|Date||19 August 2008|
|Location||Zhongguo Nongye Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing|
|Participants||19 from 19 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
Mavlet Batyrov of Russia had won the 2004 gold medal as a featherweight, but moved up to lightweight and won the 2006 European and 2007 World Championships. Batyrov won his second gold medal in Beijing, defeating the defending gold medalist, Yandro Quintana of Cuba, in the second round, and the 2006 World Champion, Morad Mohammadi of Iran, in the semi-finals. He then faced Ukraine’s Vasyl Fedoryshyn, a three-time European Champion (2005, 2007-08), in the final. Batyrov won the gold medal with a straight period victory.
That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, 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. This was one of the many events affected.
In April 2017 Vasyl Fedoryshyn (UKR) was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and stanozolol, and was disqualified, losing his silver medal. Japan’s Kenichi Yumoto was advanced to the silver medal position, and Kyrgyzstani wrestler Bazar Bazarguruyev was moved up to a bronze medal.
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Bazar Bazarguruyev||KGZ|
|Match #2||Sahit Prizreni||ALB|
|Match #3||Mike Zadick||USA|
|Match #4 2||Vasyl Fedoryshyn||UKR 3|
|Match #5||Kenichi Yumoto||JPN|
|Match #6||Vitaliy Koryakin||TJK|
|Match #7||Bauyrzhan Orazgaliyev||KAZ|
|Match #8||Yogeshwar Dutt||IND|
|Match #9||Martin Berberyan||ARM|
|Match #10||Saeed Azarbayjani||CAN|
|Match #11||Hassan Madani||EGY|
|Match #12||Morad Mohammadi||IRI|
|Match #13||Kim Jong-Dae||KOR|
|Match #14||Murad Ramazanov||MKD||Tevfik Odabaşı||TUR|
|Match #15||Yandro Quintana||CUB||Tan He||CHN|
|Match #16||Mavlet Batyrov||RUS||Zəlimxan Hüseynov||AZE|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Bazar Bazarguruyev||KGZ||Sahit Prizreni||ALB|
|Match #2 4||Mike Zadick||USA||Vasyl Fedoryshyn||UKR 5|
|Match #3||Kenichi Yumoto||JPN||Vitaliy Koryakin||TJK|
|Match #4||Yogeshwar Dutt||IND||Bauyrzhan Orazgaliyev||KAZ|
|Match #5||Saeed Azarbayjani||CAN||Martin Berberyan||ARM|
|Match #6||Morad Mohammadi||IRI||Hassan Madani||EGY|
|Match #7||Murad Ramazanov||MKD||Kim Jong-Dae||KOR|
|Match #8||Mavlet Batyrov||RUS||Yandro Quintana||CUB|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1 6||Bazar Bazarguruyev||KGZ||Vasyl Fedoryshyn||UKR 7|
|Match #2||Kenichi Yumoto||JPN||Yogeshwar Dutt||IND|
|Match #3||Morad Mohammadi||IRI||Saeed Azarbayjani||CAN|
|Match #4||Mavlet Batyrov||RUS||Murad Ramazanov||MKD|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1 8||Kenichi Yumoto||JPN||Vasyl Fedoryshyn||UKR 9|
|Match #2||Mavlet Batyrov||RUS||Morad Mohammadi||IRI|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Mike Zadick||USA|
|Match #2||Zəlimxan Hüseynov||AZE||Yandro Quintana||CUB|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Bazar Bazarguruyev||KGZ||Mike Zadick||USA|
|Match #2||Zəlimxan Hüseynov||AZE||Murad Ramazanov||MKD|
|Match #1||Kenichi Yumoto||JPN||Bazar Bazarguruyev||KGZ|
|Match #2||Morad Mohammadi||IRI||Zəlimxan Hüseynov||AZE|
|Match 1/2 10||Mavlet Batyrov||RUS||Vasyl Fedoryshyn||UKR 11|