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Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤98 kilograms), Men

Date16 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.

World-ranked number one, Russian Nikita Melnikov missed making the 2016 Olympic team, when the Russian Olympic Trials were won by Islam Magomedov despite having a broken finger. That put Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, two-time World champion (2014, 2015) and three-time European champion (2012, 2013, 2014) as the favourite. With two other World champions in the field, including twice World champion Cenk İldem and 2011 champion Elis Guri of Bulgaria, anything could happen.

But it was the 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist, Yasmany Lugo of Cuba, who Aleksanyan beat 3-0 to win the heavyweight title, and Armenia’s first gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games (and their second all-time since independence in 1991). He is now the first Armenian athlete in any sport to win multiple Olympic medals. Aleksanyan did not give up a single point in his final three bouts from the quarter-finals onward and won back-to-back matches by technical fall in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, beating world number six Turkey’s Cenk İldem in the semi-finals. Ildem went on to win the first bronze after winning his medal match with Romania’s Alin Alexuc-Ciurariu by a score of 4-0.

The other bronze medal was won by the 2012 Olympic champion, Iran’s Ghasem Rezaei, who trailed Sweden’s Carl Schön 4-0 at the end of the first period. When the wrestlers went into par-terre in the second period, Rezaei was able to turn Schoen twice to tie the match and take the advantage on criteria. Nicknamed the “White Bear” Aleksanyan is one of the most renowned Armenian athletes of the 21st century. During the medal ceremony, he wore a shirt with an image of Robert Abajyan—a junior sergeant killed in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) who posthumously received the “Hero of Artsakh” award in April 2016 at the age of 19.

PosWrestlerNOCCPVFSTTPTPR
1Artur AleksanyanARM1402252Gold
2Yasmany LugoCUB90083Silver
=3Cenk İldemTUR900711Bronze
=3Ghasem RezaeiIRI1001198Bronze
=5Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU600614
=5Fredrik SchönSWE11012110
7Elis GuriBUL7011111
8Islam MagomedovRUS40071
9Balázs KissHUN40065
=10Hamdy El-SaidEGY10023
=10Revazi NadareishviliGEO10023
12Daigoro TimonciniITA10028
13Hardeep SinghIND10012
14Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR10013
15Dimitriy TimchenkoUKR0003
16Ardo ArusaarEST0006
=17Luillys PérezVEN0008
=17Hemza HalouiALG0008
19Xiao DiCHN0009

Round One (16 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Artur AleksanyanARM Bye
Match #2 Daigoro TimonciniITA Bye
Match #3 Hamdy El-SaidEGY Bye
Match #4 Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU Bye
Match #5 Islam MagomedovRUS Bye
Match #6 Ardo ArusaarEST Bye
Match #7 Cenk İldemTUR Bye
Match #8 Hardeep SinghIND Bye
Match #9 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Bye
Match #10 Luillys PérezVEN Bye
Match #11 Xiao DiCHN Bye
Match #12 Yasmany LugoCUB Bye
Match #13 Revazi NadareishviliGEO Bye
Match #14 Elis GuriBUL Hemza HalouiALG Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #15 Fredrik SchönSWE Tsimafei DzeinichenkaBLR Decision (3 - 1)
Match #16 Balázs KissHUN Dimitriy TimchenkoUKR Decision by shutout (3 - 0)

Round Two (16 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Artur AleksanyanARM Daigoro TimonciniITA Decision (5 - 2)
Match #2 Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU Hamdy El-SaidEGY Decision (3 - 2)
Match #3 Islam MagomedovRUS Ardo ArusaarEST Decision by shutout (6 - 0)
Match #4 Cenk İldemTUR Hardeep SinghIND Decision (2 - 1)
Match #5 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Luillys PérezVEN Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #6 Yasmany LugoCUB Xiao DiCHN Decision by shutout (2 - 0)
Match #7 Elis GuriBUL Revazi NadareishviliGEO Decision (3 - 2)
Match #8 Fredrik SchönSWE Balázs KissHUN Decision (5 - 3)

Quarter-Finals (16 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Artur AleksanyanARM Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU Great Superiority (8 - 0)
Match #2 Cenk İldemTUR Islam MagomedovRUS Decision (1 - 1)
Match #3 Yasmany LugoCUB Ghasem RezaeiIRI Decision by shutout (4 - 0)
Match #4 Fredrik SchönSWE Elis GuriBUL Great Superiority (9 - 0)

Semi-Finals (16 August 2016)

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

Match #1 Artur AleksanyanARM Cenk İldemTUR Great Superiority (9 - 0)
Match #2 Yasmany LugoCUB Fredrik SchönSWE Decision by shutout (2 - 0)

Repêchage Round One (16 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.

Match #1 Daigoro TimonciniITA Bye
Match #2 Xiao DiCHN Bye

Repêchage Round Two (16 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.

Match #1 Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU Daigoro TimonciniITA Decision by shutout (3 - 0)
Match #2 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Xiao DiCHN Decision by shutout (7 - 0)

Repêchage Final (16 August 2016)

Match #1 Cenk İldemTUR Alin Alexuc-CiurariuROU Decision by shutout (4 - 0)
Match #2 Ghasem RezaeiIRI Fredrik SchönSWE Decision (4 - 4)

Final Round (16 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Artur AleksanyanARM Yasmany LugoCUB Decision by shutout (3 - 0)