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Wrestling at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Pierre Charbonneau Centre, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler.

Gold: URS Oleksandr Kolchynskiy
Silver: BUL Aleksandar Tomov
Bronze: ROU Roman Codreanu


Bulgaria’s [Aleksandar Tomov] was a clear favorite, having won the 1971 and 1973-75 World Championships and the European title in 1972-73 and 1976. Tomov had also won the silver medal in this class at München in 1972. Thus it was a shock in the first round when Tomov was defeated by American [Pete Lee], who threw Tomov in 1:14. Tomov went on to win all his remaining preliminary matches but it would not be enough to overcome Soviet [Oleksandr Kolchynskiy], who won all his preliminary matches by falls and went to the final round with 0.0 bad points. There he met Tomov, who had defeated Kolchynskiy six consecutive times, including at the 1976 Europeans, but in Montréal Kolchynskiy prevailed by decision, 12-6, to win the gold medal, with Tomov settling for another silver. Lee would place fifth and was eliminated after a fourth-round loss to Romania’s [Roman Codreanu], who went on to win bronze. In 1980 at Moskva, Kolchynskiy would repeat as gold medalist, again defeating Tomov, who would win his third consecutive silver in this class.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Oleksandr Kolchynskiy 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Aleksandar Tomov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Roman Codreanu 23 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Henryk Tomanek 21 Poland POL
5 Pete Lee 25 United States USA
6 János Rovnyai 25 Hungary HUN
7T Richard Wolff 27 West Germany FRG
7T Einar Gundersen 27 Norway NOR
AC Seiji Matsunaga 21 Japan JPN Withdrew r3/5 4,0
AC Carlos Braconi 28 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Mamadou Sakho 25 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Arne Robertsson 34 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/5 8,0