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.
|Silver:||Ali Reza Rezaei|
The weight class was changed slightly, as the upper limit was now only 120 kg, rather than 130 kg, as it had been since 1988. Uzbeki Artur Taymazov had lost the 2000 Olympic final to Russian [David Musul’bes], who had won the World Championships in 2001-02. However, for their 2004 team Russia selected Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov, who had been a World Champion, but that was back in 1997. Taymazov and Kuramagomedov both won their pools and met in the quarter-finals, with Taymazov winning, 7-3. He then won his next two matches easily to win the gold medal, defeating Iranian Ali Reza Rezaei, the 2003 World bronze medalist, by a fall in the final. Taymazov would come to dominant this division, winning the 2006 World Championships and repeating as gold medalist at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Musul’bes was not happy with his snub by Russian officials and in 2007 he switched national allegiance to Slovakia, winning an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 for that nation.
|2||Ali Reza Rezaei||28||Iran||IRI||Silver|
|7||Kerry McCoy||30||United States||USA||7||12|
|15||Palwinder Singh Cheema||21||India||IND||1||4|