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Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 29, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: IRI Ali Reza Dabir
Silver: UKR Yevhen Buslovych
Bronze: USA Terry Brands


The last two World Champions were Iranian [Ali Reza Dabir] (1998) and Turkey’s [Harun Doğan] (1999). They had met in the final of each tournament, with the 1998 event held in Iran and the 1999 event held in Turkey, and each won in their own home country. They were expected to meet in the rubber match at Sydney, a neutral site. Reza Dabir fulfilled expectations by winning his pool and moving through the knockout round to the final. Doğan, however, was not so fortunate. Turkey’s wrestling was mired in a political mess involving secularists and religious fundamentalists, and Doğan was against the secularists and refused to wear the national kit. He lost an early match and then withdrew from his final pool match and was eliminated.

In the semis, Reza Dabir defeated American [Terry Brands], considered a formidable opponent. This advanced him to the final against Ukrainian [Yevhen Buslovych], who was pretty much unknown. It was a comfortable victory for Reza Dabir, winning 3-0, as Brands won the bronze medal over Uzbeki [Damir Zakhartdinov].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Ali Reza Dabir 22 Iran IRI Gold
2 Yevhen Buslovych 28 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Terry Brands 32 United States USA Bronze
4 Damir Zakhartdinov 24 Uzbekistan UZB
5 David Pogosian 26 Georgia GEO
6 Martin Berberyan 20 Armenia ARM 9 26
7 Murad Ramazanov 26 Russia RUS 7 4
8 Aleksandr Guzov 25 Belarus BLR 5 15
9 Arif Abdullayev 32 Azerbaijan AZE 5 14
10 Khvitsas Polykhronidis 29 Greece GRE 5 6
11 Ri Yong-Sam 28 North Korea PRK 4 6
12 Octavian Cuciuc 23 Moldova MDA 4 5
13 Gia Sissaouri 29 Canada CAN 4 0
14 Othmar Kuhner 27 Germany GER 3 8
15 Harun Doğan 24 Turkey TUR 3 6
16 Andrej Fašánek 20 Slovakia SVK 2 2
17 Cory O'Brien 28 Australia AUS 1 4
18 Abil Ibragimov 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 0 6
19 Talata Embalo 36 Guinea Bissau GBS 0 0
AC Oyuunbilegiin Pürevbaatar 26 Mongolia MGL DQ