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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: UKR Elbrus Tedieiev
Silver: USA Jamill Kelly
Bronze: RUS Makhach Murtazaliyev

Summary

Ukrainian [Elbrus Tedieiev] had had a very long career, winning a World title in 1995, and winning Worlds again in 1999 and 2002. He won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics, but struggled at Sydney in 2000 and did not approach the podium. Tedieiev made it to the final in Athina where he met unheralded American [Jamill Kelly]. Kelly had never won a state high school title, an NCAA title, and, until 2004, a US national title, but when he did the latter earlier in 2004, he made the US Olympic Team. In the semi-finals he upset Russian [Makhach Murtazaliyev], the 2004 European Champion. Kelly had come a long way, but the final was an easy victory for Tedieiev, who went ahead 5-0, and held on to win, 5-1. Tedieiev retired after the 2004 Olympics and entered politics, becoming a People’s Deputy of Ukraine in 2006.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Elbrus Tedieiev 29 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Jamill Kelly 26 United States USA Silver
3 Makhach Murtazaliyev 20 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Leonid Spiridonov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 Kazuhiko Ikematsu 24 Japan JPN
6 Apostolos Taskoudis 19 Greece GRE
7 Ömer Çubukçu 24 Turkey TUR 6 8
8 Serafim Barzakov 29 Bulgaria BUL 5 15
9 Serguei Rondon 24 Cuba CUB 5 12
10 Ramesh Kumar 22 India IND 4 11
11 Zhirayr Hovhannisyan 23 Armenia ARM 4 13
12 Elman Əsgərov 28 Azerbaijan AZE 4 9
13 Artur Tavkazakhov 28 Uzbekistan UZB 4 7
14 Baek Jin-Guk 27 South Korea KOR 4 6
15 Gábor Hatos 20 Hungary HUN 4 4
16 Štefan Fernyák 31 Slovakia SVK 2 2
17 Evan MacDonald 23 Canada CAN 1 7
18 Ali Reza Dabir 26 Iran IRI 1 4
19 Ruslan Bodişteanu 27 Moldova MDA 1 3
20 Fred Jessey 26 Nigeria NGR 1 2
21 Otar Tushishvili 26 Georgia GEO 0 0