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.
Ukrainian Elbrus Tedieiev had had a very long career, winning a World title back 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, never won an NCAA title, and until 2004, had never won a US national title, but when he did that 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.
|2||Jamill Kelly||26||United States||USA||Silver|
|14||Baek Jin-Guk||27||South Korea||KOR||4||6|
|18||Ali Reza Dabir||26||Iran||IRI||1||4|