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|