalist, Egyptian Karam Gaber got stronger as this tournament went on. He came thru the four-man pool seven to make the knockout round, where he had a quarter-final bye because his pool had four wrestlers. In the semi-finals Gaber won in only 69 seconds over Turkey’s Mehmet Özal, the 2002 World Champion. Gaber then met Georgian Ramaz Nozadze, the 2003 European Champion, in the final, and crushed him, 12-1, in less than four minutes. Gaber would later go down in weight and win a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics as a light-heavy. All three medalists would compete in this class again at the 2008 Olympics, but their best finish would be a 10th by Özal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Karam Gaber 24 Egypt EGY Gold
2 Ramaz Nozadze 20 Georgia GEO Silver
3 Mehmet Özal 30 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Ernesto Peña Williams 25 Cuba CUB
5 Gennady Chkhaidze 30 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
6 Gogi Koguashvili 30 Russia RUS
7 Georgios Koutsioumbas 23 Greece GRE 7 13
8 Kaloyan Dinchev 24 Bulgaria BUL 5 13
9 Lajos Virág 27 Hungary HUN 4 5
10 Marek Sitnik 29 Poland POL 4 5
11 Mirko Englich 25 Germany GER 4 4
12 Sergey Lishtvan 33 Belarus BLR 4 0
13 Mindaugas Ežerskis 27 Lithuania LTU 3 6
14 Aleksey Cheglakov 30 Uzbekistan UZB 3 3
15 Petru Sudureac 30 Romania ROU 2 3
16 David Saldadze 26 Ukraine UKR 2 2
17 Igors Kostins 22 Latvia LAT 1 2
18 Martin Lidberg 31 Sweden SWE 1 1
19 Garrett Lowney 24 United States USA 1 1
20 John Tarkong, Jr. 38 Palau PLW 0 0
21 Aset Mambetov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0
AC Masoud Hashemzadeh 22 Iran IRI DQ