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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.

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