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Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 11, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: AZE ÅžÉ™rif Şərifov
Silver: PUR Jaime Espinal
Bronze: GEO Dato Marsagishvili
IRI Ehsan Lashgari


[Şərif Şərifov] of Azerbaijan was the reigning World Champion in the men’s light-heavyweight freestyle wrestling division and a favorite to win gold in the tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics. His supremacy was not unchallenged, however, and he would meet stiff competition with the likes of [Dato Marsagishvili] of Georgia, the reigning European Champion, and [Ehsan Naser Lashgari] of Iran, reigning and three-time Asian Champion. Şərifov and Lashgari were drawn in the same half and met in the semi-finals, where the Azerbaijani managed to edge out the Iranian in three rounds for a chance at the gold. In a comparatively weaker top bracket, Marsagishvili was thought to be a cinch to survive to the finals, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by [Jaime Espinal] of Puerto Rico. Espinal was the most recent Central American and Caribbean Games Champion and won one round against each of his opponents by at least six points in his successful journey to the gold medal match. In the final, however, Şərifov was unquestionably the dominant wrestler, winning the rounds 6-1 and 2-0 to give Azerbaijan its second gold medal of the competition – and the day – following [Toğrul Əsgərov’s] victory in the lightweight division.

In the first bronze medal bout, Marsagishvili faced rookie [Soslan Gattsiyev] of Belarus and was heavily favored to win. The Georgian asserted his dominance with a quick takedown in the first 10 seconds of the starting period that he was able to convert into a total of three points to capture the round. He was victorious in the second period by only a slightly less margin, 3-1, and easily won the bronze. For the final podium spot, Lashgari battled [İbrahim Bölükbaşı] of Turkey, the 2010 Mediterranean Champion, and was favored for the medal. The Iranian outscored the Turk 3-2 in an aggressive first round, but Bölükbaşı lost steam in the second period and was unable to answer the three points Lashgari scored on him to claim the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Şərif Şərifov 23 Azerbaijan AZE Gold
2 Jaime Espinal 27 Puerto Rico PUR Silver
3T Dato Marsagishvili 21 Georgia GEO Bronze
3T Ehsan Lashgari 26 Iran IRI Bronze
5T Soslan Gattsiyev 26 Belarus BLR
5T İbrahim Bölükbaşı 21 Turkey TUR
7 Jake Herbert 27 United States USA
8 Anzor Urishev 25 Russia RUS
9 Ibrahim Aldatov 28 Ukraine UKR
10 Armands Zvirbulis 24 Latvia LAT
11 Hajimurad Nurmagomedov 25 Armenia ARM
12 Zaurbek Sokhiyev 26 Uzbekistan UZB
13 Humberto Arencibia 22 Cuba CUB
14 Orgodolyn Üitümen 23 Mongolia MGL
15 Yusup Abdusalomov 34 Tajikistan TJK
16 Mohamed Riad Louafi 24 Algeria ALG
17 José Díaz 23 Venezuela VEN
18 Andrew Dick 36 Nigeria NGR
19 Yermek Bayduashov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ