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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: RUS Islam-Beka Albiyev
Silver: AZE Vitaliy Rəhimov
Bronze: KAZ Nurbakyt Tengizbayev
KGZ Ruslan Tyumenbayev


Because FILA still refused to seed wrestling draws, many of the favorites met in early rounds. Armenian-born Bulgarian [Armen Nazaryan], a two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and 2000, met the 2007 World Champion, Georgian [Davit Bedinadze], in the first round and eliminated him. Nazaryan then defeated [Makoto Sasamoto] of Japan, the 2007 World silver medalist, taking three periods to win. Nazaryan then lost to Azerbaijani [Vitaliy Rəhimov], however, the 2005 European Champion, and was eliminated. Defending champion [Jeong Ji-Hyeon] of Korea also lost in the quarter-finals, going out against Kazakh [Nurbakyt Tengizbayev], who then lost to Rəhimov. The final came down to Rəhimov against 19-year-old Russian [Islam-Beka Albiyev], bronze medalist at the 2007 World Cup. Albiyev won fairly easily, taking two straight periods without giving up a point, and at 19 years, 227 days, became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, and the second youngest male gold medalist in Olympic wrestling, after Yugoslav Macedonian [Šaban Trstena], who was six days younger in 1984. All four medalists were from former Soviet republics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Islam-Beka Albiyev 19 Russia RUS Gold
2 Vitaliy Rəhimov 23 Azerbaijan AZE Silver
3T Ruslan Tyumenbayev 22 Kyrgyzstan KGZ Bronze
3T Nurbakyt Tengizbayev 25 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
5T Roberto Monzón 30 Cuba CUB
5T Sheng Jiang 25 China CHN
7 Armen Nazaryan 34 Bulgaria BUL
8 Eusebiu Diaconu 27 Romania ROU
9 Jeong Ji-Hyeon 25 South Korea KOR
10 Makoto Sasamoto 31 Japan JPN
11 Dilshod Aripov 31 Uzbekistan UZB
12 Soner Sucu 21 Turkey TUR
13 Sébastien Hidalgo 30 France FRA
14 Ashraf El-Gharably 29 Egypt EGY
15 Davor Štefanek 22 Serbia SRB
16 Davit Bedinadze 23 Georgia GEO
17 Karen Mnatsakanyan 31 Armenia ARM
18 Jarkko Ala-Huikku 28 Finland FIN
19 Stig André Berge 25 Norway NOR
20 Yury Dubinin 31 Belarus BLR