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Wrestling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, 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 20, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Gold: TUR Taha Akgül
Silver: IRI Komeil Ghasemi
Bronze: BLR Ibragim Saidov
GEO Geno Petriashvili

Summary

Despite being the double reigning World champion (2014, 2015) and 2013 bronze medalist, Turkey’s [Taha Akgül], did not enter the 2016 Rio Games world-ranked number one. That honor was left for Georgia’s [Geno Petriashvili], the twice World bronze medalist (2013, 2015) who had beaten Akgül at the European Championships earlier in the season. But it was Russia’s [Bilyal Makhov] who probably had the strongest resumé coming into Rio, having won Olympic bronze (2012) as well as three freestyle golds (2007, 2009, 2010) and two Greco-Roman bronzes (2014, 2015) in World Championship events.

Akgül beat Mongolia’s [Jargalsaikhany Chuluunbat], and [Ibragim Saidov] of Belarus en route to the final, while [Komeil Ghasemi], the other 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, earned a decision win over the American [Tervel Dlagnev] to wrestle Akgül again for gold. In a repeat gold medal match-up of the 2014 World Championships, Akgül needed only an Olympic gold medal to add to his career, having already captured World and European titles and in the Olympic final, Akgül won Turkey’s only gold medal in wrestling, defeating Ghasemi.

Petriashvili beat Dlagnev in just 30 seconds to capture one bronze medal, with the other going to [Ibragim Saidov] of Belarus, who won by decision against Armenia’s [Levan Berianidze].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal CP Victories by Fall Victories by Technical Superiority TP Technical Points Received
1 Taha Akgül 25 Turkey TUR Gold 14 0 2 32 2
2 Komeil Ghasemi 28 Iran IRI Silver 14 0 1 27 9
3T Ibragim Saidov 31 Belarus BLR Bronze 9 0 0 13 14
3T Geno Petriashvili 22 Georgia GEO Bronze 15 0 2 44 12
5T Levan Berianidze 25 Armenia ARM 8 0 0 8 13
5T Tervel Dlagnev 30 United States USA 6 0 0 9 27
7 Dániel Ligeti 27 Hungary HUN 5 0 1 12 3
8 Korey Jarvis 29 Canada CAN 5 0 0 11 14
9 Diaaeldin Kamal Gouda 23 Egypt EGY 4 0 1 11 14
10 Alen Zasieiev 27 Ukraine UKR 4 0 0 8 13
11 Robert Baran 24 Poland POL 4 0 0 7 4
12 Camaləddin Maqomedov 27 Azerbaijan AZE 1 0 0 5 6
13T Deng Zhiwei 28 China CHN 1 0 0 2 2
13T Bilyal Makhov 28 Russia RUS 1 0 0 2 2
15 Ayaal Lazarev 30 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 1 0 0 1 5
16 Jargalsaikhany Chuluunbat 31 Mongolia MGL 1 0 0 1 14
17 Daulet Shabanbay 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 0 7
18 Dimitar Kumchev 36 Bulgaria BUL 0 0 0 10
19T Florian Temengil 29 Palau PLW 0 0 0 11
19T Radhouane Chebbi 30 Tunisia TUN 0 0 0 11