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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 24, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: RUS Aleksey Mishin
Silver: SWE Ara Abrahamian
Bronze: BLR Vyacheslav Makarenko


Turkey’s [Hamza Yerlikaya] had won the gold medal in this class at Atlanta in 1996 and at Sydney in 2000. He was the 2001-02 European Champion but had not won a medal at the World Championships since 1997, and was no longer the clear favorite in this event, which was considered fairly open. The slight favorite was likely Swedish-Armenian [Ara Abrahamian], the 2001-02 World Champion and runner-up in 2003. The 2003 World Champion was Israeli [Gotcha Tsitsiashvili], who had immigrated from Georgia in 1994, but he lost in pool four to Russia’s [Aleksey Mishin], the 2001 and 2003 European Champion. Mishin made it to the finals, where he met Abrahamian, who had defeated Yerlikaya in the semi-finals. Mishin and Abrahamian went to overtime and wrestled for nine minutes and remained tied, 1-1, with Mishin winning the gold medal on officials’ decision.

In 2008 Abrahamian would enter as a favorite but underperformed and placed third. Irate with that finish, he dropped the medal in the center of the mat during the victory ceremony. For this, he was disqualified and stripped of his medal and suspended for two years, although the suspension was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Aleksey Mishin 25 Russia RUS Gold
2 Ara Abrahamian 29 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Vyacheslav Makarenko 28 Belarus BLR Bronze
4 Hamza Yerlikaya 28 Turkey TUR
5 Dimitrios Avramis 29 Greece GRE
6 Oleksandr Darahan 26 Ukraine UKR
7 Shingo Matsumoto 26 Japan JPN 6 10
8 Levon Geghamyan 27 Armenia ARM 4 11
9 Behrouz Jamshidi 31 Iran IRI 4 4
10 Attila Bátky 31 Slovakia SVK 4 4
11 Brad Vering 26 United States USA 4 0
12 Vladislav Metodiev 24 Bulgaria BUL 3 5
13 Zhanarbek Kenzheyev 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 3 4
14 Gotcha Tsitsiashvili 30 Israel ISR 3 3
15 Fritz Aanes 26 Norway NOR 1 1
16 Mélonin Noumonvi 21 France FRA 1 1
17 Andrea Minguzzi 22 Italy ITA 0 0
18 Mukhran Vakht'angadze 31 Georgia GEO 0 0
19 Tarvi Thomberg 22 Estonia EST 0 0
AC Mohamed Abd El-Fatah 26 Egypt EGY DQ