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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: USA Glen Brand
Silver: TUR Adil Candemir
Bronze: SWE Erik Lindén
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Four rounds were required to determine the finalists, but the real gold medal match took place in round four when American Glen Brand defeated Turkey’s Adil Candemir, winning by fall in 13:24. In the final round, Brand then had to face Sweden’s [Erik Lindén] and defeated him by unanimous decision to secure the gold medal, as Candemir received a final round bye. Candemir won the silver and Lindén bronze based on their bad point totals, but Candemir would return in 1949 and win the European Championship as a light-heavy.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Glen Brand 24 United States USA Gold
2 Adil Candemir Turkey TUR Silver
3 Erik Lindén 36 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Callie Reitz 21 South Africa RSA
5 Paavo Sepponen 24 Finland FIN
6 André Brunaud 33 France FRA
AC Paul Dätwyler 32 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r4/5 4
AC Maurice Vachon 18 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/5 5
AC Bruce Arthur 26 Australia AUS Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Eddie Bowey 22 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Jean-Baptiste Benoy 21 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Abbas Ahmad Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Anton Vogel 35 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Keshav Roy India IND Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Eduardo Assam 29 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Abbas Hariri Iran IRI Withdrew r2/5 2