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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤74 kilograms), Men

Date20 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationZhongguo Nongye Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants21 from 21 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Russia’s Buvaysar Saytiyev had won the gold medal in this class in 1996 and 2004, and was a six-time World and six-time European Champion. His star had dimmed a bit, however, and he was not chosen for the 2007 World Championships, which were won by Makhach Murtazaliyev. Saytiyev and Murtazaliyev wrestled off for the spot at Beijing, won by Saytiyev. Saytiyev made it to the finals in Beijing, where he faced Uzbeki Soslan Tigiyev. Tigiyev won the first period but Saytiyev dramatically recovered to win the last two periods and the gold medal. At London in 2012 Tigiyev appeared to add a bronze medal to his Beijing silver, but he would be disqualified for a doping positive for methylhexaneamine. Saytiyev’s gold medal in Beijing made him the only Olympic wrestler to win three gold medals in the same class, but not consecutively.

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 October 2016, Soslan Tigiyev (UZB) was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), and was disqualified, losing his bronze medal. Belarussian Murad Gaydarov was upgraded to a silver medal while Romanian Ștefan Gheorghiță received the bronze medal. Tigiyev’s brother, Taymuraz Tigiyev, who competed for Kazakhstan, had also originally won a silver medal in 96 kg freestyle, but was also disqualified in October 2016 for turinabol. Soslan Tigiyev would later originally win a bronze medal in this class at London in 2012, but in November 2012, that was also removed when he also tested positive for turinabol.

PosWrestlerNOC
1Buvaysar SaytiyevRUSGold
2Murad HaydarauBLRSilver
=3Kiril TerzievBULBronze
=3Gheorghiță ȘtefanROUBronze
5Iván FundoraCUB
6Ben AskrenUSA
7Arsen GitinovKGZ
8Emzarios BetinidisGRE
9Ahmet GülhanTUR
10Cho Byung-KwanKOR
11Gela SaghirashviliGEO
12Si RigulengCHN
13Ibrahim AldatovUKR
14Çamsulvara ÇamsulvarayevAZE
15Krystian BrzozowskiPOL
16Augusto MidanaGBS
17Matt GentryCAN
18Meisam Mostafa JokarIRI
19István VerébHUN
20Ali AbdoAUS
ACSoslan TigiyevUZBDQ1

Round One (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Gela SaghirashviliGEO
Match #2 Augusto MidanaGBS
Match #3 Murad HaydarauBLR
Match #4 Çamsulvara ÇamsulvarayevAZE
Match #5 Gheorghiță ȘtefanROU
Match #6 2 Soslan TigiyevUZB 3
Match #7 Emzarios BetinidisGRE
Match #8 Matt GentryCAN
Match #9 Kiril TerzievBUL
Match #10 Meisam Mostafa JokarIRI
Match #11 Ibrahim AldatovUKR
Match #12 Arsen GitinovKGZ Krystian BrzozowskiPOL
Match #13 Ben AskrenUSA István VerébHUN
Match #14 Iván FundoraCUB Si RigulengCHN
Match #15 Ahmet GülhanTUR Ali AbdoAUS
Match #16 Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Cho Byung-KwanKOR

Round Two (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.

Match #1 Gela SaghirashviliGEO Augusto MidanaGBS
Match #2 Murad HaydarauBLR Çamsulvara ÇamsulvarayevAZE
Match #3 4 Gheorghiță ȘtefanROU Soslan TigiyevUZB 5
Match #4 Emzarios BetinidisGRE Matt GentryCAN
Match #5 Kiril TerzievBUL Meisam Mostafa JokarIRI
Match #6 Arsen GitinovKGZ Ibrahim AldatovUKR
Match #7 Iván FundoraCUB Ben AskrenUSA
Match #8 Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Ahmet GülhanTUR

Quarter-finals (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Murad HaydarauBLR Gela SaghirashviliGEO
Match #2 6 Emzarios BetinidisGRE Soslan TigiyevUZB 7
Match #3 Kiril TerzievBUL Arsen GitinovKGZ
Match #4 Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Iván FundoraCUB

Semi-finals (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 8 Murad HaydarauBLR Soslan TigiyevUZB 9
Match #2 Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Kiril TerzievBUL

Repêchage Round One (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Gheorghiță ȘtefanROU
Match #2 Cho Byung-KwanKOR Ahmet GülhanTUR

Repêchage Round Two (20 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Gheorghiță ȘtefanROU Emzarios BetinidisGRE
Match #2 Iván FundoraCUB Cho Byung-KwanKOR

Repêchage Final (20 August 2008)

Match #1 Murad HaydarauBLR Gheorghiță ȘtefanROU
Match #2 Kiril TerzievBUL Iván FundoraCUB

Final (20 August 2008)

Match 1/2 10 Buvaysar SaytiyevRUS Soslan TigiyevUZB 11