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Wrestling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 1, 1996
Date Finished: August 2, 1996
Format: Single-elimination tournament with classification rounds for placements.

Gold: TUR Mahmut Demir
Silver: BLR Aleksey Medvedev
Bronze: USA Bruce Baumgartner


The last decade had seen this class dominated by American [Bruce Baumgartner], gold medalist in 1984 and 1992, and Soviet Georgian [Davit Gobejishvili], the 1988 Olympic Champion. Baumgartner was back and had won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, but Gobejishvili had retired after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Barcelona Olympics. Baumgartner’s hope of a third gold medal went awry in round two when he was beaten by Russian [Andrey Shumilin]. The final came down to Turkey’s [Mahmut Demir], the 1994 World Champion and winner of three of the last four Europeans, who defeated Shumilin in the semi-finals, and Belarussian [Aleksey Medvedev], bronze medalist at the 1994 Worlds. Demir won the gold with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Baumgartner and Shumilin both came through the losers’ table to meet again for the bronze medal. This match was much closer, as they tied 1-1 after overtime, with Baumgartner getting the decision, and the bronze medal, on officials’ decision. This made Baumgartner only the sixth wrestler, to that time, to win four Olympic medals (done eight times through 2012), but still trailing the five won by German [Wilfried Dietrich].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Mahmut Demir 26 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Aleksey Medvedev 23 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Bruce Baumgartner 35 United States USA Bronze
4 Andrey Shumilin 26 Russia RUS
5 Aleksandr Kovalevsky 22 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
6 Sven Thiele 27 Germany GER
7 Merab Valiyev 25 Ukraine UKR
8 Petros Bourdoulis 26 Greece GRE
9 Feng Aigang 20 China CHN 6 13
10 Zaza Turmanidze 31 Georgia GEO 6 11
11 Zsolt Gombos 28 Hungary HUN 6 10
12 Ibrahim Mehraban 24 Iran IRI 4 8
13 Amarjit Singh 25 Great Britain GBR 4 5
14 Andy Borodow 26 Canada CAN 3 5
15 Igor Klimov 34 Kazakhstan KAZ 2 4
16T Mick Pikos 42 Australia AUS 0 0
16T Alfredo Far 24 Panama PAN 0 0
16T Neal Kranz 29 Guam GUM 0 0