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Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle (≤120 kilograms), Men

Date21 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationZhongguo Nongye Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants20 from 20 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Uzbeki Artur Taymazov had won a silver medal in this class in 2000 and then won the gold medal in 2004. He had won the 2006 World Championships and was favored to win his second consecutive gold in Beijing. In the semi-finals he faced David Musuľbes, who had won the 2000 gold medal representing Russia. Musuľbes had not been chosen for the 2004 Olympic team so left the Russian squad and began competing for Slovakia, as he did in Beijing. The match between the last two gold medalists was very close, but Taymazov prevailed, winning the first two periods 1-0. In the final Taymazov faced Russian Bakhtiyar Akhmedov, also shutting him in and winning in two straight periods. Taymazov would return in 2012 and win his third consecutive gold medal in this class. Musuľbes held on and won a bronze medal in Beijing, along with Kazakh Marid Mutalimov.

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, Artur Taymazov (UZB) was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and stanozolol, and was disqualified, tentatively losing his gold medal. However, he appealed the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but that appeal was rejected in March 2018, with the updated results as shown.

PosWrestlerNOC
1Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUSGold
2David MusuľbesSVKSilver
=3Marid MutalimovKAZBronze
=3Disney RodríguezCUBBronze
5Fardin MasoumiIRI
6Steve MoccoUSA
7Ottó AubéliHUN
8Aydın PolatçıTUR
9Liang LeiCHN
10Ivan IshchenkoUKR
11Bartłomiej BartnickiPOL
12Bozhidar BoyadzhievBUL
13Əli İsayevAZE
14Kim Jae-GangKOR
15Florian TemengilPLW
16Rajiv TomarIND
17Wilson SeiwariNGR
18Rareș ChintoanROU
19Lawrence LangowskiMEX
ACArtur TaymazovUZBDQ1

Round One (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Əli İsayevAZE
Match #2 2 Artur TaymazovUZB 3
Match #3 Rareș ChintoanROU
Match #4 Disney RodríguezCUB
Match #5 David MusuľbesSVK
Match #6 Wilson SeiwariNGR
Match #7 Florian TemengilPLW
Match #8 Ottó AubéliHUN
Match #9 Kim Jae-GangKOR
Match #10 Marid MutalimovKAZ
Match #11 Ivan IshchenkoUKR
Match #12 Aydın PolatçıTUR
Match #13 Steve MoccoUSA Rajiv TomarIND
Match #14 Liang LeiCHN Bartłomiej BartnickiPOL
Match #15 Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUS Bozhidar BoyadzhievBUL
Match #16 Fardin MasoumiIRI Lawrence LangowskiMEX

Round Two (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 4 Əli İsayevAZE Artur TaymazovUZB 5
Match #2 Disney RodríguezCUB Rareș ChintoanROU
Match #3 David MusuľbesSVK Wilson SeiwariNGR
Match #4 Ottó AubéliHUN Florian TemengilPLW
Match #5 Marid MutalimovKAZ Kim Jae-GangKOR
Match #6 Aydın PolatçıTUR Ivan IshchenkoUKR
Match #7 Steve MoccoUSA Liang LeiCHN
Match #8 Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUS Fardin MasoumiIRI

Quarter-finals (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 6 Disney RodríguezCUB Artur TaymazovUZB 7
Match #2 David MusuľbesSVK Ottó AubéliHUN
Match #3 Marid MutalimovKAZ Aydın PolatçıTUR
Match #4 Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUS Steve MoccoUSA

Semi-finals (21 August 2008)

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

Match #1 8 David MusuľbesSVK Artur TaymazovUZB 9
Match #2 Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUS Marid MutalimovKAZ

Repêchage Round One (21 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Əli İsayevAZE
Match #2 Fardin MasoumiIRI Bozhidar BoyadzhievBUL

Repêchage Round Two (21 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Disney RodríguezCUB Əli İsayevAZE
Match #2 Fardin MasoumiIRI Steve MoccoUSA

Repêchage Final (21 August 2008)

Match #1 David MusuľbesSVK Disney RodríguezCUB
Match #2 Marid MutalimovKAZ Fardin MasoumiIRI

Final (21 August 2008)

Match 1/2 10 Bakhtiyar AkhmedovRUS Artur TaymazovUZB 11