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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Date Started: July 19, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Events: 20

Participants: 401 (401 men and 0 women) from 75 countries
Youngest Participant: AZE Tahir Zahidov (17 years, 160 days)
Oldest Participant: AUS Mick Pikos (42 years, 42 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 60 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (8 medals)


The 1996 Olympic wrestling tournaments were held at the Georgia World Congress Center, which hosted multiple sports in Atlanta, including fencing, handball, judo, modern pentathlon fencing and shooting, table tennis, and weightlifting, in addition to wrestling. The Georgia World Congress Center is the fourth-largest convention center in the US, which was opened in 1976. It was also the venue for the International Broadcast Center (IBC) during the Atlanta Olympics.

There was no change in the wrestling program in 1996 with 10 classes in each style, and the same weight limits, including an upper weight limit of 130 kg (286 lbs) for the heaviest class in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. The format within each class was different in 1996, with the competition being decided by single-elimination matches, with classification matches for places 1-8, and a classification tournament to determine the lower places.

For the first time since 1948, a nation besides the USSR (or the Unified Team in 1992) led the Olympic medal lists in wrestling, save for 1984 when the Soviet Union did not compete. The United States won 8 medals, against the Russians 7. Russia won the most gold medals, however, with 4, followed by the USA and Poland, with 3. The US and Russia both won 3 freestyle golds, but the US led with 5 freestyle medals won. Poland led the Greco-Roman medal lists with 5 medals and 3 gold medals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Light-Flyweight, Greco-Roman KOR Sim Gwon-Ho BLR Aleksandr Pavlov RUS Zafar Guliyev
Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman ARM Armen Nazaryan USA Brandon Paulson UKR Andriy Kalashnykov
Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman KAZ Yury Melnichenko USA Dennis Hall CHN Sheng Zetian
Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman POL Włodzimierz Zawadzki CUB Juan Luis Marén TUR Mehmet Akif Pirim
Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman POL Ryszard Wolny FRA Ghani Yalouz RUS Aleksandr Tretyakov
Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman CUB Filiberto Azcuy FIN Marko Asell POL Józef Tracz
Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman TUR Hamza Yerlikaya GER Thomas Zander BLR Valery Tsilent
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman UKR V'iacheslav Oliynyk POL Jacek Fafiński GER Maik Bullmann
Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman POL Andrzej Wroński BLR Sergey Lishtvan SWE Mikael Ljungberg
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman RUS Aleksandr Karelin USA Matt Ghaffari MDA Sergei Mureico
Men's Light-Flyweight, Freestyle PRK Kim Il-Ong ARM Armen Mkrtchyan CUB Alexis Vila
Men's Flyweight, Freestyle BUL Valentin Yordanov AZE Namiq Abdullayev KAZ Maulen Mamyrov
Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle USA Kendall Cross CAN Gia Sissaouri PRK Ri Yong-Sam
Men's Featherweight, Freestyle USA Tom Brands KOR Jang Jae-Seong UKR Elbrus Tedieiev
Men's Lightweight, Freestyle RUS Vadim Bogiyev USA Townsend Saunders UKR Zaza Zazirov
Men's Welterweight, Freestyle RUS Buvaysar Saytiyev KOR Park Jang-Sun JPN Takuya Ota
Men's Middleweight, Freestyle RUS Khadzhimurat Magomedov KOR Yang Hyeong-Mo IRI Amir Reza Khadem Azgadhi
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle IRI Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi RUS Makharbek Khadartsev GEO Eldar K'urt'anidze
Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle USA Kurt Angle IRI Abbas Jadidi GER Arawat Sabejew
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle TUR Mahmut Demir BLR Aleksey Medvedev USA Bruce Baumgartner