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Men's Super-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: UZB Artur Taymazov
Silver: GEO Davit Modzmanashvili
Bronze: RUS Bilyal Makhov
IRI Komeil Ghasemi


Since his first appearance at the Olympic Games in 2000, [Artur Taymazov] of Uzbekistan had reached the finals of the men’s super-heavyweight freestyle wrestling tournament every time and had lost only once, in his first attempt. He was also a two time World Champion (2003 and 2006) and runner-up (2001 and 2010), twice Asian Champion (2000 and 2011), and three-time Asian Games gold medalist (2002, 2006, and 2010). Nonetheless he was expected to have some significant challengers at the 2012 Summer Olympics, most notably [Bilyal Makhov] of Russia, a three-time (2007, 2009, 2010) World Champion and 2010 European Champion. Makhov lost his world title in 2011 to [Aleksey Shemarov] of Belarus, however, who would also be looking to challenge Taymazov in the final. Not to be counted out was [Taha Akgül] of Turkey, the reigning European Champion.

Taymazov was drawn into a relatively easy half that included Shemarov, who was defeated by [Tervel Dlagnev] of the United States, the 2011 Pan American Champion. Taymazov pinned Dlagnev in the semi-finals and went on to meet [Davit Modzmanashvili] of Georgia in the gold medal match. Modzmanashvili was a bronze medalist at the most recent World and European Championships who had returned from a doping violation in 2008 and defeated Makhov in the semi-finals of the London tournament. In the final, Taymazov proved himself once again to be worthy of Olympic Gold, winning the first round par terre by successfully reversing Modzmanashvili’s advantage and pushing the Georgian out of the ring in the second period for an unanswered point that earned him the Olympic crown.

The first bronze medal match pitted Dlagnev against [Komeil Ghasemi] of Iran, runner up to Taymazov at the most recent Asian Championships. Ghasemi wasted no time in the first period, winning it within the first 20 seconds by scoring four points that would remain unanswered. The second period went to par terre, where the American drew the advantage and converted it into a point, but the Iranian was able to push his opponent out of the ring in the final ten seconds of the last round to earn the bronze. The final podium spot was decided between Makhov and [Daulet Shabanbay] of Kazakhstan, who had won his first his first major international medal at the age of 14 in the heavyweight division of the 2008 Asian Championships and repeated the feat in 2009 and 2011 before moving up to the super-heavyweight class. Makhov’s experience was on display in the first period, scoring five unanswered points, but Shabanbay responded in the second round with a three-point shutout of his own. In the final period, the three-time World Champion was simply the better wrestler, and won the medal with a 3-0 score.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Artur Taymazov 33 Uzbekistan UZB Gold
2 Davit Modzmanashvili 25 Georgia GEO Silver
3T Komeil Ghasemi 24 Iran IRI Bronze
3T Bilyal Makhov 24 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Tervel Dlagnev 26 United States USA
5T Daulet Shabanbay 18 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 Jargalsaikhany Chuluunbat 27 Mongolia MGL
8 Aleksey Shemarov 29 Belarus BLR
9 Taha Akgül 21 Turkey TUR
10 Rareș Chintoan 29 Romania ROU
11 El-Desoky Shaban 29 Egypt EGY
12 Dániel Ligeti 22 Hungary HUN
13 Arjan Bhullar 26 Canada CAN
14T Oleksandr Khotsianivskiy 22 Ukraine UKR
14T Malal Ndiaye 35 Senegal SEN
16 Camaləddin Maqomedov 23 Azerbaijan AZE
17 Nick Matuhin 22 Germany GER
18 Jesse Ruíz 26 Mexico MEX