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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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 Kevin Jackson
Silver: EUN Elmadi Zhabrailov
Bronze: IRI Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi


The final came down to the 1991 World Champion, [Kevin Jackson] of the United States, and the 1989 World Champion, [Elmadi Zhabrailov], a Kazakh wrestling for the Unified Team. The match ended in a scoreless tie and went into overtime. At 0:46 of the overtime Zhabrailov attacked and Jackson countered, and the two wrestlers moved out of bounds and the action was re-started. The Unified coaches then protested that Zhabrailov had controlled Jackson and deserved a point, which would have ended the match, but Bulgarian referee Todor Grudev ruled that no point had been scored and this would later be upheld by FILA after a Unified Team protest. One minute later Jackson got Zhabrailov in a single-leg takedown, which earned him a point, the match, and the gold medal.

Zhabrailov was not happy. He sobbed after the loss and had to be forced to step up to the podium. Although he accepted his silver medal he did not put it around his neck. The American anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was played for Jackson, but nobody heard it because the Russian fans booed and whistled and drowned out the music.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Kevin Jackson 27 United States USA Gold
2 Elmadi Zhabrailov 26 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi 20 Iran IRI Bronze
4 Hans Gstöttner 24 Germany GER
5 Jozef Lohyňa 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Sebahattin Öztürk 23 Turkey TUR
7 Nicolae Ghiță 24 Romania ROU
8 Francisco Iglesias 27 Spain ESP
9 David Hohl 26 Canada CAN
10 László Dvorák 27 Hungary HUN
AC Rakhmat Sofiadi 26 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r4/5 Group A 5,0
AC Alcide Legrand 30 France FRA Eliminated r3/5 Group A 5,0
AC Enekpedekumoh Okporu 30 Nigeria NGR Eliminated r2/5 Group A 1,0
AC Roberto Neves Filho 27 Brazil BRA Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Atsushi Ito 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Pekka Rauhala 32 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/5 Group B 4,0
AC José Betancourt 29 Puerto Rico PUR Eliminated r2/5 Group B 2,0
AC Robert Kostecki 23 Poland POL Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Nergüin Tümennast 22 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r2/5 Group B 0,0