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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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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.

Gold: SWE Kurt Pettersén
Silver: EGY Mahmoud Hassan
Bronze: TUR Halil Kaya
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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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Kurt Pettersén 32 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Mahmoud Hassan 28 Egypt EGY Silver
3 Halil Kaya Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Taisto Lempinen 33 Finland FIN
5 Elvidio Flamini 23 Argentina ARG
6T Lajos Bencze 29 Hungary HUN
6T Reidar Merli 31 Norway NOR
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