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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 28, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Buvaysar Saytiyev
Silver: KAZ Gennady Laliyev
Bronze: CUB Iván Fundora

Summary

The dominant wrestler in this class since 1995 had been Buvaysar Saytiyev, who was Olympic Champion in 1996, and had since won five World and five European Championships. He was upset at the 2000 Olympics by American Brandon Slay, but resumed his winning ways, coming to Athina as a the 2001 and 2003 World Champion.

At the 2003 Worlds, Saytiyev had barely beaten Murad Gaydarov of Belarus, winning on classification points after they tied 2-2 after overtime. They met again in the quarterfinals in Athina, and were again tied 2-2 after regulation time, but Saytiyev won when he was given a controversial point after only six seconds in overtime. Gaydarov was not happy and in the mixed zone he went after Saytiyev, with the two having to be separated by police. Gaydarov was disqualified, while Saytiyev kept winning, taking a second gold medal by defeating Kazakh Gennady Laliyev in the final, 7-0. Saytiyev won his third gold medal in 2008, making him the only Olympic wrestler to win three gold medals in the same class, but not consecutively. He would also finish his career, after 2008, with six World titles and six European titles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Buvaysar Saytiyev 29 Russia RUS Gold
2 Gennady Laliyev 25 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver
3 Iván Fundora 28 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Krystian Brzozowski 22 Poland POL
5 Joe Williams 29 United States USA
6 Daniel Igali 30 Canada CAN
7 Salvatore Rinella 29 Italy ITA 5 13
8 Arayik Gevorgyan 31 Armenia ARM 4 11
9 Yusuf Abdusalomov 26 Tajikistan TJK 4 9
10 Emzarios Betinidis 28 Greece GRE 4 6
11 Nikolay Paslar 24 Bulgaria BUL 4 6
12 Kunihiko Obata 23 Japan JPN 3 8
13 Mehdi Hajizadeh 22 Iran IRI 3 7
14 Gela Saghirashvili 23 Georgia GEO 2 6
15 Elnur Aslanov 21 Azerbaijan AZE 2 4
16 Árpád Ritter 29 Hungary HUN 2 3
17 Sihamir Osmanov 29 Macedonia MKD 1 1
18 Sujeet Maan 25 India IND 0 0
19 Nate Ackerman 26 Great Britain GBR 0 0
20 Ali Abdo 23 Australia AUS 0 0
AC Murad Gaydarov 24 Belarus BLR DQ