Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: July 29, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 1948
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.
After four rounds, only Turkey’s Nasuh Akar and American Gerry Leeman remained undefeated. They both won again in round five, eliminating France’s Charles Kouyos and Belgian Joseph Trimpont, respectively. This set up a final between Akar and Leeman, with the Turk winning by fall in 8:52 to capture the gold medal. Bronze went to Kouyos, based on more wins, as Trimpont and he tied on bad points, but Trimpont had a bye in round two. The 1946 European Champion, Hungarian Lajos Bencze, who had beaten Akar in the European final, lost to Leeman in round three and was eliminated, eventually tying for fifth. Akar won the 1949 European Championship and the 1951 World Championship in this class.
|2||Gerry Leeman||26||United States||USA||Silver|
|5T||Ray Cazaux||31||Great Britain||GBR|
|5T||Sayed Hafez Shehata||21||Egypt||EGY|
|AC||Erkki Johansson||30||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Han Sang-Ryong||South Korea||KOR||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Nirmal Bhose||India||IND||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Norman May||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Fabio Santamaria||23||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Francisco Vicera||24||Philippines||PHI||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Walter Wenger||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||6|