Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Wrestling
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Wrestling pictogram.svg
Venue China Agricultural University Gymnasium
Dates 12–21 August
Competitors 344
2004 2012
Wrestling at the
2008 Summer Olympics

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Freestyle Greco-Roman
  55 kg     55 kg  
  60 kg     60 kg  
  66 kg     66 kg  
  74 kg     74 kg  
  84 kg     84 kg  
  96 kg     96 kg  
  120 kg     120 kg  
Women
  48 kg     63 kg  
  55 kg     72 kg  

Wrestling competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, were held at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium from August 12–21, 2008. It was split into two disciplines, Freestyle and Greco-Roman which are further divided into different weight categories. Men competed in both disciplines whereas women only took part in the freestyle events with 18 gold medals being awarded. This was the second Olympics with women's wrestling as an event. The Swedish wrestler, Ara Abrahamian protested the Bronze medal he won in the 84 kg Greco Roman event after he felt that the judges made an improper call which cost him the match against the eventual gold medal recipient, Andrea Minguzzi from Italy.[1]

Qualification[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Qualification.

Medal summary[edit]

Men's freestyle[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
55 kg
details
Henry Cejudo
 United States
Tomohiro Matsunaga
 Japan
Radoslav Velikov
 Bulgaria
Besik Kudukhov
 Russia
60 kg
details
Mavlet Batirov
 Russia
Vasyl Fedoryshyn
 Ukraine
Kenichi Yumoto
 Japan
Morad Mohammadi
 Iran
66 kg
details
Ramazan Şahin
 Turkey
Andriy Stadnik
 Ukraine
Otar Tushishvili
 Georgia
Sushil Kumar
 India
74 kg
details
Buvaisar Saitiev
 Russia
Soslan Tigiev
 Uzbekistan
Murad Gaidarov
 Belarus
Kiril Terziev
 Bulgaria
84 kg
details
Revaz Mindorashvili
 Georgia
Yusup Abdusalomov
 Tajikistan
Taras Danko
 Ukraine
Georgy Ketoyev
 Russia
96 kg
details
Shirvani Muradov
 Russia
Taimuraz Tigiyev
 Kazakhstan
Giorgi Gogshelidze
 Georgia
Khetag Gazyumov
 Azerbaijan
120 kg
details
Artur Taymazov
 Uzbekistan
Bakhtiyar Akhmedov
 Russia
David Musuľbes
 Slovakia
Marid Mutalimov
 Kazakhstan

Men's Greco-Roman[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
55 kg
details
Nazyr Mankiev
 Russia
Rovshan Bayramov
 Azerbaijan
Roman Amoyan
 Armenia
Park Eun-chul
 South Korea
60 kg
details
Islambek Albiev
 Russia
Vitaliy Rahimov
 Azerbaijan
Ruslan Tyumenbayev
 Kyrgyzstan
Nurbakyt Tengizbayev
 Kazakhstan
66 kg
details
Steeve Guénot
 France
Kanatbek Begaliev
 Kyrgyzstan
Armen Vardanyan
 Ukraine
Mikhail Siamionau
 Belarus
74 kg
details
Manuchar Kvirkvelia
 Georgia
Chang Yongxiang
 China
Yavor Yanakiev
 Bulgaria
Christophe Guénot
 France
84 kg
details
Andrea Minguzzi
 Italy
Zoltán Fodor
 Hungary
Nazmi Avluca
 Turkey
vacant*
96 kg
details
Aslanbek Khushtov
 Russia
Mirko Englich
 Germany
Adam Wheeler
 United States
Asset Mambetov
 Kazakhstan
120 kg
details
Mijaín López
 Cuba
Khasan Baroyev
 Russia
Mindaugas Mizgaitis
 Lithuania
Yury Patrikeyev
 Armenia

*Ara Abrahamian of Sweden originally won one of the two bronze medals in the 84 kg weight class but was disqualified by the IOC after he stepped off the podium and dropped his medal in the center of the mat to protest the officiating.

Women's freestyle[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
48 kg
details
Carol Huynh
 Canada
Chiharu Icho
 Japan
Mariya Stadnik
 Azerbaijan
Iryna Merleni
 Ukraine
55 kg
details
Saori Yoshida
 Japan
Xu Li
 China
Tonya Verbeek
 Canada
Jackeline Rentería
 Colombia
63 kg
details
Kaori Icho
 Japan
Alena Kartashova
 Russia
Yelena Shalygina
 Kazakhstan
Randi Miller
 United States
72 kg
details
Wang Jiao
 China
Stanka Zlateva
 Bulgaria
Kyoko Hamaguchi
 Japan
Agnieszka Wieszczek
 Poland

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia (RUS) 6 3 2 11
2  Japan (JPN) 2 2 2 6
3  Georgia (GEO) 2 0 2 4
4  China (CHN) 1 2 0 3
5  Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 1 0 2
6  United States (USA) 1 0 2 3
7  Canada (CAN) 1 0 1 2
 France (FRA) 1 0 1 2
 Turkey (TUR) 1 0 1 2
10  Cuba (CUB) 1 0 0 1
 Italy (ITA) 1 0 0 1
12  Ukraine (UKR) 0 2 3 5
13  Azerbaijan (AZE) 0 2 2 4
14  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 0 1 4 5
15  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 3 4
16  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 0 1 1 2
17  Germany (GER) 0 1 0 1
 Hungary (HUN) 0 1 0 1
 Tajikistan (TJK) 0 1 0 1
20  Armenia (ARM) 0 0 2 2
 Belarus (BLR) 0 0 2 2
22  Colombia (COL) 0 0 1 1
 India (IND) 0 0 1 1
 Iran (IRI) 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania (LTU) 0 0 1 1
 Poland (POL) 0 0 1 1
 Slovakia (SVK) 0 0 1 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 0 1 1
Total 18 18 35 71

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 344 wrestlers from 59 nations competed at the Beijing Games:

CAS hearing[edit]

The Court of Arbitration for Sport also held a hearing based on the request which was issued by Abrahamian and the Swedish Olympic Committee against the FILA. Preceding the hearing, CAS declared in a statement that Abrahamian and the SOC "do not seek from the CAS any particular relief" regarding the ranking of the medals or a review of the IOC decision to exclude Abrahamian from the Games.

Following the CAS issued an arbitration strongly criticizing FILA. Not challenging the outcome of the match and the technical judgments, the arbitration stated that the FILA is required to provide an appeal jury capable to deal promptly with the claims of the athletes. The chairman of the SOC, Stefan Lindeberg, commented that the decision once and for all shows that FILA did not act correctly and that they did not follow their own rules of fair play. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Hamilton (August 14, 2008), Angry Swede throws down medal, quits, Thomson Reuters 
  2. ^ "IOC strips Abrahamian's bronze medal for tantrum". ESPN. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-08-16.