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.
|Bronze:|| Murad Gaydarov
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. But his star had dimmed a bit 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.
|7||Ben Askren||24||United States||USA|
|11||Cho Byung-Kwan||27||South Korea||KOR|
|17||Augusto Midana||24||Guinea Bissau||GBS|
|19||Meisam Mostafa Jokar||23||Iran||IRI|