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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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 19, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: IRI Hassan Yazdani
Silver: RUS Aniuar Geduyev
Bronze: AZE Cəbrayıl Həsənov
TUR Soner Demirtaş

Summary

One of the biggest favourites of any event coming into the Rio Games was American [Jordan Burroughs], who had been a dominant force in the sport as he was almost unbeatable having had only lost twice in his previous 133 matches. The defending Olympic champion also won three of the last four World Championships (2011, 2013, 2015) and a bronze medal in 2014, and was considered by some to be the best freestyle wrestler in the world.

But in an unimaginable upset, Burroughs was beaten 3-2 in his match against world-ranked number two, Russia's [Aniuar Geduyev] – a match worthy of a final, and then hours later lost an unthinkable 11-1 in his next match to [Bekzod Abdurakhmonov] of Uzbekistan. Burroughs had lost twice in one day after losing twice, period, in his international career, and was off the Olympic podium. He wept in his wife’s arms.

In the 74 kg final, which saw several medical timeouts, the World bronze medalist Geduyev dominated the first period to take a 6-0 lead over the 21-year-old Iranian [Hassan Yazdani], who entered the 2016 Rio Olympics having already been crowned 2014 World Junior champion and 2015 World Championship 70 kg silver medalist. Yazdani was able to take advantage of the fact that Geduyev was bleeding profusely from his forehead and not able to make the moves he normally might have been able to. Coming through with three takedowns in the last period, the final one coming with eight seconds on the clock, Yazdani won the gold medal in dramatic fashion.

European champion [Soner Demirtaş] of Turkey blanked [Galymzhan Userbayev] from Kazakhstan 6-0 in the first bronze-medal match, earning his first world-level medal, while Azerbaijan's [Jabrayil Hasanov] bounced back from his semi-final loss, beating Abdurakhmonov 9-7 for the other bronze.

[Narsingh Pancham Yadav] of India, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, was ruled ineligible due to a doping violation, following Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) CAS’s decision.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received CP
1 Hassan Yazdani 21 Iran IRI Gold 0 2 33 6 14
2 Aniuar Geduyev 29 Russia RUS Silver 0 0 24 17 10
3T Cəbrayıl Həsənov 26 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze 0 2 34 12 12
3T Soner Demirtaş 25 Turkey TUR Bronze 0 1 22 9 10
5T Bekzod Abdurakhmonov 26 Uzbekistan UZB 0 1 23 20 6
5T Galymzhan Userbayev 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 0 1 25 28 10
7 Sohsuke Takatani 27 Japan JPN 0 0 14 8 9
8 Zelimkhan Khadjiev 22 France FRA 0 0 4 5 6
9 Jordan Burroughs 28 United States USA 0 0 11 17 5
10 Liván López 34 Cuba CUB 0 0 15 14 4
11 Iakob Makarashvili 30 Georgia GEO 0 0 13 19 3
12 Georgi Ivanov 26 Bulgaria BUL 0 0 8 13 1
13 Taimuraz Friev 29 Spain ESP 0 0 6 8 1
14 Augusto Midana 32 Guinea Bissau GBS 0 0 3 8 1
15 Purevjavyn Önörbat 28 Mongolia MGL 0 0 2 4 1
16 Evgheni Nedealco 26 Moldova MDA 0 0 2 13 1
17 Talgat Ilyasov 35 Australia AUS 0 0 0 6
18 Carlos Izquierdo 18 Colombia COL 0 0 0 10
19 Asnage Castelly 38 Haiti HAI 0 0 0 22