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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: FIN Lenni Viitala
Silver: TUR Halit Balamir
Bronze: SWE Thure Johansson
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This was a new weight class to the Olympics, so picking a favorite was difficult. Finland’s Lenni Viitala had won the 1946 European Championship and he dominated the class in London, winning all five of his matches, defeating Sweden’s Thure Johansson by unanimous decision in the final round to win gold. The final round loss dropped Johansson down to the bronze medal, behind Turkey’s Halit Balamir, who had lost a split decision to Viitala in the first round.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Lenni Viitala 26 Finland FIN Gold
2 Halit Balamir Turkey TUR Silver
3 Thure Johansson 35 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Mansour Raisi Iran IRI
5 Pierre Baudric France FRA
6 Khashaba Jhadav 21 India IND
AC Billy Jernigan 24 United States USA Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Harry Parker Great Britain GBR Withdrew r3/5 3
AC Adolphe Lamot 36 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Bert Harris Australia AUS Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Mohamed Abdel Hamid El-Ward 25 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/5 6