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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: SWE Rudolf Svedberg
Silver: GER Fritz Schäfer
Bronze: FIN Eino Virtanen


Sweden’s [Rudolf Svedberg] was the 1935 European Champion, and won six straight matches to reach the final match against Germany’s [Fritz Schäfer]. This was a re-match of the 1935 European final, won by Svedberg, and he again defeated Schäfer to win the gold medal, but only by a 2-1 decision. Schäfer later won the Europeans in 1937-39, defeating Svedberg in the 1938 final, and also won the 1937 European title in freestyle. The bronze medal went to Finland’s [Eino Virtanen], who had won a silver medal at the 1931 Worker’s Olympiad and would later win the 1946 European middleweight title. His brother, [Lasse Virtanen], won bronze medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in track & field at the 1932 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Rudolf Svedberg 25 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Fritz Schäfer 23 Germany GER Silver
3 Eino Virtanen 27 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Edgar Puusepp 24 Estonia EST
5 Silvio Tozzi 28 Italy ITA
6 Nurettin Baytorun 28 Turkey TUR
AC Jean de Feu 25 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Adolf Rieder 21 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Karel Zvonař 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Antun Fischer 25 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Maxime Lubat 22 France FRA Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Dimitrios Zakharias Greece GRE Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Gyula Vincze 22 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Franz Hametner 35 Austria AUT Withdrew r2/7 3