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Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤85 kilograms), Men

Date29 September – 1 October 2000 — 09:30-17:00 (all days)
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales (Halls 1 & 2)
Participants20 from 20 countries
FormatRound-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.

The two co-favorites were Russian Adam Saytiyev and Cuban Yoel Romero. Both were World Champions in 1999, Romero in this class and Saytiyev as a middleweight. Saytiyev had also won three consecutive European Championships coming into Sydney. They dominated the competition, moving into the knockout round and meeting each other in the final. The final was expected to be close, but Saytiyev moved ahead 7-1, and then pinned Romero with only 44 seconds left in the match.

Both continued to have interesting careers post-Sydney. Saytiyev won the 2002 World and the 2006 European Championships. Romero won silver medals at the 2002 and 2005 Worlds, and a gold medal at the 2004 Pan American Games. In 2007 he defected to Germany and then took up mixed martial arts as a professional fighter, fighting with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) troupe.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCCPTP
1Adam SaytiyevRUSGold
2Yoel RomeroCUBSilver
3Mogamed IbragimovMKDBronze
4Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI
5Charles BurtonUSA
6Yang Hyeong-MoKOR
7Gábor KapuváriHUN711
8Nicolae GhițăROU614
9Bieybulat MusayeuBLR514
10Magomed KurugliyevKAZ414
11Igors SamušonoksLAT49
12Davyd BichinashviliUKR48
13Justin AbdouCAN48
14Makharbek KhadartsevUZB45
15Alioune DioufSEN310
16Grégory MartinettiSUI17
17Tatsuo KawaiJPN16
18Ali ÖzenTUR12
19Igor PraporshchikovAUS00
20Vincent Aka-AkesseCIV00

Round One (29 – 30 September 2000)

Round One Pool One (—)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesCPTP
1Mogamed IbragimovMKD2077Q
2Davyd BichinashviliUKR1148
3Tatsuo KawaiJPN0216

Match #1 Mogamed IbragimovMKD
decision (1-1) (9:00)
Davyd BichinashviliUKR
Match #2 Mogamed IbragimovMKD
fall (6-5) (2:21)
Tatsuo KawaiJPN
Match #3 Davyd BichinashviliUKR
decision (7-1) (6:00)
Tatsuo KawaiJPN

Round One Pool Two (—)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesCPTP
1Charles BurtonUSA20714Q
2Alioune DioufSEN11310
3Grégory MartinettiSUI0217

Match #1 Charles BurtonUSA
decision (4-0) (6:00)
Alioune DioufSEN
Match #2 Charles BurtonUSA
grand superiority (10-0) (5:34)
Grégory MartinettiSUI
Match #3 Alioune DioufSEN
decision (10-7) (6:00)
Grégory MartinettiSUI

Round One Pool Three (—)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesCPTP
1Adam SaytiyevRUS20715Q
2Bieybulat MusayeuBLR11514
3Igor PraporshchikovAUS0200

Match #1 Adam SaytiyevRUS
decision (4-1) (6:00)
Bieybulat MusayeuBLR
Match #2 Adam SaytiyevRUS
fall (11-0) (4:42)
Igor PraporshchikovAUS
Match #3 Bieybulat MusayeuBLR
grand superiority (13-0) (6:00)
Igor PraporshchikovAUS

Round One Pool Four (—)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesCPTP
1Yang Hyeong-MoKOR2068Q
2Makharbek KhadartsevUZB1145
3Ali ÖzenTUR0212

Match #1 Yang Hyeong-MoKOR
decision (3-2) (8:04)
Makharbek KhadartsevUZB
Match #2 Yang Hyeong-MoKOR
decision (5-2) (6:00)
Ali ÖzenTUR
Match #3 Makharbek KhadartsevUZB
decision (3-0) (9:00)
Ali ÖzenTUR

Round One Pool Five (—)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesCPTP
1Yoel RomeroCUB30915Q
2Magomed KurugliyevKAZ12414
3Igors SamušonoksLAT1249
4Justin AbdouCAN1248

Match #1 Yoel RomeroCUB
decision (4-0) (6:00)
Magomed KurugliyevKAZ
Match #2 Yoel RomeroCUB
decision (3-0) (6:00)
Igors SamušonoksLAT
Match #3 Yoel RomeroCUB
decision (8-0) (6:00)
Justin AbdouCAN
Match #4 Igors SamušonoksLAT
decision (7-6) (6:00)
Magomed KurugliyevKAZ
Match #5 Justin AbdouCAN
decision (3-2) (6:00)
Igors SamušonoksLAT
Match #6 Magomed KurugliyevKAZ
decision (8-5) (6:00)
Justin AbdouCAN

Round One Pool Six (—)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsLossesCPTP
1Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI30914Q
2Gábor KapuváriHUN21711
3Nicolae GhițăROU12614
4Vincent Aka-AkesseCIV0300

Match #1 Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI
decision (5-3) (6:00)
Gábor KapuváriHUN
Match #2 Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI
decision (5-3) (6:00)
Nicolae GhițăROU
Match #3 Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI
decision (4-0) (6:00)
Vincent Aka-AkesseCIV
Match #4 Gábor KapuváriHUN
decision (2-1) (9:00)
Nicolae GhițăROU
Match #5 Gábor KapuváriHUN
decision (6-0) (6:00)
Vincent Aka-AkesseCIV
Match #6 Nicolae GhițăROU
grand superiority (10-0) (2:16)
Vincent Aka-AkesseCIV

Quarter-finals (1 October 2000)

Match #1 Mogamed IbragimovMKD
decision (4-2) (8:45)
Charles BurtonUSA
Match #2 Adam SaytiyevRUS
decision (5-0) (6:00)
Yang Hyeong-MoKOR
Match #3 Yoel RomeroCUB bye
Match #4 Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI bye

Semi-finals (1 October 2000)

Match #1 Adam SaytiyevRUS
decision (3-0) (6:00)
Mogamed IbragimovMKD
Match #2 Yoel RomeroCUB
decision (3-0) (6:00)
Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI

Final Round (1 October 2000)

Match 1/2 Adam SaytiyevRUS
fall (7-1) (3:41)
Yoel RomeroCUB
Match 3/4 Mogamed IbragimovMKD
decision (4-1) (8:25)
Amir Reza Khadem AzgadhiIRI
Match 5/6 Charles BurtonUSA bye