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Men's Welterweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 7, 2012
Date Finished: August 7, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: KOR Kim Hyeon-Wu
Silver: HUN Tamás Lőrincz
Bronze: FRA Steeve Guénot
GEO Manuchar Tskhadaia


Iran’s [Saeid Abdvali], the reigning World Champion, had not lost a major match in men’s welterweight Greco-Roman wrestling since he was defeated by Hungary’s [Tamás Lőrincz] at the 2010 World Championships. Abdvali was the overwhelming favorite to win gold at the 2012 Games despite the return of France’s [Steeve Guénot], the defending Olympic champion, as Guénot had not reached the podium in the World Championships since his Olympic victory. Abdvali and Guénot met during the quarterfinals, where the Frenchman defeated the Iranian in a controversial match that saw Abdvali lose the first round to penalty fouls after a successful par terre defense and the second after a successful par terre offense that was discounted after it was deemed too low on the body. While the replay showed that Abdvali was indeed too low in the second round, many Iranians felt that the referee and the match judge were unfairly penalizing Abdvali while ignoring fouls committed by Guénot.

Abdvali was denied any chance at a medal when Guénot lost to [Kim Hyeon-Wu], a bronze medalist from the 2011 World Championships, in the semi-finals. In the final Kim faced Lőrincz, where Kim was nearly flipped in the first round par terre, although he maintained his defense to take the period. The second par terre was more decisive, and Kim used his top advantage to score two points on the Hungarian and capture the Olympic crown.

The first bronze medal bout was contested by [Manuchar Tskhadaia] of Georgia, a two-time runner up at the World Championships (2009 and 2011), and [Frank Stäbler] of Germany, the 2012 European Champion. Tskhadaia successfully defended a first round par terre before taking the second period, and the bronze medal, by scoring on Stäbler early in the round and withstanding the German’s aggressive onslaught for the remainder of the period. For the final podium spot Guénot faced [Pedro Mulens] of Cuba, a two-time World Championship bronze medalist (2009 and 2011). The Frenchman immediately asserted his dominance with a four-point takedown to win the first round and then maintained a more defensive attitude in the second to bring the period to par terre. Taking advantage of his top position, Guénot lifted the Cuban from the ground and tossed him out of the ring, earning him his second Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim Hyeon-Wu 23 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Tamás Lőrincz 25 Hungary HUN Silver
3T Steeve Guénot 26 France FRA Bronze
3T Manuchar Tskhadaia 27 Georgia GEO Bronze
5T Frank Stäbler 23 Germany GER
5T Pedro Muléns 26 Cuba CUB
7 Edgaras Venckaitis 26 Lithuania LTU
8 Justin Lester 28 United States USA
9 Darkhan Bayakhmetov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
10 Ashraf El-Gharably 33 Egypt EGY
11 Saeid Abdevali 22 Iran IRI
12 Vicente Huacon 23 Ecuador ECU
13T Mohamed Serir 27 Algeria ALG
13T Tsutomu Fujimura 30 Japan JPN
15 Pascal Strebel 23 Switzerland SUI
16T Aleksandar Maksimović 24 Serbia SRB
16T Wileixis Rivas 21 Venezuela VEN
18 Atakan Yüksel 26 Turkey TUR
19 Hovhannes Varderesyan 23 Armenia ARM