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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 5, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992
Format: Two groups (A and B). Double elimination tournament within each group. Top five in each group advance to placement matches for 1st-10th place.

Gold: USA John Smith
Silver: IRI Asgari Mohammadian
Bronze: CUB Lázaro Reinoso


This class was unusual in international wrestling as there was an overwhelming favorite and it was an American. [John Smith] had won the gold medal in 1988 and was World Champion in 1987 and 1989-91, also winning Pan American gold medals in 1987 and 1991. He had also won the World Cup in 1989 and 1991 and was Goodwill Games champion in 1990.

This competition, however, was much closer than expected. Smith barely won his first two matches, 3-2 and 2-1, and then lost his final match in Group A to Cuban [Lázaro Reinoso], 3-1, on points. Smith, Reinoso, and Unified Team wrestler [Magomed Azizov] all ended Group A with one loss, but Smith advanced on more classification points in the head-to-head matches. In the final Smith met Iran’s [Asgari Mohammadian], the 1988 Olympic silver medalist as a bantamweight. Smith finally came out of his funk and won fairly easily, shutting out Mohammadian, 6-0, to defend his gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 John Smith 26 United States USA Gold
2 Asgari Mohammadian 29 Iran IRI Silver
3 Lázaro Reinoso 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Rosen Vasilev 26 Bulgaria BUL
5 Magomed Azizov 23 Unified Team EUN
6 Musa Ilhan 22 Australia AUS
7 Martin Müller 25 Switzerland SUI
8 Sin Sang-Gyu 24 South Korea KOR
9 Karsten Polky 27 Germany GER
10 Anibál Nieves 26 Puerto Rico PUR
AC Kim Gwang-Chol 22 North Korea PRK Eliminated r4/5 Group A 5,0
AC Giovanni Schillaci 24 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/5 Group A 5,0
AC İsmail Faikoğlu 26 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/5 Group A 5,0
AC Marty Calder 25 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/5 Group A 2,0
AC Takumi Adachi 26 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 2,0
AC Tjaart du Plessis 25 South Africa RSA Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Eduards Žukovs 20 Latvia LAT Eliminated r4/6 Group B 6,0
AC Dariusz Grzywiński 23 Poland POL Eliminated r3/6 Group B 4,0
AC Georgios Moustopoulos 21 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/6 Group B 3,0
AC Vicente Cáceres 25 Spain ESP Eliminated r2/6 Group B 2,0
AC Dharan Singh Dahiya 25 India IND Eliminated r2/6 Group B 2,0