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Wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: FRA Steeve Guénot
Silver: KGZ Kanat Begaliyev
Bronze: UKR Armen Vardanian
BLR Mikhail Semyonov


[Fərid Mənsurov] of Azerbaijan was the defending gold medalist and the 2007 World Champion and came in favored, but he lost his first bout against 2008 European Champion [Armen Vardanan] of the Ukraine. Vardanian lost his next match against Kyrgyzstan’s [Kanat Begaliyev], 2006 World runner-up, and Begaliyev continued on to the final. His opponent in the final was France’s [Steeve Guénot], who had been runner-up at the 2007 Worlds. Guénot won a straight period victory to win gold, the first Olympic wrestling gold for France since [Henri Deglane] had won in 1924. Begaliyev won the first ever silver medal for Kyrgyzstan in any sport. Shortly after Guénot won gold, his brother, [Christophe], took bronze in the middleweight Greco-Roman event. Three of the four medalists were from former Soviet republics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steeve Guénot 22 France FRA Gold
2 Kanat Begaliyev 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ Silver
3T Armen Vardanian 25 Ukraine UKR Bronze
3T Mikhail Semyonov 24 Belarus BLR Bronze
5T Nikolay Gergov 30 Bulgaria BUL
5T Darkhan Bayakhmetov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Sergey Kovalenko 32 Russia RUS
8 Tamás Lőrincz 21 Hungary HUN
9 Alaín Milián 25 Cuba CUB
10 Li Yanyan 27 China CHN
11 Ali Mohammadi 24 Iran IRI
12 Jake Deitchler 18 United States USA
13 Ion Panait 27 Romania ROU
14 Arman Adikyan 23 Armenia ARM
15T Kim Min-Chul 25 South Korea KOR
15T Aleksandras Kazakevičius 22 Lithuania LTU
17 Şeref Eroğlu 32 Turkey TUR
18 Marcus Thätner 23 Germany GER
19 Fərid Mənsurov 26 Azerbaijan AZE
20 Mohamed Serir 23 Algeria ALG