Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 19, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.
Turkey’s [Hamza Yerlikaya] was a clear favorite, having won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, the former at only 16-years-old, and the 1996 European Championship. He won the gold medal in Atlanta quite easily, throwing a shut-out as nobody scored a point off him. In the final Yerlikaya met German [Thomas Zander], the 1994 World Champion and a three-time European champ. Yerlikaya would return in 2000 and defend his gold medal in this class. He would also win six of the next seven European Championships.
|9||Aleksandar Jovančević||26||Serbia and Montenegro||SCG||7||16|
|12||Dan Henderson||25||United States||USA||5||6|
|13||Pavel Frinta||26||Czech Republic||CZE||5||5|
|14||Park Myeong-Seok||26||South Korea||KOR||4||6|