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|