Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 6, 1924
Date Finished: July 10, 1924
Format: Double-elimination tournament.
The favorites were probably Finland's Ernst Nilsson, the 1922 World Champion, Sweden's Claes Johanson, Olympic champion in 1912 as a middleweight and in 1920 as a light-heavy, and Finland's Edil Rosenqvist, World Champion in 1921-22 as a light-heavyweight. But in round one Nilsson and Rosenqvist were drawn against each other with Rosenqvist winning. In round two Johanson faced France's Henri Deglane, who was little known. After the 20-minute time limit Johanson was awarded the decision but the French team protested. The two wrestlers were ordered to wrestle an extra 6-minute period, after which Deglane was given the decision. Johanson was incensed and withdrew from the tournament. This allowed Deglane to go unbeaten to the final match where he faced Rosenqvist with Deglane winning another decision for the gold medal. After Paris, Deglane never again appeared in any international competition.