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Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: USA Henry Cejudo
Silver: JPN Tomohiro Matsunaga
Bronze: BUL Radoslav Velikov
RUS Besik Kudukhov


American [Henry Cejudo] had won the 2007 Pan American Games gold medal but had not featured at the World Championships. A Mexican-American born to undocumented immigrants he had overcome more than most Olympians to reach the top. He made it to the final with a series of upsets and met Japan’s [Tomohiro Matsunaga], who also had little international reputation, but who had defeated the 2007 World Champion, Russian [Besik Kudukhov] in the semi-finals. Cejudo won the first two periods over Matsunaga to claim the gold medal. Matsunaga later competed in some Sasuke competitions in Japan, a televised obstacle course event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Henry Cejudo 21 United States USA Gold
2 Tomohiro Matsunaga 28 Japan JPN Silver
3T Radoslav Velikov 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
3T Besik Kudukhov 21 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Namiq Sevdiyev 26 Azerbaijan AZE
5T Dilshod Mansurov 24 Uzbekistan UZB
7 Rizvan Gadzhiyev 21 Belarus BLR
8 Besarion Gochashvili 25 Georgia GEO
9 Kim Hyo-Seop 27 South Korea KOR
10 Abbas Dabbaghi 21 Iran IRI
11 Sezer Akgül 20 Turkey TUR
12 Yang Kyong-Il 18 North Korea PRK
13 Francisco Sánchez 29 Spain ESP
14 Fredy Serrano 28 Colombia COL
15 Adama Diatta 19 Senegal SEN
16T Zhasulan Mukhtarbekuly 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
16T Bayaraagiin Naranbaatar 28 Mongolia MGL
18 Petru Toarcă 32 Romania ROU
19 Maikel Pérez 25 Cuba CUB