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Wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Date Started: August 1, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 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 Vlado Lisjak
Silver: FIN Tapio Sipilä
Bronze: USA Jim Martinez


The favorite was Finn [Tapio Sipilä] who, unusually for 1984, came in as the defending World Champion. Sipilä seemed to have things well in hand, winning Group B easily, but he then met Yugoslav [Vlado Lisjak] in the final match, Lisjak throwing Sipilä in only 57 seconds to win a big upset gold medal. Lisjak had no international record and was only a last-minute substitute on the Yugoslavian team. Sipilä also won World silver medals in 1981 and 1986, and European bronze medals in 1980-81 and 1983. The bronze medal match came down to favored Romanian [Ştefan Negrişan], the 1982 and 1984 European silver medalist, against American [Jim Martinez], but Martinez prevailed, pinning Negrişan in only 25 seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Vlado Lisjak 22 Yugoslavia YUG Gold
2 Tapio Sipilä 25 Finland FIN Silver
3 Jim Martinez 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Ștefan Negrișan 25 Romania ROU
5 Dietmar Streitler 20 Austria AUT
6 Mohamed Moutei Nakdali 22 Syria SYR
7 Shaban Ibrahim 26 Egypt EGY
8 Sümer Koçak 22 Turkey TUR
AC Saïd Souaken Morocco MAR Eliminated r3/3 Group A 2,0
AC Seiji Nemoto 22 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/3 Group A 1,0
AC Lee Yeon-Ik 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r2/3 Group A 1,0
AC Antonios Papadopoulos 20 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/5 Group B 1,0
AC Boris Goldstein 17 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0
AC Gerry Svensson 26 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0