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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.

Gold: USA Kurt Angle
Silver: IRI Abbas Jadidi
Bronze: GER Arawat Sabejew


The two favorites were American [Kurt Angle], the 1995 World Champion, and Iran’s [Abbas Jadidi], who seemed to have won the 1993 World title in light-heavyweight, only to lose it on a doping positive. He returned in 1995, placing at the 1995 Worlds, behind Angle. Angle and Jadidi met in the final, and neither wrestler could gain an advantage, the match going to overtime. It ended after eight minutes, with the score still tied at 1-1. The tie-breaker was number of passivity cautions, but both wrestlers had had only two such cautions, so it came down to an official’s decision. When the referee raised Angle’s hand, declaring him the gold medalist, Jadidi went to his knees and begged the officials to review the tapes and reverse the decision. They did not. Jadidi would go on to win the 1998 World Championships. Angle turned professional and became one of the top, and most popular, wrestlers in WWE.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Kurt Angle 27 United States USA Gold
2 Abbas Jadidi 27 Iran IRI Silver
3 Arawat Sabejew 27 Germany GER Bronze
4 Sergey Kovalevsky 26 Belarus BLR
5 Marek Garmulewicz 28 Poland POL
6 Konstantin Aleksandrov 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
7 Sagid Murtazaliyev 22 Ukraine UKR
8 Oleg Ladik 24 Canada CAN
9 Wilfredo Morales 25 Cuba CUB 7 11
10 Dolgorsürengiin Sumyaabazar 21 Mongolia MGL 6 10
11 Davud Məhəmmədov 25 Azerbaijan AZE 5 11
12 Arvi Aavik 26 Estonia EST 5 9
13 Zaza T'qeshelashvili 31 Georgia GEO 4 5
14 Leri Khabelovi 32 Russia RUS 3 2
15 Milan Mazáč 27 Slovakia SVK 2 3
16 Daniel Sánchez 27 Puerto Rico PUR 1 2
17 Kim Tae-U 34 South Korea KOR 1 1
18T Shkelqim Troplini 29 Albania ALB 0 0
18T Ben Vincent 19 Australia AUS 0 0