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Wrestling at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: SUI Hermann Gehri
Silver: FIN Eino Leino
Bronze: SUI Otto Müller

Summary

Finland's Eino Leino had won a gold medal in freestyle middleweight at the 1920 Olympics but had now dropped down to welterweight and was favored. But in the semi-finals Leino was decisioned by Swiss Hermann Gehri, who had no international credentials. Gehri then defeated American Guy Lookabaugh for the gold medal. Leino went into the second-place Bergvall tournament, defeating Lookabaugh in the first match, and then decisioning another unknown American, William Johnson, to win the silver medal. Otto Müller, a Swiss teammate of Gehri's, had lost his first-round match to Lookabaugh, but in the third-place tournament defeated Johnson in the final match to take the bronze medal. This was the only international tournament known for Müller but Gehri came back in 1930 to win a European Championship.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hermann Gehri 24 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Eino Leino 33 Finland FIN Silver
3 Otto Müller 24 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 William Johnson 23 United States USA
5T Donald Stockton 20 Canada CAN
5T James Davis Great Britain GBR
7T Guy Lookabaugh 27 United States USA
7T Frits Janssens Belgium BEL
7T Hyacinthe Roosen Belgium BEL
10 G. Fichu France FRA
11 Edgar Bacon 36 Great Britain GBR
12T Fridolf Lundsten 39 Finland FIN
12T Marcel Dupraz France FRA