Wrestling at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Dates 22 – 29 August 2004
Medal Events 18

The 2004 wrestling events were contested at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall, which also hosted judo during the 2004 Olympics. The site had seating for 6,000 spectators at the 2004 Olympics. It has since became a popular site for various television productions.

The biggest news in 2004 Olympic wrestling was that women were allowed to compete in freestyle for the first time, with four classes. Women had had freestyle World Championships since 1987. To keep the number of wrestling competitors at approximately the same levels, the men had only 7 classes in each style, down from 8 in 2000. In addition, the men’s heaviest class was now limited to an upper weight limit of 120 kg (264 lbs), down from 130 kg (286 lbs). The women’s heaviest class also had a weight limit, of 72 kg (158 lbs).

The format in each class was the same as in 2000. Approximately 20 wrestlers per class were separated into six groups, with round-robins held in each group. The winners of each group advanced to a single-elimination tournament, starting with quarter-finals.

Russia was again the dominant wrestling nation among the men, winning 9 medals and 5 golds, and leading the medal lists (totals and golds) in both styles. Among the women, Japan was the leading nation, winning medals in all 4 classes and 2 gold medals.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤55 kilograms), Men Olympic 24 – 25 August 2004 22 22
Lightweight, Greco-Roman (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 25 – 26 August 2004 22 22
Welterweight, Greco-Roman (≤66 kilograms), Men Olympic 24 – 25 August 2004 20 20
Middleweight, Greco-Roman (≤74 kilograms), Men Olympic 25 – 26 August 2004 20 20
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤84 kilograms), Men Olympic 24 – 25 August 2004 20 20
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤96 kilograms), Men Olympic 25 – 26 August 2004 22 22
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms), Men Olympic 24 – 25 August 2004 20 20
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms), Men Olympic 27 – 28 August 2004 22 22
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 28 – 29 August 2004 19 19
Welterweight, Freestyle (≤66 kilograms), Men Olympic 27 – 28 August 2004 21 21
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤74 kilograms), Men Olympic 28 – 29 August 2004 21 21
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤84 kilograms), Men Olympic 27 – 28 August 2004 22 22
Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤96 kilograms), Men Olympic 28 – 29 August 2004 21 21
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤120 kilograms), Men Olympic 27 – 28 August 2004 20 20
Flyweight, Freestyle (≤48 kilograms), Women Olympic 22 – 23 August 2004 14 14
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms), Women Olympic 22 – 23 August 2004 12 12
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms), Women Olympic 22 – 23 August 2004 12 12
Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤72 kilograms), Women Olympic 22 – 23 August 2004 12 12
342 (292/50) 66 (63/21)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Featherweight, Greco-Roman, Men István MajorosHUN Geydar MamedaliyevRUS Artyom KiouregkianGRE
Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Jeong Ji-HyeonKOR Roberto MonzónCUB Armen NazaryanBUL
Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Fərid MənsurovAZE Şeref EroğluTUR Mkhitar ManukyanKAZ
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Aleksandr DokturishviliUZB Marko Yli-HannukselaFIN Varteres SamurgashevRUS
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Aleksey MishinRUS Ara AbrahamianSWE Viachaslau MakarankaBLR
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Karam GaberEGY Ramaz NozadzeGEO Mehmet ÖzalTUR
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Khasan BaroyevRUS Georgy TsurtsumiaKAZ Rulon GardnerUSA
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men Mavlet BatyrovRUS Stephen AbasUSA Chikara TanabeJPN
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Yandro QuintanaCUB Masoud Mostafa JokarIRI Kenji InoueJPN
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men Elbrus TedieievUKR Jamill KellyUSA Makhach MurtazaliyevRUS
Middleweight, Freestyle, Men Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Gennady LaliyevKAZ Iván FundoraCUB
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Cael SandersonUSA Mun Ui-JeKOR Sazhid SazhidovRUS
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Khadzhimurat GatsalovRUS Magomed IbragimovUZB Ali Reza HeidariIRI
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Artur TaymazovUZB Ali Reza RezaeiIRI Aydın PolatçıTUR
Flyweight, Freestyle, Women Iryna MerleniUKR Chiharu IchoJPN Patricia MirandaUSA
Lightweight, Freestyle, Women Saori YoshidaJPN Tonya VerbeekCAN Anna GomisFRA
Middleweight, Freestyle, Women Kaori IchoJPN Sara McMannUSA Lise LegrandFRA
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Women Wang XuCHN Gyuzel ManyurovaRUS Kyoko HamaguchiJPN

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russian Federation RUS 5 2 3 10
Japan JPN 2 1 3 6
Uzbekistan UZB 2 1 0 3
Ukraine UKR 2 0 0 2
United States USA 1 3 2 6
Cuba CUB 1 1 1 3
Republic of Korea KOR 1 1 0 2
Azerbaijan AZE 1 0 0 1
Egypt EGY 1 0 0 1
Hungary HUN 1 0 0 1
People's Republic of China CHN 1 0 0 1
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 0 2 1 3
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 2 1 3
Turkey TUR 0 1 2 3
Canada CAN 0 1 0 1
Finland FIN 0 1 0 1
Georgia GEO 0 1 0 1
Sweden SWE 0 1 0 1
France FRA 0 0 2 2
Belarus BLR 0 0 1 1
Bulgaria BUL 0 0 1 1
Greece GRE 0 0 1 1