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Wrestling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 2, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928
Format: Double-elimination tournament.

Gold: EST Voldemar Väli
Silver: SWE Erik Malmberg
Bronze: ITA Gerolamo Quaglia

Summary

Estonia’s Voldemar Väli was the 1926 and 1927 European Champion in this class and was favored. Sweden’s Erik Malmberg had won a bronze medal in this class at Paris and was back. Väli was dominant, wrestling six times, and winning five matches by falls, including in the final round when he faced Malmberg and put him on his back to win the gold medal. The bronze went to Italy’s Gerolamo Quaglia, who won his first three matches by falls, but then lost to Malmberg by fall in the penultimate round and was eliminated.

Väli had a long, renowned career in Greco-Roman wrestling. He had competed at the 1924 Olympics and would compete again in 1936, winning a bronze medal as a lightweight. He appeared at the Europeans through 1938, winning two titles and four medals at that championship. Malmberg likewise had a long stretch at the top levels of European wrestling. He had won bronze at the 1921 World Championships, was later 1929-30 European Champion, and would four European medals in his career. In 1932 he also moved up to the lightweights and won the gold medal at Los Angeles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Voldemar Väli 25 Estonia EST Gold
2 Erik Malmberg 31 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Gerolamo Quaglia 26 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Károly Kárpáti 21 Hungary HUN
5 Ernst Steinig 28 Germany GER
6T Aage Meyer 23 Denmark DEN
6T Saim Arıkan 21 Turkey TUR
6T Aleksanteri Toivola 35 Finland FIN
9T Ali Kamel Egypt EGY
9T František Kratochvíl 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Jacques Dillen Belgium BEL
9T Ricardo Rey Argentina ARG
9T Benjamin Araújo Portugal POR
14T Ludwig Schlanger 23 Austria AUT
14T Martin Egeberg 31 Norway NOR
14T Leon Mazurek 22 Poland POL
14T Isidor Bieri Switzerland SUI
14T Roger Mollet 16 France FRA
14T Johannes Nolten, Jr. 19 Netherlands NED
20 Iso Milovančev Yugoslavia YUG