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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: UZB Artur Taymazov
Silver: RUS Bakhtiyar Akhmedov
Bronze: SVK David Musuľbes
KAZ Marid Mutalimov

Summary

Uzbeki Artur Taymazov had won a silver medal in this class in 2000 and then won the gold medal in 2004. He had won the 2006 World Championships and was favored to win his second consecutive gold in Beijing. In the semi-finals he faced [David Musul’bes], who had won the 2000 gold medal representing Russia. Musul’bes had not been chosen for the 2004 Olympic team so left the Russian squad and began competing for Slovakia, as he did in Beijing. The match between the last two gold medalists was very close, but Taymazov prevailed, winning the first two periods 1-0. In the final Taymazov faced Russian Bakhtiyar Akhmedov, also shutting him in and winning in two straight periods. Taymazov would return in 2012 and win his third consecutive gold medal in this class. Musul’bes held on and won a bronze medal in Beijing, along with Kazakh Marid Mutalimov.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Artur Taymazov 29 Uzbekistan UZB Gold
2 Bakhtiyar Akhmedov 21 Russia RUS Silver
3T David Musuľbes 36 Slovakia SVK Bronze
3T Marid Mutalimov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
5T Disney Rodríguez 22 Cuba CUB
5T Fardin Masoumi 30 Iran IRI
7 Steve Mocco 26 United States USA
8 Ottó Aubéli 33 Hungary HUN
9 Aydın Polatçı 31 Turkey TUR
10 Liang Lei 26 China CHN
11 Ivan Ishchenko 28 Ukraine UKR
12 Bartłomiej Bartnicki 27 Poland POL
13 Bozhidar Boyadzhiev 30 Bulgaria BUL
14 Əli İsayev 24 Azerbaijan AZE
15 Kim Jae-Gang 20 South Korea KOR
16 Florian Temengil 21 Palau PLW
17 Rajiv Tomer 27 India IND
18T Wilson Seiwari 35 Nigeria NGR
18T Rareş Chintoan 25 Romania ROU
20 Lawrence Langowski 23 Mexico MEX