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Welterweight, Greco-Roman (≤66 kilograms), Men

Date13 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.

Fərid Mənsurov of Azerbaijan was the defending gold medalist and the 2007 World Champion and came in favored, but he lost his first bout against 2008 European Champion Armen Vardanan of the Ukraine. Vardanian lost his next match against Kyrgyzstan’s Kanat Begaliyev, 2006 World runner-up, and Begaliyev continued on to the final. His opponent in the final was France’s Steeve Guénot, who had been runner-up at the 2007 Worlds. Guénot won a straight period victory to win gold, the first Olympic wrestling gold for France since Henri Deglane had won in 1924. Begaliyev won the first ever silver medal for Kyrgyzstan in any sport. Shortly after Guénot won gold, his brother, Christophe, took bronze in the middleweight Greco-Roman event. Three of the four medalists were from former Soviet republics.

PosWrestlerNOC
1Steeve GuénotFRAGold
2Kanat BegaliyevKGZSilver
=3Armen VardanianUKRBronze
=3Mikhail SiamionauBLRBronze
=5Nikolay GergovBUL
=5Darkhan BayakhmetovKAZ
7Sergey KovalenkoRUS
8Tamás LőrinczHUN
9Alaín MiliánCUB
10Li YanyanCHN
11Ali MohammadiIRI
12Jake DeitchlerUSA
13Ion PanaitROU
14Arman AdikyanARM
=15Kim Min-CheolKOR
=15Aleksandras KazakevičiusLTU
17Şeref EroğluTUR
18Marcus ThätnerGER
19Fərid MənsurovAZE
20Mohamed SerirALG

Round One (13 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Jake DeitchlerUSA
Match #2 Kanat BegaliyevKGZ
Match #3 Fərid MənsurovAZE
Match #4 Armen VardanianUKR
Match #5 Mohamed SerirALG
Match #6 Sergey KovalenkoRUS
Match #7 Şeref EroğluTUR
Match #8 Nikolay GergovBUL
Match #9 Li YanyanCHN
Match #10 Ion PanaitROU
Match #11 Marcus ThätnerGER
Match #12 Darkhan BayakhmetovKAZ
Match #13 Mikhail SiamionauBLR Aleksandras KazakevičiusLTU
Match #14 Ali MohammadiIRI Kim Min-CheolKOR
Match #15 Steeve GuénotFRA Alaín MiliánCUB
Match #16 Tamás LőrinczHUN Arman AdikyanARM

Round Two (13 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Kanat BegaliyevKGZ Jake DeitchlerUSA
Match #2 Armen VardanianUKR Fərid MənsurovAZE
Match #3 Sergey KovalenkoRUS Mohamed SerirALG
Match #4 Nikolay GergovBUL Şeref EroğluTUR
Match #5 Li YanyanCHN Ion PanaitROU
Match #6 Darkhan BayakhmetovKAZ Marcus ThätnerGER
Match #7 Mikhail SiamionauBLR Ali MohammadiIRI
Match #8 Steeve GuénotFRA Tamás LőrinczHUN

Quarter-finals (13 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Kanat BegaliyevKGZ Armen VardanianUKR
Match #2 Nikolay GergovBUL Sergey KovalenkoRUS
Match #3 Darkhan BayakhmetovKAZ Li YanyanCHN
Match #4 Steeve GuénotFRA Mikhail SiamionauBLR

Semi-finals (13 August 2008)

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

Match #1 Kanat BegaliyevKGZ Nikolay GergovBUL
Match #2 Steeve GuénotFRA Darkhan BayakhmetovKAZ

Repêchage Round One (13 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Jake DeitchlerUSA
Match #2 Alaín MiliánCUB Tamás LőrinczHUN

Repêchage Round Two (13 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Armen VardanianUKR Jake DeitchlerUSA
Match #2 Mikhail SiamionauBLR Alaín MiliánCUB

Repêchage Final (13 August 2008)

Match #1 Armen VardanianUKR Nikolay GergovBUL
Match #2 Mikhail SiamionauBLR Darkhan BayakhmetovKAZ

Final (13 August 2008)

Match 1/2 Steeve GuénotFRA Kanat BegaliyevKGZ