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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: RUS Buvaysar Saytiyev
Silver: UZB Soslan Tigiyev
Bronze: BLR Murad Gaydarov
BUL Kiril Terziev


Russia’s [Buvaysar Saytiyev] had won the gold medal in this class in 1996 and 2004, and was a six-time World and six-time European Champion. His star had dimmed a bit, however, and he was not chosen for the 2007 World Championships, which were won by Makhach Murtazaliyev. Saytiyev and Murtazaliyev wrestled off for the spot at Beijing, won by Saytiyev. Saytiyev made it to the finals in Beijing, where he faced Uzbeki [Soslan Tigiyev]. Tigiyev won the first period but Saytiyev dramatically recovered to win the last two periods and the gold medal. At London in 2012 Tigiyev appeared to add a bronze medal to his Beijing silver, but he would be disqualified for a doping positive for methylhexaneamine. Saytiyev’s gold medal in Beijing made him the only Olympic wrestler to win three gold medals in the same class, but not consecutively.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Buvaysar Saytiyev 33 Russia RUS Gold
2 Soslan Tigiyev 24 Uzbekistan UZB Silver
3T Murad Gaydarov 28 Belarus BLR Bronze
3T Kiril Terziev 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
5T Stefan Gheorghiţă 22 Romania ROU
5T Iván Fundora 32 Cuba CUB
7 Ben Askren 24 United States USA
8 Arsen Gitinov 31 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
9 Emzarios Betinidis 32 Greece GRE
10 Ahmet Gülhan 31 Turkey TUR
11 Cho Byung-Kwan 27 South Korea KOR
12 Gela Saghirashvili 27 Georgia GEO
13 Si Riguleng 28 China CHN
14 Ibrahim Aldatov 24 Ukraine UKR
15 Camsulvaray Camsulvarayev 23 Azerbaijan AZE
16 Krystian Brzozowski 26 Poland POL
17 Augusto Midana 24 Guinea Bissau GBS
18 Matt Gentry 26 Canada CAN
19 Meisam Mostafa Jokar 23 Iran IRI
20 István Veréb 20 Hungary HUN
21 Ali Abdo 27 Australia AUS