Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Dates 12 – 21 August 2008
Medal Events 18

The 2008 wrestling events were held at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium, an indoor arena on the campus of the China Agricultural Gymnasium in Beijing. The gymnasium was built specifically for the Beijing Olympics but was turned into a sports complex for the university after the Games.

The wrestling program was the same as in 2004, with 7 events in both freestyle and Greco-Roman for men, and 4 freestyle events for women. The formats were changed again in 2008, this time using basically a single-elimination tournament. A Bergvall style repêchage tournament was then held among all those losing to the finalists. Those wrestlers competed in single-elimination matches until only two remained, and both of them were given bronze medals, thus, there were two bronze medals in every class for the first time at the Olympics. The individual match format was also changed, with wrestlers competing more in a tennis-style format of three periods. To win a match a wrestler had to win two of three periods, and the match would end after the second period, if the score was 2-0.

As in 2004, Russia dominated the men’s events, leading with 10 medals and 6 golds, and leading both medal lists (totals and golds) in both styles. And as they had been in 2004, Japan was the leading women’s nation, winning medals in all 4 events with 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze medal, precisely as they had done at Athina.

In 2015 the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. The 2008 wrestling competition was affected, with 7 wrestlers, all medalists, caught for PED disqualifications. One gold medalist, Artur Taymazov, lost his title in the 120 kg freestyle class.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤55 kilograms), Men Olympic 12 August 2008 19 19
Lightweight, Greco-Roman (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 12 August 2008 20 20
Welterweight, Greco-Roman (≤66 kilograms), Men Olympic 13 August 2008 20 20
Middleweight, Greco-Roman (≤74 kilograms), Men Olympic 13 August 2008 20 20
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤84 kilograms), Men Olympic 14 August 2008 20 20
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤96 kilograms), Men Olympic 14 August 2008 20 20
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms), Men Olympic 14 August 2008 20 20
Featherweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms), Men Olympic 19 August 2008 19 19
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 19 August 2008 19 19
Welterweight, Freestyle (≤66 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 August 2008 21 21
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤74 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 August 2008 21 21
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤84 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 August 2008 20 20
Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤96 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 August 2008 18 18
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤120 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 August 2008 20 20
Flyweight, Freestyle (≤48 kilograms), Women Olympic 16 August 2008 17 17
Lightweight, Freestyle (≤55 kilograms), Women Olympic 16 August 2008 16 16
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤63 kilograms), Women Olympic 17 August 2008 17 17
Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤72 kilograms), Women Olympic 17 August 2008 16 16
343 (277/66) 59 (55/30)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Featherweight, Greco-Roman, Men Nazyr MankiyevRUS Rövşən BayramovAZE Roman Amoyan
Park Eun-Cheol
ARM
KOR
Lightweight, Greco-Roman, Men Islam-Beka AlbiyevRUS Nurbakyt TengizbayevKAZ Ruslan Tyumenbayev
Sheng Jiang
KGZ
CHN
Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Steeve GuénotFRA Kanat BegaliyevKGZ Armen Vardanian
Mikhail Siamionau
UKR
BLR
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men Manuchar K'virk'veliaGEO Chang YongxiangCHN Yavor Yanakiev
Christophe Guénot
BUL
FRA
Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Andrea MinguzziITA Zoltán FodorHUN Nazmi AvlucaTUR
Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Aslanbek KhushtovRUS Mirko EnglichGER Adam Wheeler
Marek Švec
USA
CZE
Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman, Men Mijaín LópezCUB Mindaugas MizgaitisLTU Yury Patrikeyev
Yannick Szczepaniak
ARM
FRA
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men Henry CejudoUSA Tomohiro MatsunagaJPN Radoslav Velikov
Besik Kudukhov
BUL
RUS
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Mavlet BatyrovRUS Kenichi YumotoJPN Morad Mohammadi
Bazar Bazarguruyev
IRI
KGZ
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men Ramazan ŞahinTUR Andriy StadnikUKR Otar Tushishvili
Sushil Kumar
GEO
IND
Middleweight, Freestyle, Men Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Murad HaydarauBLR Kiril Terziev
Gheorghiță Ștefan
BUL
ROU
Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Revaz MindorashviliGEO Yusup AbdusalomovTJK Taras Danko
Georgy Ketoyev
UKR
RUS
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Shirvani MuradovRUS Giorgi GogshelidzeGEO Xetaq Qazyumov
Michel Batista
AZE
CUB
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUS David MusuľbesSVK Marid Mutalimov
Disney Rodríguez
KAZ
CUB
Flyweight, Freestyle, Women Carol HuynhCAN Chiharu IchoJPN Mariya Stadnik
Iryna Merleni-Mykulchyn
AZE
UKR
Lightweight, Freestyle, Women Saori YoshidaJPN Xu LiCHN Tonya Verbeek
Jackeline Rentería
CAN
COL
Middleweight, Freestyle, Women Kaori IchoJPN Alyona KartashovaRUS Yelena Shalygina
Randi Miller
KAZ
USA
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Women Wang JiaoCHN Stanka ZlatevaBUL Kyoko Hamaguchi
Agnieszka Wieszczek
JPN
POL

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russian Federation RUS 7 1 2 10
Japan JPN 2 3 1 6
Georgia GEO 2 1 1 4
People's Republic of China CHN 1 2 1 4
Cuba CUB 1 0 2 3
France FRA 1 0 2 3
United States USA 1 0 2 3
Canada CAN 1 0 1 2
Turkey TUR 1 0 1 2
Italy ITA 1 0 0 1
Bulgaria BUL 0 1 3 4
Ukraine UKR 0 1 3 4
Azerbaijan AZE 0 1 2 3
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 1 2 3
Kyrgyzstan KGZ 0 1 2 3
Belarus BLR 0 1 1 2
Germany GER 0 1 0 1
Hungary HUN 0 1 0 1
Lithuania LTU 0 1 0 1
Slovakia SVK 0 1 0 1
Tajikistan TJK 0 1 0 1
Armenia ARM 0 0 2 2
Colombia COL 0 0 1 1
Czech Republic CZE 0 0 1 1
India IND 0 0 1 1
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 0 0 1 1
Poland POL 0 0 1 1
Republic of Korea KOR 0 0 1 1
Romania ROU 0 0 1 1