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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 5, 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: EUN Leri Khabelovi
Silver: GER Heiko Balz
Bronze: TUR Ali Kayali


Georgian [Leri Khabelovi] had been favored in 1988 but was upset in the final match and won silver. Since Seoul he had won the 1990-91 World Championships and the 1992 European Championships and was expected to win easily, which he did. Khabelovi advanced through Group B undefeated, giving up only one point. In the final he met German [Heiko Balz], bronze medalist at the 1991 Worlds, who was not scored upon in winning Group A. Khabelovi was careful in the final, scoring two 1-point takedowns to lead 2-0, before Balz scored a late point to make it close, 2-1, but Khabelovi held on to defend his Olympic title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Leri Khabelovi 28 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Heiko Balz 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Ali Kayali 27 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Kim Tae-U 30 South Korea KOR
5 Andrzej Radomski 30 Poland POL
6 Subhash Verma 24 India IND
7 Mark Coleman 27 United States USA
8 Sándor Kiss 30 Hungary HUN
9 Kazem Gholami 35 Iran IRI
10 Miroslav Makaveev 19 Bulgaria BUL
AC Arvi Aavik 22 Estonia EST Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,0
AC Gavin Carrow 31 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Manabu Nakanishi 25 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Petros Bourdoulis 22 Greece GRE Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Magdiel Gutiérrez 24 Nicaragua NCA Eliminated r3/5 Group B 0,0
AC Johan Rossouw 27 South Africa RSA Eliminated r2/5 Group B 2,0
AC Alioune Diouf 25 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Boldyn Javkhlantögs 28 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r2/5 Group B 0,0