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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, 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: EUN Makharbek Khadartsev
Silver: TUR Kenan Şimşek
Bronze: USA Chris Campbell


Former Soviet [Makharbek Khadartsev] was the defending gold medalist and had won the last five World Championships. He defended his gold medal easily in group competition, then won the final with a careful victory over Turkey’s [Kenan Şimşek], winning 1-0, while playing defense in the last half of the bout.

The bronze medal went to American [Chris Campbell], who came a long way for that medal. He had made the 1980 Olympic team but could not compete but then won the 1981 World Championship as a middleweight. Campbell was injured in 1984, did not make the US team, and then retired. He came back in 1989 and was runner-up to Khadartsev at the 1990 Worlds. In Barcelona he was drawn against Khadartsev in the first match and lost, 7-0, but Campbell won all his remaining matches, including the bronze medal bout against Mongolian [Puntsagiin Sükhbat] to earn his long-sought Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Makharbek Khadartsev 26 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Kenan Şimşek 24 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Chris Campbell 37 United States USA Bronze
4 Puntsagiin Sükhbat 27 Mongolia MGL
5 Ayoub Baninosrat 24 Iran IRI
6 Roberto Limonta 30 Cuba CUB
7 Marek Garmulewicz 24 Poland POL
8 Renato Lombardo 27 Italy ITA
9 Iraklis Deskoulidis 30 Greece GRE
10 Ludwig Schneider 23 Germany GER
AC Akira Ota 35 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,0
AC Jozef Palatinus 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/5 Group A 0,0
AC Gregory Edgelow 28 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Grant Parker 31 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Gábor Tóth 27 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/5 Group B 3,0
AC Kaloyan Baev 19 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r2/5 Group B 2,0
AC Daniel Sánchez 23 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0