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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: August 4, 1992
Date Finished: August 6, 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 Bruce Baumgartner
Silver: CAN Jeff Thue
Bronze: EUN Davit Gobejishvili


The [Bruce Baumgartner] – [Davit Gobejishvili] show continued. The two had been the best super-heavyweights since the early-to-mid 1980s and were arch-rivals. Baumgartner had won the gold medal in 1984 in Gobejishvili’s absence due to the Soviet-led boycott of Los Angeles. Gobejishvili won in 1988 at Seoul, defeating Baumgartner in the final. Baumgartner was World Champion in 1986 while Gobejishvili won in 1985 and 1990. Unfortunately, because FILA does not seed wrestlers at the Olympics, they were both drawn in Group B and met in round three. It was their 17th match with Baumgartner leading the series, 10-6. The match was scoreless until four seconds remained when Baumgartner caught Gobejishvili in a double-leg takedown and scores three points to win, 3-0. As expected they won the remainder of their matches, Baumgartner winning a second gold by easily defeating Canadian [Jeffrey Thue] in the final, 8-0.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Bruce Baumgartner 31 United States USA Gold
2 Jeff Thue 23 Canada CAN Silver
3 Davit Gobejishvili 29 Unified Team EUN Bronze
4 Mahmut Demir 22 Turkey TUR
5 Andreas Schröder 32 Germany GER
6 Ali Reza Soleimani 36 Iran IRI
7 Wang Chunguang 25 China CHN
8 Park Seong-Ha 26 South Korea KOR
9 Kiril Barbutov 25 Bulgaria BUL
10 Rod Figueroa 26 Puerto Rico PUR
AC Tamon Honda 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Tomasz Kupis 28 Poland POL Eliminated r2/6 Group A 1,0
AC Mor Wade 35 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/6 Group A 0,0
AC Juraj Štěch 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/5 Group B 1,0
AC Zsolt Gombos 24 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/5 Group B 0,0