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Wrestling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Wrestling at the 2004 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 22, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to semi-finals. Runners-up in each pool advanced to classification round for 5/6 places.

Gold: CHN Wang Xu
Silver: RUS Gyuzel Manyurova
Bronze: JPN Kyoko Hamaguchi


This was the only 2004 women’s wrestling event in which the favorite did not win. That role settled on Japan’s [Kyoko Hamaguchi], who had won the 2002-03 World Championships. Her main contenders were expected to be China’s [Wang Xu], runner-up at the 2002 Worlds, American [Toccara Montgomery], runner-up at the 2003 Worlds, and Canadian [Christine Nordhagen], World Champion in 2000 and three times a World Champion as a middleweight. Only Wang and Hamaguchi got through the pools to the knockout phase, where they were drawn against each other in the semi-final, with Wang winning, 6-4, in a controversial decision where the Japanese coaches thought two points awarded to Wang should have gone to Hamaguchi. Wang’s finals opponent was Russian [Gyuzel Manyurova], who had recently won the 2004 European title, but she was no match for Wang, who won the gold medal, 7-2. Hamaguchi did come back to win the bronze medal, which she would repeat at Beijing in 2008. At only 18-years-old, Wang’s victory made her the youngest ever Olympic wrestling champion.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinal RoundSemi-FinalsClassification Round for 5/6Round One

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP TP
1 Wang Xu 18 China CHN Gold
2 Gyuzel Manyurova 26 Russia RUS Silver
3 Kyoko Hamaguchi 26 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Svetlana Saenco 21 Ukraine UKR
5 Christine Nordhagen 33 Canada CAN
6 Anita Schätzle 22 Germany GER
7 Toccara Montgomery 21 United States USA 6 11
8 Maria Louiza Vryoni 21 Greece GRE 3 5
9 Marina Gastl 19 Austria AUT 2 2
10 Ochirbatyn Burmaa 22 Mongolia MGL 1 3
11 Katarzyna Juszczak 32 Italy ITA 1 2
12 Stanka Zlateva 21 Bulgaria BUL 0 5