| Event type

Welterweight, Freestyle (≤65 kilograms), Men

Date21 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants21 from 21 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

If there was a wide open weight class in men’s freestyle in Rio for favourites, it’s was this one, as there had been a different World champion all three years of the Olympic cycle to date, with a gifted group right behind them. With no strong favorite, everybody in the field had a chance to get on the podium.

Two medalists from the 2012 Olympic Games were competing – the gold medalist from Azerbaijan Toğrul Əsgərov, and the bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt of India, who was competing in his fourth Olympic Games. Other contenders were world-ranked number one Frank Chamizo of Italy, the 2015 World champion who had lost Asgarov in the European final; the 2014 World champion and 2015 bronze medalist Soslan Ramonov from Russia, and two-time World bronze medalist (2013, 2014) Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia.

In the end, it was Ramonov beating the defending Olympic champion Asgarov (60 kg) in just two minutes five seconds in the gold medal bout. He scored 11 unanswered points, winning 11-0 on technical points in a bout that was much harder than the score line indicated.

The much-decorated Asgarov (2010 World silver medalist, 2012 European champion, 2015 European Games gold medalist), who captured his second Olympic medal in as many Games, felt great fatigue after a tough semi-final against Italian Chamizo, who went on to earn the bronze medal beating American Frank Molinaro.

The other bronze medal match had the Mongolian Mandakhnaran leading his opponent Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan, 7-6 and he started celebrating with only seconds left. The judges, however, awarded a penalty point because Mandakhnaran was not engaging with an opponent during the match and with the score tied at 7-7, Navruzov was awarded the victory by virtue of earning the last point. What proceeded was an epic meltdown from Mandakhnaran’s coaches, who stripped down to their underwear, which only prompted the referees to award Navruzov another penalty point for the Mongolian outburst following the match. Mandakhnaran refused to accept the decision and walked away from the referee who was about hold the hand up of Navruzov to make the match official.

1Soslan RamonovRUS17015311Gold
2Toğrul ƏsgərovAZE11022917Silver
=3Frank ChamizoITA10001614Bronze
=3Ikhtiyor NavruzovUZB10003037Bronze
=5Frank MolinaroUSA7001322
=5Ganzorigiin MandakhnaranMGL10001614
7Alejandro ValdésCUB7101018
8Borislav NovachkovBUL4001414
9Franklin GómezPUR4001212
10Zurabi IakobishviliGEO40055
11Haislan GarciaCAN400413
12Katai YeerlanbiekeCHN30064
13Andriy KviatkovskyiUKR200720
14Adam BatirovBRN10077
15Meisam NasiriIRI100710
16Magomiedmurad GadżyjewPOL10022
17Amas DanielNGR10012
18Davit SafaryanARM10013
19Sahit PrizreniAUS10016
20Mustafa KayaTUR0044
21Yogeshwar DuttIND0003

Round One (21 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Frank ChamizoITA Bye
Match #2 Davit SafaryanARM Bye
Match #3 Zurabi IakobishviliGEO Bye
Match #4 Amas DanielNGR Bye
Match #5 Toğrul ƏsgərovAZE Bye
Match #6 Andriy KviatkovskyiUKR Bye
Match #7 Frank MolinaroUSA Bye
Match #8 Magomiedmurad GadżyjewPOL Bye
Match #9 Ikhtiyor NavruzovUZB Bye
Match #10 Adam BatirovBRN Bye
Match #11 Franklin GómezPUR Bye
Match #12 Borislav NovachkovBUL Meisam NasiriIRI Decision (10 - 7)
Match #13 Ganzorigiin MandakhnaranMGL Yogeshwar DuttIND Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #14 Katai YeerlanbiekeCHN Sahit PrizreniAUS Decision (6 - 1)
Match #15 Soslan RamonovRUS Haislan GarciaCAN Decision (7 - 1)
Match #16 Alejandro ValdésCUB Mustafa KayaTUR Fall (3:32)

Round Two (21 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Frank ChamizoITA Davit SafaryanARM Decision (3 - 1)
Match #2 Zurabi IakobishviliGEO Amas DanielNGR Decision (2 - 1)
Match #3 Toğrul ƏsgərovAZE Andriy KviatkovskyiUKR Technical Superiority (12 - 2)
Match #4 Frank MolinaroUSA Magomiedmurad GadżyjewPOL Decision (2 - 2)
Match #5 Ikhtiyor NavruzovUZB Adam BatirovBRN Decision (7 - 7)
Match #6 Franklin GómezPUR Borislav NovachkovBUL Decision (7 - 4)
Match #7 Ganzorigiin MandakhnaranMGL Katai YeerlanbiekeCHN Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #8 Soslan RamonovRUS Alejandro ValdésCUB Decision (11 - 3)

Quarter-Finals (21 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Frank ChamizoITA Zurabi IakobishviliGEO Decision (4 - 3)
Match #2 Toğrul ƏsgərovAZE Frank MolinaroUSA Great Superiority (10 - 0)
Match #3 Ikhtiyor NavruzovUZB Franklin GómezPUR Decision (8 - 5)
Match #4 Soslan RamonovRUS Ganzorigiin MandakhnaranMGL Decision by shutout (6 - 0)

Semi-Finals (21 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Toğrul ƏsgərovAZE Frank ChamizoITA Decision (7 - 4)
Match #2 Soslan RamonovRUS Ikhtiyor NavruzovUZB Technical Superiority (18 - 7)

Repêchage Round One (21 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Andriy KviatkovskyiUKR Bye
Match #2 Haislan GarciaCAN Alejandro ValdésCUB Decision (3 - 3)

Repêchage Round Two (21 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Frank MolinaroUSA Andriy KviatkovskyiUKR Decision (8 - 5)
Match #2 Ganzorigiin MandakhnaranMGL Haislan GarciaCAN Decision by shutout (3 - 0)

Repêchage Final (21 August 2016)

Match #1 Frank ChamizoITA Frank MolinaroUSA Decision (5 - 3)
Match #2 Ikhtiyor NavruzovUZB Ganzorigiin MandakhnaranMGL Decision (8 - 7)

Final Round (21 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Soslan RamonovRUS Toğrul ƏsgərovAZE Great Superiority (11 - 0)