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Wrestling at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London; White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 22, 1908
Date Finished: July 22, 1908
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: FIN Verner Weckman
Silver: FIN Yrjö Saarela
Bronze: DEN Carl Jensen

Summary

This class brought together two recent champions. Verner Weckman (FIN) had been world heavyweight champion in 1905, and Carl Jensen (DEN) was the 1907 European heavyweight champion. In addition, Weckman had won the middleweight gold medal at the 1906 Olympics. Weckman barely escaped with his second gold medal, winning the final over Yrjö Saarela (FIN) by two falls to one, taking the deciding fall in 16:10.

Weckman was not able to see the Finnish flag raised at the awards ceremony, but only a placard bearing the name "Finland". This was because Finland was still a province of Russia and the Russian authorities refused to allow Finland to display its flag.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Verner Weckman 25 Finland FIN Gold
2 Yrjö Saarela 25 Finland FIN Silver
3 Carl Jensen 25 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Hugó Payr 19 Hungary HUN
5T Fritz Larsson 25 Sweden SWE
5T Jacob van Westrop 21 Netherlands NED
5T Marcel Dubois 21 Belgium BEL
5T Arthur Banbrook Great Britain GBR
9T Douwe Wijbrands 23 Netherlands NED
9T William West Great Britain GBR
9T Yevgeny Zamotin Russia RUS
9T Jussi Kivimäki 23 Finland FIN
9T Edward Nixson Great Britain GBR
9T Charles Brown Great Britain GBR
9T Leendert van Oosten 23 Netherlands NED
9T August Meesen Belgium BEL
17T Harald Christensen 24 Denmark DEN
17T Miroslav Šustera 30 Bohemia BOH
17T Henri Nielsen Denmark DEN
17T Harold Foskett Great Britain GBR
17T György Luntzer 21 Hungary HUN