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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Flyweight, Freestyle

Wrestling at the 2004 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 22, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to semi-finals. Runners-up in each pool advanced to classification round for 5/6 places.

Gold: UKR Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn
Silver: JPN Chiharu Icho
Bronze: USA Patricia Miranda


Ukraine's [Iryna Merleni] was World Champion in 2000-01 and 2003 and came in as the heavy favorite. Other medal contenders were German [Brigitte Wagner], 2002 World Champion and 2003 European Champion, Tajikistani [Lidiya Karamchakova], a five-time European Champion, and twice runner-up at the Worlds, and American [Patricia Miranda], runner-up to Merleni at the 2003 Worlds. There were four pools with Merleni and Miranda advancing but Karamchakova lost out in her pool to Merleni and Wagner was defeated in pool one by Japan's [Chiharu Icho]. Merleni crushed Miranda in the semis, 9-0, and advanced to the final against Icho. The final was desperately close, going to overtime, and ending in a 2-2 tie, with Merleni winning the gold medal on officials' decision. This was the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in women's wrestling. Icho would return in 2008 and win silver again. Her sister, [Kaori Icho], won a gold medal in middleweight only ½-hour after this event ended.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn 22 Ukraine UKR Gold
2 Chiharu Icho 22 Japan JPN Silver
3 Patricia Miranda 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Angélique Berthenet 27 France FRA
5 Larisa Orzhak 19 Russia RUS
6 Brigitte Wagner 20 Germany GER
7 Lidiya Karamchakova 36 Tajikistan TJK 7 8
8 Tsogtbazaryn Enkhjargal 23 Mongolia MGL 5 16
9 Li Hui 19 China CHN 6 24
10 Fani Psatha 28 Greece GRE 5 8
11 Lyndsay Belisle 26 Canada CAN 1 3
12 Mayelis Caripa 23 Venezuela VEN 1 1
13 Leopoldina Ross 28 Guinea Bissau GBS 0 0
14 Fadhila Louati 25 Tunisia TUN 0 0