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International journalists predict gold medalists in wrestling at Athens Olympic Games

8/2/2004

TheMat.com has asked journalists around the world to give their predictions for the gold medalists in wrestling at the 2004 Olympic Games. Below are the choices received to date. More selections will be added as they are received.

USA TODAY (USA)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)

60 kg/132 lbs. - Arif Abdullaev (Azerbaijan)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Irbek Farniev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Sajid Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Artur Taimazov (Uzbekistan)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Im Dae Wong (Korea)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Filiberto Azcuy (Cuba)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ramaz Nozadze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Irina Melnik (Ukraine)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

SERGEY BUTOV, Sport-Express (Russia)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Dilshod Mansurov (Uzbekistan)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Arif Abdullaev (Azerbaijan)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Buvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Sazhid Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ali Reza Heidari (Iran)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Kerry McCoy (USA)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Lazaro Rivas (Cuba)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Manuchar Kvirkvelia (Georgia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Varteras Samourgashev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Karam Gaber (Egypt)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Khasan Baroev (Russia)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Irina Merlini (Ukraine)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Alena Kartashov (Russia)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Gouzel Manyurova (Russia)

ALAN ROBINSON, Associated Press (USA)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Dilshod Mazurov (Uzbekistan)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Mourad Oumachanov (Russia)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Cael Sanderson (USA)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ali Reza Heidari (Iran)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – David Musulbes (Russia)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Lazaro Rivas (Cuba)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Manchari Kvirkvelia (Georgia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Alexei Gloushkov (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Alexei Michine (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ramaz Nozadze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Irina Melnik (Ukraine)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Sara McMann (USA)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

EDDIE GOLDMAN, Grappling Magazine (USA)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Stephen Abas (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs. –Yandro Quintana (Cuba)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Makahach Murtazaliev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Saijd Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Kerry McCoy (USA)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Im Dae-Wong (Korea)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Armen Vardanyan (Ukraine)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Varteres Samourgashev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Karam Gaber (Egypt)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Chiharu Icho (Japan)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Toccara Montgomery (USA)

IKUO HIGUCHI (Japan)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Tanabe Chikara (Japan)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Yandro Quintana (Cuba)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Makhach Murtazaliev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Joe Williams (USA)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Sajid Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov (Russia)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Im Dae-Won (Korea)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Seref Eroglu (Turkey)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Filiberto Azcuy (Cuba)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Alexei Michine (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ramaz Nozadze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Chiharu Icho (Japan)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. –Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

FRANK SHANLY, Mat Chat (New Zealand)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Herman Kontoev (Belarus)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Yandro Quintana (Cuba)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Buvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Sajid Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Kjadjimurad Gatsalov (Russia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – David Mussulbes (Russia)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Hassan Rangraz (Iran)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kim In-Sub (Korea)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Alexei Glushkov (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Karam Gaber (Egypt)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Irini Merlini (Ukraine)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Chiharu Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

BRYAN VAN KLEY, W.IN. Magazine (USA)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Stephen Abas (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Yandro Quintana (Cuba)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. - Irbek Farniev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Cael Sanderson (USA)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ali Reza Heidari (Iran)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. –Artur Taymazov (Russia)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Hassan Rangraz (Iran)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Jim Gruenwald (USA)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kim In-Sub (Korea)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Alexei Glushkov (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Gocha Ziziashvili (Israel)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Davvd Saladadze (Ukraine)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Mihaly Deak-Bardos (Hungary)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Patricia Miranda (USA)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

ALI GUMUS, Chairman of AIPS Wrestling Commission (Turkey)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Babak Noorzad (Iran)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Ramazan Demir (Turkey)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Ali Reza Heidari (Iran)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Sajid Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Khadjimurad Gatsalov (Russia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Kuramagomed Kuramagomedov (Russia)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Hassan Rangraz (Iran)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Seref Eroglu (Turkey)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Varteres Samourgashev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Ramaz Nozadze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Khassan Baroev (Russia)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Chiharu Icho (Japan)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Toccara Montgomery (USA)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (USA)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Roberto Montero (Cuba)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Yandro Quintana (Cuba)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Buvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Sajid Sajidov (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Artur Taimazov (Uzbekistan)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Lazaro Rivas (Cuba)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Manuchar Kvirkelia (Georgia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Varteres Samurgashev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Gotcha Tsitshivili (Israel)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Karam Gaber (Egypt)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Khassan Baroev (Russia)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Irina Melnik (Ukraine)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Kyoko Hamaguchi (Japan)

GARY ABBOTT, USA Wrestler

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Stephen Abas (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Murad Umachanov (Russia)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Makahach Murtazaliev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Buvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Cael Sanderson (USA)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Eldar Kurtanidze (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Kerry McCoy (USA)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Dennis Hall (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Armen Vardanyan (Ukraine)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Filiberto Azcuy (Cuba)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Alexei Michine (Russia)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Karam Gaber (Egypt)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Patricia Miranda (USA)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Toccara Montgomery (USA)

JASON BRYANT, Mat Talk Online (USA)

Men’s Freestyle champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Stephen Abas (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Arif Abdullaev (Azerbaijan)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Serafim Barzakov (Bulgaria)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Bouvaisa Saitiev (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Cael Sanderson (USA)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Daniel Cormier (USA)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Artur Taymazov (Uzbekistan)

Men’s Greco-Roman champions

55 kg/121 lbs. – Dennis Hall (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Armen Nazarian (Bulgaria)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Manukar Kvirkelia (Georgia)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Filiberto Azcuy (Cuba)

84 kg/185 lbs. – Ara Abrahamian (Sweden)

96 kg/211.25 lbs. – Martin Lidberg (Sweden)

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Rulon Gardner (USA)

Women’s Freestyle champions

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Patricia Miranda (USA)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Saori Yoshida (Japan)

63 kg/138.75 lbs. – Kaori Icho (Japan)

72 kg/158.5 lbs. – Toccara Montgomery (USA)

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