Event Format: The competition was a single elimination tournament with a special repechage tournament for the bronze medal. Athletes competed in preliminary rounds, quarterfinals, semifinals and final. The winner of the final was the Gold Medal winner and the loser of the final was awarded the silver medal. Athletes who were eliminated of the two finalists participated in the repechage tournament. The winners of the two final repechage matches were awarded bronze medals.
Event facts: Men's Freestyle lightweight competition was held at the ExCel and 17 athletes participated in the event.