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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 9, 1936
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 points; loss by 3-0 decision = 3 points; loss by fall = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler.

Gold: FIN Lauri Koskela
Silver: TCH Jozef Herda
Bronze: EST Voldemar Väli


[Lauri Koskela] of Finland had won the 1935 European Championships and was likely a slight favorite, although he would later come to dominate the class, winning gold in Berlin and the 1937-38 World Championships. His countryman [Aarne Reini] had won the 1933-34 Europeans, but competed as a featherweight in Berlin. [Abraham Kurland] was a Danish Jew who was runner-up at the 1934-35 Europeans, and the silver medalist at Los Angeles, but as a Jew, he refused to participate in Berlin. Without Reini and Kurland competing, Koskela had an easy run to the gold medal, winning six straight matches, and taking gold with a bye in the final round. Czechoslovak [Jozef Herda] won the silver medal by defeating Estonian [Voldemar Väli] in the final round. Väli had won the featherweight Greco-Roman gold medal at Amsterdam in 1928. Kurland actually returned to compete at the 1948 Olympics, but was by then well past his prime.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Lauri Koskela 29 Finland FIN Gold
2 Jozef Herda 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Voldemar Väli 33 Estonia EST Bronze
4 Herbert Olofsson 26 Sweden SWE
5 Alberto Molfino 30 Italy ITA
6 Arild Dahl 33 Norway NOR
AC Zbigniew Szajewski 22 Poland POL Eliminated r4/7 7
AC Filip Borlovan 26 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Aage Meyer 31 Denmark DEN Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Imam Hassan Ali 24 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Oskar Holinger 18 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Saim Arıkan 30 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Josef Grahsl 28 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Heini Nettesheim 20 Germany GER Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Sotirios Vatanidis Greece GRE Eliminated r2/7 5
AC József Kálmán 26 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Adolphe Osselaer 23 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Metty Scheitler 21 Luxembourg LUX Withdrew r2/7 3