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posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:54 PM by Dennis Thomas   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:54 PM by Dennis Thomas ]

The London 2012 Wrestling competition consists of two disciplines – Greco-Roman, where athletes use their upper bodies and arms only, and Freestyle, where athletes can use any part of their bodies.

Date: Sunday 5 August – Sunday 12 August

Venue: ExCeL

Competitors: 344 (266 men, 72 women, 6 tbc)

Medal events: 11 Freestyle (seven for men, four for women); seven Greco-Roman (all men)

The basics

Wrestling is a body-to-body combat sport. The aim is to force the back of the opponent’s shoulders on to the ground.

Bouts take place on a mat and can last for a maximum of three periods of two minutes, with a 30-second break in between periods. Periods are decided by points, awarded for various throws and holds. A period is won by technical superiority by performing a grand amplitude hold (worth five points), scoring two holds worth three points, or gaining a six-point lead.

Competition format
Athletes compete in weight categories. For all events, there is a direct elimination system that eventually decides the two finalists for the gold medal match.

All wrestlers who lose against either finalist, at any stage of the competition up to and including the semi-finals, enter the repechage; the winners of the two repechage groups win bronze medals.

Did you know?
Greco-Roman Wrestling was featured at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, with Freestyle Wrestling introduced at St Louis 1904.

More information:
International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA)