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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: August 22, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Events: 18

Participants: 342 (292 men and 50 women) from 66 countries
Youngest Participant: CHN Wang Xu (18 years, 330 days)
Oldest Participant: PLW John Tarkong, Jr. (38 years, 262 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 54 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): RUS Russia (10 medals)


The 2004 wrestling events were contested at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall, which also hosted judo during the 2004 Olympics. The site had seating for 6,000 spectators at the 2004 Olympics. It has since became a popular site for various television productions.

The biggest news in 2004 Olympic wrestling was that women were allowed to compete in freestyle for the first time, with four classes. Women had had freestyle World Championships since 1987. To keep the number of wrestling competitors at approximately the same levels, the men had only 7 classes in each style, down from 8 in 2000. In addition, the men’s heaviest class was now limited to an upper weight limit of 120 kg (264 lbs), down from 130 kg (286 lbs). The women’s heaviest class also had a weight limit, of 72 kg (158 lbs).

The format in each class was the same as in 2000. Approximately 20 wrestlers per class were separated into six groups, with round-robins held in each group. The winners of each group advanced to a single-elimination tournament, starting with quarter-finals.

Russia was again the dominant wrestling nation among the men, winning 9 medals and 5 golds, and leading the medal lists (totals and golds) in both styles. Among the women, Japan was the leading nation, winning medals in all 4 classes and 2 gold medals.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman HUN István Majoros RUS Gaydar Mamedaliyev GRE Artyom Kiouregkian
Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman KOR Jeong Ji-Hyeon CUB Roberto Monzón BUL Armen Nazaryan
Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman AZE Fərid Mənsurov TUR Åžeref Eroğlu KAZ Mkhitar Manukyan
Men's Middleweight, Greco-Roman UZB Aleksandr Dokturishvili FIN Marko Yli-Hannuksela RUS Varteres Samurgashev
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman RUS Aleksey Mishin SWE Ara Abrahamian BLR Vyacheslav Makarenko
Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman EGY Karam Gaber GEO Ramaz Nozadze TUR Mehmet Özal
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman RUS Khasan Baroyev KAZ Georgy Tsurtsumia USA Rulon Gardner
Men's Featherweight, Freestyle RUS Mavlet Batyrov USA Stephen Abas JPN Chikara Tanabe
Men's Lightweight, Freestyle CUB Yandro Quintana IRI Masoud Mostafa Jokar JPN Kenji Inoue
Men's Welterweight, Freestyle UKR Elbrus Tedieiev USA Jamill Kelly RUS Makhach Murtazaliyev
Men's Middleweight, Freestyle RUS Buvaysar Saytiyev KAZ Gennady Laliyev CUB Iván Fundora
Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle USA Cael Sanderson KOR Mun Ui-Je RUS Sazhid Sazhidov
Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle RUS Khadzhimurat Gatsalov UZB Magomed Ibragimov IRI Ali Reza Heidari
Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle UZB Artur Taymazov IRI Ali Reza Rezaei TUR Aydın Polatçı
Women's Flyweight, Freestyle UKR Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn JPN Chiharu Icho USA Patricia Miranda
Women's Lightweight, Freestyle JPN Saori Yoshida CAN Tonya Verbeek FRA Anna Gomis
Women's Middleweight, Freestyle JPN Kaori Icho USA Sara McMann FRA Lise Legrand
Women's Heavyweight, Freestyle CHN Wang Xu RUS Gyuzel Manyurova JPN Kyoko Hamaguchi