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.
|Bronze:|| Christophe Guénot
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. Chang's silver, however, 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.
|16||T. C. Dantzler||37||United States||USA|
|19||Mark O. Madsen||23||Denmark||DEN|