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.
The 1947 European Champion was Sweden’s Bertil Sundin but he did not compete in London. The class was closely contested with five wrestlers remaining after four rounds, all with between 2 to 4 bad points. Turkey’s [Kenan Olcay] benefited from a bye in round five to advance to the final round, where he met Italy’s [Pietro Lombardi], who had decisioned Sweden’s [Malte Möller] in the fifth round. Lombardi then defeated Olcay by split decision to win the gold medal, with Olcay taking silver. The bronze went to Finland’s [Reino Kangasmäki] based on his second round victory over Möller, although Kangasmäki had won two and lost two matches. Lombardi would compete at the 1952 Olympics without winning a medal, but won World Championship bronze medals as a bantamweight in 1950 and 1955.
|AC||Manuel Varela||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Mohamed Abdel-El||Egypt||EGY||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Edmond Faure||21||France||FRA||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Abdallah Sidani||Lebanon||LIB||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Svend Aage Thomsen||29||Denmark||DEN||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Walter McGuffie||31||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Adolphe Lamot||36||Belgium||BEL||Withdrew r2/6||3|