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Wrestling at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, 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: RUS David Musuľbes
Silver: UZB Artur Taymazov
Bronze: CUB Alexis Rodríguez


The defending World Champion was American Stephen Neal, but he did not make the US Team for Sydney. The class was considered quite wide open as nobody had dominated since the retirement of [Bruce Baumgartner] of the United States. The final came down to Russian [David Musulbes] against Uzbeki [Artur Taymazov]. Of the two finalists, their only close match had come when Taymazov won his quarter-final against the American entrant, [Kerry McCoy], but only after a review of the tapes when the Americans protested. The original score was 8-7 for Taymazov but the tape review revealed 2 more points for McCoy, but also 3 more for Taymazov, who thus won, 11-9. In the final Musulbes handled Taymazov comfortably, winning 5-2. Taymazov would return and win the gold medal at Athina in 2004. Musulbes would not be chosen for the 2004 Russian Olympic team, despite winning two World Championships in 2001-02. After feeling he had been dissed, he switched allegiance and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics representing Slovakia.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 David Musuľbes 28 Russia RUS Gold
2 Artur Taymazov 21 Uzbekistan UZB Silver
3 Alexis Rodríguez 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Abbas Jadidi 31 Iran IRI
5 Kerry McCoy 26 United States USA
6 Aleksey Medvedev 27 Belarus BLR
7 Sven Thiele 31 Germany GER 4 10
8 Aleksandr Kovalevsky 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 4 6
9 Rəcəb Əshəbəliyev 27 Azerbaijan AZE 4 4
10 Aleksi Modebadze 22 Georgia GEO 3 5
11 Aydın Polatçı 23 Turkey TUR 3 3
12 Krasimir Kochev 26 Bulgaria BUL 3 1
13 Dolgorsürengiin Sumyaabazar 25 Mongolia MGL 2 2
14 Chen Xingqiang 28 China CHN 1 2
15 Efstathios Topalidis 21 Greece GRE 1 1
16 Peter Pecha 24 Slovakia SVK 0 0
17 Zsolt Gombos 32 Hungary HUN 0 0
18 Merab Valiyev 30 Ukraine UKR 0 0