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Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Catalonia National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 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 Aleksandr Karelin
Silver: SWE Tomas Johansson
Bronze: ROU Ioan Grigoraș


Defending Olympic Champion [Aleksandr Karelin], a Russian wrestling for the Unified Team in Barcelona, had won every World Championship since 1989 and every European title since 1988. He had not been beaten in five years. His repeat victory in Barcelona was more a coronation than a competition, as only one wrestler lasted the full five minutes against him, and that was an 8-1 decision victory over Finn [Juha Ahokas] in round three of Group A. In the final Karelin threw Sweden's [Tomas Johansson] in only 1:33. Johansson had been the bronze medalist in 1988 and was, at first, a silver medalist in 1984, before being disqualified for a doping positive. Karelin would return in 1996, continuing to win every international meet, and won his third consecutive gold medal. Still dominant as of 2000, he was beaten in the final match at the Sydney Olympics by American [Rulon Gardner], one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, and wrestling history.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE CP
1 Aleksandr Karelin 24 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Tomas Johansson 30 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Ioan Grigoraș 29 Romania ROU Bronze
4 László Klauz 30 Hungary HUN
5 Andy Borodow 22 Canada CAN
6 Tian Lei 21 China CHN
7 Juha Ahokas 22 Finland FIN
8 Panagiotis Poikilidis 27 Greece GRE
9 Jerzy Choromański 37 Poland POL
10 Milan Radaković 23 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
AC Cándido Mesa 28 Cuba CUB Eliminated r3/5 Group A 4,0
AC Guillermo Díaz 27 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Bounama Touré 39 Senegal SEN Eliminated r2/5 Group A 0,0
AC Rangel Gerovski 33 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r2/4 Group B 0,0
AC Kenichi Suzuki 23 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/4 Group B 0,0
AC Matt Ghaffari 30 United States USA Eliminated r2/4 Group B 0,0