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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 27, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Cael Sanderson
Silver: KOR Mun Ui-Je
Bronze: RUS Sazhid Sazhidov

Summary

Russia had two good options for this class, with the defending gold medalist, [Adam Saytiyev], and the 2003 World Champion, [Sazhid Sazhidov]. They chose Sazhidov, who had won his 2003 title by defeating American [Cael Sanderson] in the final. Sanderson was the most heralded American folkstyle wrestler since [Dan Gable], having gone undefeated throughout high school and college in the United States, winning four NCAA Championships, and finishing his college career with a 159-0 record. Sanderson was not as successful in freestyle, having lost to various other international wrestlers in the past few years, including Cuban [Yoel Romero] at the 2003 Pan American Games, and he had failed to make the 2000 Olympic team. Sanderson got through his pool and then in the semi-finals avenged his loss to Romero, winning 3-2 to advance to the final. Sazhidov seemed on his way as well, but he lost in the semi-final to Korean [Mun Ui-Je], who had been a silver medalist at Sydney and a two-time silver medalist at the World Championships. Mun went ahead early in the final, but Sanderson came back and won the gold medal, 3-1. Sanderson then retired and started coaching, althought he briefly returned to competition in 2011.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Cael Sanderson 25 United States USA Gold
2 Mun Ui-Je 29 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Sazhid Sazhidov 24 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Yoel Romero 27 Cuba CUB
5 Majid Khodaei 25 Iran IRI
6 Lazaros Loizidis 28 Greece GRE
7 Taras Danko 24 Ukraine UKR 8 10
8 Shomil Aliyev 24 Tajikistan TJK 6 10
9 Nicolae Ghiţă 36 Romania ROU 4 16
10 Hidekazu Yokoyama 33 Japan JPN 4 12
11 Davyd Bichinashvili 29 Germany GER 4 10
12 Miroslav Gochev 20 Bulgaria BUL 4 9
13 Revaz Mindorashvili 28 Georgia GEO 4 4
14 Sergey Borchenko 28 Belarus BLR 4 3
15 Gökhan Yavaşer 26 Turkey TUR 4 0
16 Anuj Kumar 24 India IND 2 6
17 Matar Sène 33 Senegal SEN 2 6
18 Magomed Kurugliyev 30 Kazakhstan KAZ 2 3
19 Mogamed Ibragimov 30 Macedonia MKD 1 2
20 Vincent Aka-Akesse 28 France FRA 0 0
21 Jeffrey Cobb 22 Guam GUM 0 0
AC Mamed Aghaev 28 Armenia ARM DQ