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Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Sangmu Gynmasium, Seongnam
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 21, 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 Aleksandr Karelin
Silver: BUL Rangel Gerovski
Bronze: SWE Tomas Johansson


This class was different than in past Olympics as there was a maximum weight limit for the first time, with wrestlers required to no more than 130 kg, or 286 lbs. This was to prevent the massive men who had taken over this class since American [Chris Taylor] in 1972, who weighed in at over 400 lbs. (182 kg) at the München Olympics.

This class also began the era of [Aleksandr Karelin], the Soviet Russian bear of a man who would dominated Greco-Roman wrestling for the next 12 years. Karelin won the gold medal in Seoul by defeating Bulgarian [Rangel Gerovski] in the final, 5-3, although Gerovski had gotten off to an early 3-0 lead. Karelin would repeat the gold medal performance in 1992 and 1996, and won every World title from 1989-99, before being finally defeated at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in a major upset by American [Rulon Gardner].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Aleksandr Karelin 20 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Rangel Gerovski 29 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Tomas Johansson 26 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Hassan El-Haddad 31 Egypt EGY
5 László Klauz 26 Hungary HUN
6 Kazuya Deguchi 22 Japan JPN
7 Roman Wrocławski 33 Poland POL
8 Duane Koslowski 29 United States USA
AC Alexander Neumüller 22 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/4 Group A 5,0
AC Lubomír David 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/4 Group A 4,0
AC Fritz Gerdsmeier 26 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/4 Group A 1,0
AC Khodr Bechara 23 Lebanon LIB Eliminated r2/4 Group A 0,0
AC Navind Ramsaran 27 Mauritius MRI Eliminated r2/5 Group B 4,0
AC Daniel Payne 22 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0
AC Farhan Mohammed Iraq IRQ Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0
AC Fabio Valguarnera 21 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0