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Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤96 kilograms), Men

Date21 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationZhongguo Nongye Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants18 from 18 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Russia’s Khadzhimurat Gatsalov was the defending gold medalist and had won the last three World Championships, but he was not chosen for the Russian team in 2008, after losing a trials match against Sharvani Muradov, who had won the 2007 European Championship. Muradov made it to the final, where he faced Kazakh Taymuraz Tigiyev, defeating him in straight periods, as Tigiyev could not score off Muradov. The bronze medals went to Georgian Giorgi Gogshelidze, 2008 European Champion and 2007 World runner-up, and Azerbaijani Xetaq Qazyumov. Oddly, in 2012 at London Gogshelidze and Qazyumov would repeat as the bronze medalists in this class.

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, Taymuraz Tigiyev (KAZ) was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), and was disqualified, losing his silver medal. Georgian Giorgi Gogshelidze was upgraded to a silver medal, while Cuban Michel Batista received the bronze medal. Tigiyev’s brother, Soslan Tigiyev, who competed for Uzbekistan, had also originally won a bronze medal in 74 kg freestyle, but was also disqualified in October 2016 for turinabol.

PosWrestlerNOC
1Shirvani MuradovRUSGold
2Giorgi GogshelidzeGEOSilver
=3Xetaq QazyumovAZEBronze
=3Michel BatistaCUBBronze
5Heorhiy TibilovUKR
6Kurban KurbanovUZB
7Gergely KissHUN
8Hakan KoçTUR
9Saeid EbrahimiIRI
10Saleh EmaraEGY
11Nicolai CebanMDA
12Stefan KehrerGER
13David ZilbermanCAN
14Luis VivenesVEN
15Aleksey KrupnyakovKGZ
16Mateusz GucmanPOL
17Vincent Aka-AkesseFRA
ACTaymuraz TigiyevKAZDQ1

Round One (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Saleh EmaraEGY
Match #2 Saeid EbrahimiIRI
Match #3 Aleksey KrupnyakovKGZ
Match #4 Giorgi GogshelidzeGEO
Match #5 Luis VivenesVEN
Match #6 2 Taymuraz TigiyevKAZ 3
Match #7 Michel BatistaCUB
Match #9 Stefan KehrerGER
Match #10 Hakan KoçTUR
Match #11 Heorhiy TibilovUKR
Match #12 Shirvani MuradovRUS
Match #13 Vincent Aka-AkesseFRA
Match #14 Xetaq QazyumovAZE Mateusz GucmanPOL
Match #15 Kurban KurbanovUZB David ZilbermanCAN
Match #16 Gergely KissHUN Nicolai CebanMDA

Round Two (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Saeid EbrahimiIRI Saleh EmaraEGY
Match #2 Giorgi GogshelidzeGEO Aleksey KrupnyakovKGZ
Match #3 4 Luis VivenesVEN Taymuraz TigiyevKAZ 5
Match #4 Michel BatistaCUB
Match #5 Hakan KoçTUR Stefan KehrerGER
Match #6 Shirvani MuradovRUS Heorhiy TibilovUKR
Match #7 Xetaq QazyumovAZE Vincent Aka-AkesseFRA
Match #8 Kurban KurbanovUZB Gergely KissHUN

Quarter-finals (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Giorgi GogshelidzeGEO Saeid EbrahimiIRI
Match #2 6 Michel BatistaCUB Taymuraz TigiyevKAZ 7
Match #3 Shirvani MuradovRUS Hakan KoçTUR
Match #4 Xetaq QazyumovAZE Kurban KurbanovUZB

Semi-finals (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 8 Giorgi GogshelidzeGEO Taymuraz TigiyevKAZ 9
Match #2 Shirvani MuradovRUS Xetaq QazyumovAZE

Repêchage Round One (21 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Luis VivenesVEN
Match #2 Heorhiy TibilovUKR

Repêchage Round Two (21 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Michel BatistaCUB Luis VivenesVEN
Match #2 Heorhiy TibilovUKR Hakan KoçTUR

Repêchage Final (21 August 2008)

Match #1 Giorgi GogshelidzeGEO Michel BatistaCUB
Match #2 Xetaq QazyumovAZE Heorhiy TibilovUKR

Final (21 August 2008)

Match 1/2 10 Shirvani MuradovRUS Taymuraz TigiyevKAZ 11