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Wrestling at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 6, 1924
Date Finished: July 10, 1924
Format: Double-elimination tournament.

Gold: FIN Oskari Friman
Silver: HUN Lajos Keresztes
Bronze: FIN Kalle Westerlund

Summary

This event had been won in 1912 and 1920 by Finland's Emil Väre, but he retired from international competition after the Antwerp Olympics. In 1920 Oskari Friman (FIN) had won the gold medal in featherweight Greco-Roman, and was 1921 World Champion as a lightweight. One challenger not competing in this class was the 1922 World Champion, Edvard Westerlund. By 1924 he was a middleweight and won the gold medal in Paris in that class. Without Westerlund or Wäre, Friman had little trouble winning the gold medal, taking all his matches decisively, with a decision over Hungary's Lajos Keresztes in the final round. Keresztes won silver but would return in 1928 to win the gold medal in this event at Amsterdam. The bronze medal was won by Westerlund's brother, Kalle Westerlund, who did not possess nearly the international credentials of Edvard. In 1928 Edvard Westerlund would again return to the lightweight class and win a bronze medal at Amsterdam behind Keresztes.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oskari Friman 31 Finland FIN Gold
2 Lajos Keresztes 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Kalle Westerlund 26 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Albert Kusnets Estonia EST
5T František Kratochvíl 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Charles Frisenfeldt 34 Denmark DEN
5T Mihály Matura 24 Hungary HUN
5T Arne Gaupset 30 Norway NOR
9T Holger Askehave 23 Denmark DEN
9T Alfred Praks 22 Estonia EST
9T Rūdolfs Ronis 27 Latvia LAT
9T Ludwig Sesta Austria AUT
13T Leon Rękawek 19 Poland POL
13T Carl Coerse 31 Netherlands NED
13T Francisco Solé Spain ESP
13T Otto Borgström 29 Sweden SWE
13T Walter Ranghieri Italy ITA
13T Paul Parisel France FRA
13T Josef Beránek 32 Czechoslovakia TCH
20T Vasilios Pavlidis Greece GRE
20T Louis Christoffel Belgium BEL
20T Fuat Akbaş Turkey TUR
20T Ahmed Rahmy Egypt EGY
20T Roberto De Marchi 27 Italy ITA
20T Erling Michelsen 24 Norway NOR
20T Georges Metayer France FRA
20T Englebert Mollin Belgium BEL
20T Sidney Bergmann Austria AUT