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Men's Welterweight, 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: TUR Ramazan Şahin
Silver: UKR Andriy Stadnik
Bronze: GEO Otar Tushishvili
IND Sushil Kumar


Turkey’s [Ramazan Şahin] was favored, having won the 2007 World and 2008 European Championships. In the 2007 World final, he had beaten Cuban [Geandry Garzón] and, because FILA does not seed the wrestlers, they met in the first round, with Şahin winning again. He then defeated two-time junior world champion [Mehdi Taghavi] of Iran and 2006 World silver medalist [Otar Tushishvili] of Georgia. The final matched Şahin against Ukraine’s [Andriy Stadnik] and was extremely close, going three periods, with the final period resulting in a 2-2 tie, but Şahin won the gold medal on officials’ decision. Tushishvili shared the bronze medals with Indian [Sushil Kumar], who would come back at London in 2012 and win the silver medal. Stadnik’s wife, [Mariya], had won a bronze medal in women’s flyweight four days earlier, and would improve to a silver at London in 2012, both times representing Azerbaijan

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ramazan Şahin 25 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Andriy Stadnik 26 Ukraine UKR Silver
3T Otar Tushishvili 30 Georgia GEO Bronze
3T Sushil Kumar 25 India IND Bronze
5T Geandry Garzón 24 Cuba CUB
5T Leonid Spiridonov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Irbek Farniyev 28 Russia RUS
8 Buyanjavyn Batzorig 25 Mongolia MGL
9 Albert Batyrov 26 Belarus BLR
10 Mehdi Taghavi 21 Iran IRI
11 Serafim Barzakov 33 Bulgaria BUL
12 Emin Əzizov 23 Azerbaijan AZE
13 Kazuhiko Ikematsu 28 Japan JPN
14 Doug Schwab 31 United States USA
15 Yang Chun-Song 24 North Korea PRK
16 Haislan Veranes 25 Canada CAN
17 Jeong Yeong-Ho 26 South Korea KOR
18 Suren Markosyan 23 Armenia ARM
19 Heinrich Barnes 21 South Africa RSA
20 Wang Qiang 21 China CHN
21 Grégory Sarrasin 29 Switzerland SUI