Greco-Roman Wrestling at the Olympic Games
Wrestling has had a long association with the Olympic Games. Wrestling was an event at the ancient Olympic Games. The organizers of the first Olympic Games in 1896 included Greco-Roman wrestling, a style they believed to be an exact carryover from the wrestling styles used in ancient times. Since the first Games, Greco-Roman wrestling has been included in every Olympic program, with the exception of the 1900 Summer Olympics.
In 1904, the Olympic Games added the second wrestling event, freestyle wrestling. The Greco-Roman Wrestling events are for men only. Women's freestyle wresting was added in 2004.
Current Greco-Roman Weight Classes
- Greco-Roman bantamweight
- Greco-Roman lightweight
- Greco-Roman welterweight
- Greco-Roman middleweight
- Greco-Roman heavyweight
- Greco-Roman super heavyweight
previous Weight Classes
- Greco-Roman open (1896)
- Greco-Roman light flyweight (1972-1996)
- Greco-Roman flyweight (1948-2000)
- Greco-Roman light heavyweight (1908-1996)
- In the 1908 final in middleweight Greco-Roman wrestling between Frithiof Martensson and Mauritz Andersson, the competition was postponed one day to allow Martensson to recover from a minor injury. Martensson won.
- A semi-final in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1912 between Russian Martin Klein and Finland's Alfred Asikainen took 11 hours. The winner Klein was too exhausted to compete in the final.
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