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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 29, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top four in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-8th place.

Gold: URS Sergey Beloglazov
Silver: IRI Asgari Mohammadian
Bronze: KOR No Gyeong-Seon


Soviet [Sergey Beloglazov] had won the gold medal in this class at Moskva in 1980. By the time of the Seoul Olympics he was a six-time World Champion and came to Korea as the overwhelming favorite. This was a large class and Beloglazov needed to win six matches in Group A to advance to the final, which he did with four falls and two easy decisions. He met Iran’s [Askari Mohammedian], who was just as dominant in Group B, until his final match against Bulgarian [Valentin Ivanov], narrowly defeating Ivanov, 5-4. The final was somewhat close, though Beloglazov was never in trouble, winning a 5-1 decision to earn his second Olympic gold medal. Bronze went to Korean [No Gyeong-Seon], who had defeated Ivanov in the final match of Group B, and then defeated Turkey’s [Ahmet Ak], bronze medalist at the 1987 Worlds and silver medalist at the 1988 Europeans, to take third place. Mohammedian won another Olympic silver medal in 1992, that time as a featherweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Sergey Beloglazov 32 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Asgari Mohammadian 25 Iran IRI Silver
3 No Gyeong-Seon 24 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Ahmet Ak 22 Turkey TUR
5 Valentin Ivanov 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 Béla Nagy 26 Hungary HUN
7 Khaltmaagiin Battuul 22 Mongolia MGL
8 Ryo Kanehama 21 Japan JPN
AC Larry Holmes 26 Canada CAN Eliminated r4/7 Group A 7,0
AC Jürgen Scheibe 19 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/7 Group A 5,0
AC Josef-Georg Auer 23 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,0
AC Barry Davis 27 United States USA Eliminated r3/7 Group A 4,0
AC Vinod Kumar 23 India IND Eliminated r3/7 Group A 3,0
AC Muhammad Azeem 33 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r2/7 Group A 4,0
AC Jozef Schwendtner 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/7 Group A 2,0
AC David Ogden 20 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 Group A 1,0
AC Dariusz Grzywiński 19 Poland POL Eliminated r2/7 Group A 1,0
AC Brent Hollamby 24 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r4/6 Group B 8,0
AC Zoran Å orov 26 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/6 Group B 5,0
AC Jorge Olvera 27 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,0
AC Mourad Zelfani 25 Tunisia TUN Eliminated r3/6 Group B 3,5
AC Chen Yongliang 20 China CHN Eliminated r3/6 Group B 3,0
AC Jesmond Giordemaina 22 Malta MLT Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Ramón Meña 20 Panama PAN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 1,0
AC Waruingi Kimani 25 Kenya KEN Eliminated r2/6 Group B 0,0