Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 6, 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.
Egypt’s [Mahmoud Hassan] had won the 1947 European Championships and came in as the favorite. He led after rounds 3-5, and advanced to a final against Sweden’s [Kurt Pettersén], although Pettersén had lost his third-round match against Norway’s [Reidar Merli]. In the final round, Pettersén upset the Egyptian by unanimous decision to win the gold medal, with Hassan taking silver. Turkey’s [Halil Kaya] won bronze despite losing unanimous decisions in round three to Hungarian [Lajos Bencze] and to Hassan in round five.
|AC||Ken Irvine||25||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Nikolaos Biris||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Kurt Elias||20||Austria||AUT||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Kolle Lejserowitz||25||Denmark||DEN||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Jésus Arenzana||30||France||FRA||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Francesco Suppo||32||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r2/6||6|