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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
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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.

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 Shamil 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