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.
This was the only 2004 women’s wrestling event in which the favorite did not win. That role settled on Japan’s [Kyoko Hamaguchi], who had won the 2002-03 World Championships. Her main contenders were expected to be China’s [Wang Xu], runner-up at the 2002 Worlds, American [Toccara Montgomery], runner-up at the 2003 Worlds, and Canadian [Christine Nordhagen], World Champion in 2000 and three times a World Champion as a middleweight. Only Wang and Hamaguchi got through the pools to the knockout phase, where they were drawn against each other in the semi-final, with Wang winning, 6-4, in a controversial decision where the Japanese coaches thought two points awarded to Wang should have gone to Hamaguchi. Wang’s finals opponent was Russian [Gyuzel Manyurova], who had recently won the 2004 European title, but she was no match for Wang, who won the gold medal, 7-2. Hamaguchi did come back to win the bronze medal, which she would repeat at Beijing in 2008. At only 18-years-old, Wang’s victory made her the youngest ever Olympic wrestling champion.
|7||Toccara Montgomery||21||United States||USA||6||11|
|8||Maria Louiza Vryoni||21||Greece||GRE||3||5|