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Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤59 kilograms), Men

Date14 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationArena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants19 from 19 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.

Iran’s seven-time World and 2012 Olympic champion, Hamid Sourian entered Rio hoping that when he left, he was one of the greatest of all time. Challengers included Rövşən Bayramov of Azerbaijan (double Olympic silver medalist – 2008, 2012), 2013 World champion Yun Won-Chol from North Korea, Cuba’s Ismael Borrero (2015 World champion), and Uzbekistan’s Elmurat Tasmuradov (twice World bronze medalist). But in the round of 32, Sourian was beaten by Japan’s Shinobu Ota, followed by a loss to Almat Kebispayev of Kazakhstan in the repêchage round, putting an end to his campaign.

It was the Cuban, Borrero Molina who dominated Ota, the 2014 Asian Games silver medalist, 8-0 in the gold medal final, giving Cuba their first gold medal of the Rio Games. For the bronze medals, Norway’s Stig André Berge, the 2014 World Championships bronze medalist, and three-time Olympian, beat Rövşən Bayramov of Azerbaijan - the World and twice European champion, and two-time Olympic silver medalist. The medal was Norway’s first Olympic wrestling medal in 24 years since Jon Rønningen (NOR) won the gold medal in 52 kg at Barcelona in 1992.

In the other bronze medal bout, Uzbekistan’s Elmurat Tasmuradov (twice World bronze medalist) had a four-point throw in the last 90 seconds to beat 2012 Olympian Arsen Eraliyev of Kyrgyzstan 13-8 – only the second Olympic Games medal in Greco-Roman for Uzbekistan after Aleksandr Dokturishvili won gold in 74 kg at Athens 2004.

PosWrestlerNOCCPVFSTTPTPR
1Ismael BorreroCUB1402264Gold
2Shinobu OtaJPN14101914Silver
=3Elmurat TasmuradovUZB11013014Bronze
=3Stig André BergeNOR120085Bronze
=5Arsen EraliyevKGZ5001521
=5Rövşən BayramovAZE902205
7Almat KebispayevKAZ8101015
8Wang LuminCHN5011012
9Jesse ThielkeUSA40189
10Yun Won-CholPRK300812
11Hamid SourianIRI1001111
12Haithem FahmyEGY10038
13Kristijan FrisSRB10027
14Lee Jung-BaikKOR0002
15Saslan DaurauBLR0003
16Ibragim LabazanovRUS0004
=17Andrés MontañoECU0008
=17Raiber RodríguezVEN0008
=17Messaoud El-MahadiMAR0008

Round One (14 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Ismael BorreroCUB Bye
Match #2 Arsen EraliyevKGZ Bye
Match #3 Andrés MontañoECU Bye
Match #4 Wang LuminCHN Bye
Match #5 Yun Won-CholPRK Bye
Match #6 Haithem FahmyEGY Bye
Match #7 Elmurat TasmuradovUZB Bye
Match #8 Kristijan FrisSRB Bye
Match #9 Rövşən BayramovAZE Bye
Match #10 Raiber RodríguezVEN Bye
Match #11 Messaoud El-MahadiMAR Bye
Match #12 Jesse ThielkeUSA Bye
Match #13 Saslan DaurauBLR Bye
Match #14 Stig André BergeNOR Lee Jung-BaikKOR Decision by shutout (2 - 0)
Match #15 Shinobu OtaJPN Hamid SourianIRI Decision (5 - 4)
Match #16 Almat KebispayevKAZ Ibragim LabazanovRUS Decision by shutout (4 - 0)

Round Two (14 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Ismael BorreroCUB Arsen EraliyevKGZ Decision (6 - 3)
Match #2 Wang LuminCHN Andrés MontañoECU Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #3 Yun Won-CholPRK Haithem FahmyEGY Decision (8 - 3)
Match #4 Elmurat TasmuradovUZB Kristijan FrisSRB Decision (7 - 2)
Match #5 Rövşən BayramovAZE Raiber RodríguezVEN Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #6 Jesse ThielkeUSA Messaoud El-MahadiMAR Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #7 Stig André BergeNOR Saslan DaurauBLR Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #8 Shinobu OtaJPN Almat KebispayevKAZ Decision by shutout (6 - 0)

Quarter-Finals (14 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Ismael BorreroCUB Wang LuminCHN Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #2 Elmurat TasmuradovUZB Yun Won-CholPRK Great Superiority (9 - 0)
Match #3 Rövşən BayramovAZE Jesse ThielkeUSA Great Superiority (9 - 0)
Match #4 Shinobu OtaJPN Stig André BergeNOR Decision by shutout (4 - 0)

Semi-Finals (14 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Ismael BorreroCUB Elmurat TasmuradovUZB Decision (4 - 1)
Match #2 Shinobu OtaJPN Rövşən BayramovAZE Fall (2:32)

Repêchage Round One (14 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Arsen EraliyevKGZ Bye
Match #2 Almat KebispayevKAZ Hamid SourianIRI Fall (4:18)

Repêchage Round Two (14 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Arsen EraliyevKGZ Wang LuminCHN Decision (4 - 2)
Match #2 Stig André BergeNOR Almat KebispayevKAZ Decision by shutout (2 - 0)

Repêchage Final (14 August 2016)

Match #1 Elmurat TasmuradovUZB Arsen EraliyevKGZ Decision (13 - 8)
Match #2 Stig André BergeNOR Rövşən BayramovAZE Decision (1 - 1)

Final Round (14 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Ismael BorreroCUB Shinobu OtaJPN Great Superiority (8 - 0)