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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
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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