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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman

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Events:
Phases:

Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: GEO Manuchar K'virk'velia
Silver: CHN Chang Yongxiang
Bronze: FRA Christophe Guénot
BUL Yavor Yanakiev

Summary

Bulgarian Yavor Yanakiev was the 2007 World Champion, but he lost in the first round against China’s Chang Yongxiang, the 2008 Asian Champion. Chang went all the way to the final, where he met Georgian [Manuchar K’virk’velia], the 2003 World Champion, who had defeated Hungary’s 2008 European Champion, Péter Bácsi, in the semi-finals. The final was not close as K’virk’velia dominated Chang, winning the first two periods, 6-0 / 3-0. However, Chang’s silver was the first ever won by a Chinese man in Olympic wrestling. The bronze medals went to Yanakiev and France’s Christophe Guénot, whose previous best international finish was a bronze at the 2005 Mediterranean Games. Shortly before this class ended, Guénot’s brother, Steeve, had won the welterweight Greco-Roman gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Manuchar K'virk'velia 29 Georgia GEO Gold
2 Chang Yongxiang 24 China CHN Silver
3T Yavor Yanakiev 23 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
3T Christophe Guénot 29 France FRA Bronze
5T Oleg Mikhalovich 19 Belarus BLR
5T Péter Bácsi 25 Hungary HUN
7 Varteres Samurgashev 28 Russia RUS
8 Roman Melyoshin 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
9 Konstantin Schneider 33 Germany GER
10 Arsen Julfalakyan 21 Armenia ARM
11 Sixto Barrera 24 Peru PER
12 İlqar Abdulov 27 Azerbaijan AZE
13 Julian Kwit 24 Poland POL
14 Valdemaras Venckaitis 24 Lithuania LTU
15 Volodymyr Shatskykh 27 Ukraine UKR
16 T. C. Dantzler 37 United States USA
17 Şeref Tüfenk 24 Turkey TUR
18 Hassan Shahsavan 32 Australia AUS
19 Mark O. Madsen 23 Denmark DEN
20 Messaoud Zeghdane 27 Algeria ALG