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Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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]

Contents

  • Qualification 1
  • Medal summary 2
    • Men's freestyle 2.1
    • Men's Greco-Roman 2.2
    • Women's freestyle 2.3
  • Medal table 3
  • Participating nations 4
  • CAS hearing 5
  • References 6

Qualification

Medal summary

Men's freestyle

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

Men's Greco-Roman

Event Gold Silver Bronze
55 kg
 Nazyr Mankiev
Russia (RUS)
 Rovshan Bayramov
Azerbaijan (AZE)
 Roman Amoyan
Armenia (ARM)
 Park Eun-chul
South Korea (KOR)
60 kg
 Islambek Albiev
Russia (RUS)
 Vitaliy Rahimov
Azerbaijan (AZE)
 Ruslan Tumenbaev
Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)
 Nurbakyt Tengizbayev
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
66 kg
 Steeve Guénot
France (FRA)
 Kanatbek Begaliev
Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)
 Armen Vardanyan
Ukraine (UKR)
 Mikhail Siamionau
Belarus (BLR)
74 kg
Manuchar Kvirkvelia
(GEO)
 Chang Yongxiang
China (CHN)
 Yavor Yanakiev
Bulgaria (BUL)
 Christophe Guénot
France (FRA)
84 kg
 Andrea Minguzzi
Italy (ITA)
 Zoltán Fodor
Hungary (HUN)
 Nazmi Avluca
Turkey (TUR)
vacant*
96 kg
 Aslanbek Khushtov
Russia (RUS)
 Mirko Englich
Germany (GER)
 Adam Wheeler
United States (USA)
 Asset Mambetov
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
120 kg
 Mijaín López
Cuba (CUB)
 Khasan Baroyev
Russia (RUS)
 Mindaugas Mizgaitis
Lithuania (LTU)
 Yury Patrikeyev
Armenia (ARM)

*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

Event Gold Silver Bronze
48 kg
 Carol Huynh
Canada (CAN)
 Chiharu Icho
Japan (JPN)
 Mariya Stadnik
Azerbaijan (AZE)
 Iryna Merleni
Ukraine (UKR)
55 kg
 Saori Yoshida
Japan (JPN)
 Xu Li
China (CHN)
 Tonya Verbeek
Canada (CAN)
 Jackeline Rentería
Colombia (COL)
63 kg
 Kaori Icho
Japan (JPN)
 Alena Kartashova
Russia (RUS)
 Yelena Shalygina
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
 Randi Miller
United States (USA)
72 kg
 Wang Jiao
China (CHN)
 Stanka Zlateva
Bulgaria (BUL)
 Kyoko Hamaguchi
Japan (JPN)
 Agnieszka Wieszczek
Poland (POL)

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia (RUS) 6 3 2 11
2  Japan (JPN) 2 2 2 6
3   (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

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

CAS hearing

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

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