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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984
Format: Two groups of competitors. Placement within each group decided by a series of matches with positive points awarded for each result, from 4.0 for victory by fall, to 0.0 for defeat by fall. When three wrestlers remained within a group, they wrestled a round-robin series to determine the top three placements within the group. The winners of each group then wrestled for 1st and 2nd place. Runners-up in each group wrestled for 3rd and 4th place. Third-place finishers within each group wrestled for 5th and 6th place..

Gold: YUG Å aban Trstena
Silver: KOR Kim Jong-Gyu
Bronze: JPN Yuji Takada


The top wrestler in this class world-wide was Bulgarian [Valentin Yordanov], but he was not in Los Angeles due to the Eastern Bloc boycott. Yordanov succeeded Japan’s [Yuji Takada], the 1976 Olympic champion and multiple World Champion, who had been forced to miss the 1980 Olympics because of the American-led boycott. Takada was back in 1984, as was Yugoslav Macedonian [Šaban Trstena], who had won the 1984 European title. Trstena and Takada met in the final of Group B, with Trstena winning a decision on criteria. This gave him the gold medal, because the winner of Group A, Korean [Kim Jong-Gyu], was injured winning his final match against West German [Fritz Niebler], and could not compete in the gold medal match. Takada won bronze by defeating Canadian [Ray Takahashi], 12-0, winning his second Olympic medal eight years after his first. Through 2012, Trstena is the youngest ever male wrestling gold medalist.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Å aban Trstena 19 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Kim Jong-Gyu 26 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Yuji Takada 30 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Ray Takahashi 25 Canada CAN
5 Arslan Seyhanlı 24 Turkey TUR
6 Mahabir Singh 19 India IND
7 Fritz Niebler 25 West Germany FRG
8 Liang Dejin 23 China CHN
AC Iván Garcés 18 Ecuador ECU Eliminated r3/5 Group A 5,0
AC Jesmond Giordemaina 18 Malta MLT Eliminated r3/5 Group A 3,5
AC Thierry Bourdin 21 France FRA Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,5
AC Lou Wie-Ki 19 Chinese Taipei TPE Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,5
AC Joe Gonzales 27 United States USA Eliminated r3/3 Group B 5,0
AC Gary Moores 25 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/3 Group B 4,0
AC Farag Ali 21 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/3 Group B 0,0
AC Bernardo Olvera 21 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/3 Group B 0,0
AC Talla Diaw 29 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/3 Group B 0,0