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.
Sweden’s Olle Anderberg came in as the favorite, having won the 1947 European Championship, and he would come to dominate this class, winning the 1950 and 1953 World Championships, but in round three Anderberg lost by fall in only 2:48 to Turk Mehmet Oktav. This did not eliminate Anderberg, however, and after five rounds, the final round came down to him, Oktav, and Hungarian Ferenc Tóth, runner-up at the 1934 and 1947 Europeans (to Anderberg in 1947), and twice a European freestyle champion before World War II. Anderberg defeated Tóth in the final in a long match, winning by fall at 15:30, and this eliminated Tóth, but Oktav’s third-round victory over Anderberg was decisive, giving the Turk the gold medal, as Anderberg won silver, and Tóth bronze.
|6T||El-Sayed Mohamed Kandil||Egypt||EGY|
|AC||Antoine Merle||27||France||FRA||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Antonios Gryllos||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Henk Dijk||27||Netherlands||NED||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Omar Blebel||26||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Jack Mortimer||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Raymond Strasser||17||Luxembourg||LUX||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Adolf Müller||34||Switzerland||SUI||DQ (overweight) r2/6||6|
|AC||Jan Stehlík||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Withdrew r2/6||2|