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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Wrestling at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 16, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: ARM Artur Aleksanyan
Silver: CUB Yasmany Lugo
Bronze: IRI Ghasem Rezaei
TUR Cenk Ä°ldem

Summary

World-ranked number one, Russian Nikita Melnikov missed making the 2016 Olympic team, when the Russian Olympic Trials were won by [Islam Magomedov] despite having a broken finger. That put [Artur Aleksanyan] of Armenia, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, two-time World champion (2014, 2015) and three-time European champion (2012, 2013, 2014) as the favourite. With two other World champions in the field, including twice World champion [Cenk Ä°ldem] and 2011 champion [Elis Guri] of Bulgaria, anything could happen.

But it was the 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist, [Yasmany Lugo] of Cuba, who Aleksanyan beat 3-0 to win the heavyweight title, and Armenia’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games (and their second all-time since independence in 1991). He is now the first Armenian athlete in any sport to win multiple Olympic medals.

Aleksanyan did not give up a single point in his final three bouts from the quarter-finals onward and won back-to-back matches by technical fall in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, beating world number six Turkey’s [Cenk İldem] in the semi-finals. Ildem went on to win the first bronze after winning his medal match with Romania's [Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu] by a score of 4-0.

The other bronze medal was won by the 2012 Olympic champion, Iran’s [Ghasem Rezaei], who trailed Sweden's [Carl Schön] 4-0 at the end of the first period. When the wrestlers went into par-terre in the second period, Rezaei was able to turn Schoen twice to tie the match and take the advantage on criteria.

Nicknamed the "White Bear" Aleksanyan is one of the most renowned Armenian athletes of the 21st century. During the medal ceremony, he wore a shirt with an image of Robert Abajyan—a junior sergeant killed in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) who posthumously received the “Hero of Artsakh” award in April 2016 at the age of 19.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received CP
1 Artur Aleksanyan 24 Armenia ARM Gold 0 2 25 2 14
2 Yasmany Lugo 26 Cuba CUB Silver 0 0 8 3 9
3T Cenk Ä°ldem 30 Turkey TUR Bronze 0 0 7 11 9
3T Ghasem Rezaei 30 Iran IRI Bronze 0 1 19 8 10
5T Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu 26 Romania ROU 0 0 6 14 6
5T Fredrik Schön 29 Sweden SWE 0 1 21 10 11
7 Elis Guri 33 Bulgaria BUL 0 1 11 11 7
8 Islam Magomedov 25 Russia RUS 0 0 7 1 4
9 Balázs Kiss 33 Hungary HUN 0 0 6 5 4
10T Hamdy El-Said 23 Egypt EGY 0 0 2 3 1
10T Revazi Nadareishvili 25 Georgia GEO 0 0 2 3 1
12 Daigoro Timoncini 30 Italy ITA 0 0 2 8 1
13 Hardeep Singh 25 India IND 0 0 1 2 1
14 Timofey Deynichenko 29 Belarus BLR 0 0 1 3 1
15 Dimitriy Timchenko 33 Ukraine UKR 0 0 0 3
16 Ardo Arusaar 28 Estonia EST 0 0 0 6
17T Luillys Pérez 25 Venezuela VEN 0 0 0 8
17T Hemza Haloui 22 Algeria ALG 0 0 0 8
19 Xiao Di 25 China CHN 0 0 0 9