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Wrestling at the 2012 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: August 5, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012
Events: 18

Participants: 339 (263 men and 76 women) from 70 countries
Youngest Participant: CIV Rosalie Bénié Tano (18 years, 231 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Dremiel Byers (37 years, 330 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 72 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): RUS Russia (11 medals)

Overview

The wrestling events at the 2012 Summer Olympics were held at the [ExCeL] on the Royal Victoria Dock in London. The site also hosted boxing, fencing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting, and table tennis, making it one of the busiest venues of the Games. The format for the tournament remained the same as it had since 2004, with fourteen events for men, seven each in Greco-Roman and Freestyle, and four for women, all in freestyle.

As in 2008, Russia was the most successful nation in wrestling, winning eleven medals total, four of which were gold. This meant that the Russians were actually somewhat less dominant in 2012, as they had won the same number of medals in Beijing, but six of them had been gold. Japan was the runner-up in the medal table, winning six podium spots, four of which were first, and nearly sweeping the women's events, with three of the four available gold medals. Their fourth gold victory came from Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu in the men's welterweight freestyle event, which was their first in a men's competition since 1988. Another notable result was Sushil Kumar's silver medal in the same event, which marked the first time that an Indian competitor had reached the finals of a wrestling event.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman IRI Hamid Sourian AZE Rövşən Bayramov RUS Mingiyan Semyonov
HUN Péter Módos
Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman IRI Omid Norouzi GEO Revaz Lashkhi RUS Zaur Kuramagomedov
JPN Ryutaro Matsumoto
Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman KOR Kim Hyeon-Wu HUN Tamás Lőrincz FRA Steeve Guénot
GEO Manuchar Tskhadaia
Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman RUS Roman Vlasov ARM Arsen Julfalakyan LTU Aleksandras Kazakevičius
AZE Emin Əhmədov
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman RUS Alan Khugayev EGY Karam Gaber POL Damian Janikowski
KAZ Daniyal Gadzhiyev
Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman IRI Ghasem Rezaei RUS Rustam Totrov SWE Jimmy Lidberg
ARM Artur Aleksanyan
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman CUB Mijaín López EST Heiki Nabi TUR Rıza Kayaalp
SWE Johan Eurén
Men's Featherweight, Freestyle RUS Dzhamal Otarsultanov GEO Vladimer Khinchegashvili PRK Yang Kyong-Il
JPN Shinichi Yumoto
Men's Lightweight, Freestyle AZE Toğrul Əsgərov RUS Besik Kudukhov IND Yogeshwar Dutt
USA Coleman Scott
Men's Welterweight, Freestyle JPN Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu IND Sushil Kumar CUB Liván López
KAZ Akzhurek Tanatarov
Men's Middleweight, Freestyle USA Jordan Burroughs IRI Sadegh Goudarzi HUN Gábor Hatos
RUS Denis Tsargush
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle AZE Şərif Şərifov PUR Jaime Espinal GEO Dato Marsagishvili
IRI Ehsan Lashgari
Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle USA Jake Varner UKR Valeriy Andriitsev AZE Xetaq Qazyumov
GEO Giorgi Gogshelidze
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle UZB Artur Taymazov GEO Davit Modzmanashvili RUS Bilyal Makhov
IRI Komeil Ghasemi
Women's Flyweight, Freestyle JPN Hitomi Obara AZE Mariya Stadnik CAN Carol Huynh
USA Clarissa Chun
Women's Lightweight, Freestyle JPN Saori Yoshida CAN Tonya Verbeek COL Jackeline Rentería
AZE Yuliya Ratkeviç
Women's Middleweight, Freestyle JPN Kaori Icho CHN Jing Ruixue RUS Lyubov Volosova
MGL Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg
Women's Heavyweight, Freestyle RUS Nataliya Vorobyova BUL Stanka Zlateva KAZ Gyuzel Manyurova
ESP Maider Unda