Might these 50,000 people be Iranian fans?
After Beijing (I believe) they changed the tiebreaker rules where one guy is on top in the first if its scoreless(red I think), blue is on top after the second if its scoreless, and then only in the third period if things are still scoreless do they go to a ball draw.
RIP Jacob Schlottke - 1984-2011
"If Cornell finishes ahead of Iowa with five all americans I'll jump into the Des Moines River after finals." -Herkey#1 8/16/12
In my mind the rules and the sport changed dramatically once they forced the par terre position if there was no scoring inthe first minute... if that was 2005 it blows my theory that the reason for the US decline is the inability to adapt to the new rules.
no need to repeat what others have said, to me it was a clear cheating from the very start of the match. they didn't even let him attack. according to IAWF, FILA banned those referees.
Winning 3+1 golds is a great result for a country like Iran without any tradition in this sport, obviously some can't tolerate it to see Iran in top of the medal table in Greco-Roman wrestling, but despite cheating Iran still topped the medal table.
One must be blind to even compare Abdevali's level to Guenot, Guenot did absolutely nothing in 4 minutes and still won the match 3-0 1-0.
There is no "official" team standings in the Olympic Games. If this were scored as FILA does the World Championships, Russia wins the team title. There is no scoring for teams in any official sense at the Games. Trying to make up "Olympic Scoring" to validate one country over another is childish.
I'd score this exactly like I would the worlds. The medal table is across all sports. Russia had more total medals, too.
I like Iran, their broadcasters here and at every Worlds are great people. I have much respect for Iranian wrestling and their coaches and competitors. I've spent a lot of time with them in the past 10 years. I'm looking at things from an unbiased perspective.
I think America's weakness is that they have weak groundwork. The other side of the coin is that Iran has very strong groundwork (even in freestyle) and this is the reason for the recent greco success. If America wants to improve they need to improve in the par terre position, which would probably mean changing the rules of folk style.
dartshark this is an unofficial team competition. In the olympics people consider this by gold medals. I think you're over thinking this. Even the BBC commentators were talking about this.