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Wrestling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, 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: EGY Ibrahim Moustafa
Silver: GER Adolf Rieger
Bronze: FIN Onni Pellinen

Summary

Sweden’s Carl Westergren was the favorite. He was the defending champion, had also won a gold medal in 1920 as a middleweight, and was the 1925 European Champion. But in round one he was drawn against Finn Onni Pellinen, the bronze medalist from Paris, and Pellinen defeated him by decision. Westergren, irate over the decision, then withdrew from the event in anger, leaving the medal race wide-open. Pellinen continued to win until the fifth round when he faced Egyptian Ibrahim Moustafa, who won on points. That advanced Moustafa to a match against German Adolf Rieger for the gold and silver medal, with Moustafa again winning by decision for the title. Pellinen was left with another bronze medal, and in 1932 at Los Angeles, he would win a third consecutive medal in this class, moving up to silver. Neither Moustafa nor Rieger were ever heard from him again in international wrestling. Westergren was not finished, as in 1932 he became the first Olympic wrestler to win three gold medals, that time winning as a heavyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ibrahim Moustafa 24 Egypt EGY Gold
2 Adolf Rieger 28 Germany GER Silver
3 Onni Pellinen 29 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Nicolas Appels Belgium BEL
5T Ejnar Hansen 29 Denmark DEN
5T Imre Szalay Hungary HUN
7 Otto Pohla 29 Estonia EST
8T Robert Gaupset 22 Norway NOR
8T Johan Heijm 23 Netherlands NED
8T Kārlis Pētersons Latvia LAT
8T Josef Vávra Czechoslovakia TCH
8T Émile Clody France FRA
8T Jan Gałuszka 24 Poland POL
14T Max Studer Switzerland SUI
14T A. Şefik Turkey TUR
14T Bela Juhasz Yugoslavia YUG
17 Carl Westergren 32 Sweden SWE