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Wrestling at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 11, 1924
Date Finished: July 14, 1924
Format: Single-elimination tournament with separate single-elimination tournaments for second- and third-place. Second-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner. Third-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner or runner-up.

Gold: USA Russ Vis
Silver: FIN Volmar Wikström
Bronze: FIN Arvo Haavisto

Summary

Finland’s Volmar Wikström was the likely favorite, in an era in which there were few international competitions. He had competed at the 1912 Olympics, had won a 1914 European title (in Greco-Roman), and was runner-up at the 1921 European Championships, again in Greco-Roman. Nobody had heard of American Russ Vis, but he was part of the great US wrestlers from the Pacific Northwest who dominated freestyle at the 1924 Olympics. Vis won his first two matches by fall, and then decisioned his last two opponents, including Wikström in the final. Wikström came through the second-place tournament for the silver medal, defeating his teammate in the final match, Arvo Haavisto. This was the end of Wikström’s international career but Haavisto would move up in weight and win a gold medal in freestyle welterweight at the 1928 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Russ Vis 23 United States USA Gold
2 Volmar Wikström 34 Finland FIN Silver
3 Arvo Haavisto 24 Finland FIN Bronze
4 George Gardiner 23 Great Britain GBR
5T Étienne Jourdain France FRA
5T Émile Pouvroux France FRA
5T Alfred Praks 22 Estonia EST
5T Édouard Belet Switzerland SUI
9T Peter Eriksen 30 Denmark DEN
9T Walter Montgomery 28 Canada CAN
9T Herman Van Duyzen Belgium BEL
9T Auguste Corti Switzerland SUI
9T Perry Martter 23 United States USA
9T Riccardo Pizzocaro 23 Italy ITA
9T Osvald Käpp 19 Estonia EST
9T Ernest Bacon 30 Great Britain GBR