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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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 28, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Brandon Slay
Silver: KOR Mun Ui-Je
Bronze: TUR Adem Bereket


The heavy favorite was Russian [Buvaysar Saytiyev], who came to Sydney having won three World and three European Championships, and the Olympic welterweight gold medal in 1996. German [Alexander Leipold] had won several medals at major internationals, and was expected to medal, but was not expected to defeat Saytiyev. Saytiyev was drawn in pool one along with unheralded American [Brandon Slay]. Both won their first matches and then faced each other with Slay winning a huge upset, 4-3, eliminating Saytiyev from the knockout round. In the knockout round Slay won two more matches to face Leipold in the final, but the German overwhelmed him, 4-0, to seemingly win the gold medal.

That lasted about three weeks until Leipold’s doping test turned positive for huge amounts of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. He was disqualified and Slay moved up to the gold medal. The original bronze medalist, and fourth-place finisher, [Mun Ui-Je] (KOR) and [Adem Bereket] (TUR), were then moved up to the silver and bronze medals, respectively. All three of the new medalists received their medals at a special ceremony set up by NBC Television in New York City.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Brandon Slay 24 United States USA Gold
2 Mun Ui-Je 25 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Adem Bereket 27 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Gennady Laliyev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 Ruslan Khinchagov 30 Uzbekistan UZB
6 Alik Muzaiev 22 Ukraine UKR 8 20
7 Nasir Gadžihanov 33 Macedonia MKD 7 8
8 Marcin Jurecki 23 Poland POL 6 12
9 Buvaysar Saytiyev 25 Russia RUS 4 11
10 Elşad Allahverdiyev 27 Azerbaijan AZE 4 10
11 Yosmany Romero 24 Cuba CUB 4 4
12 Pejman Dorostkar 24 Iran IRI 4 4
13 Guram Mch'edlidze 28 Georgia GEO 3 3
14 Jannie du Toit 30 South Africa RSA 2 6
15 Radion Kertanti 29 Slovakia SVK 2 4
16 Plamen Paskalev 25 Bulgaria BUL 2 3
17 Rein Ozoline 33 Australia AUS 1 3
18 Árpád Ritter 25 Hungary HUN 1 2
19 Tümen-Ölziin Mönkhbayar 27 Mongolia MGL 0 0
AC Alexander Leipold 31 Germany GER DQ