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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: TUR Yaşar Doğu
Silver: AUS Dick Garrard
Bronze: USA Lee Merrill


Turkey’s [Yaşar Doğu] came in as 1946 European Champion and the 1947 European Champion in Greco-Roman, but he only competed in freestyle in London. He won four matches by falls and then defeated American [Lee Merrill] by unanimous decision. This advanced him to a final match against Australian [Dick Garrard], which Doğu won by fall in 6:45 to clinch gold. Garrard won the silver with Merrill getting the bronze medal. Garrard was an Australian wrestling legend, having competed at the 1936 Olympics, and eventually winning three gold medals in the British Empire Games – in 1934, 1938, and 1950. He also competed at the 1952 Olympics, but this was his only Olympic medal. Doğu later won the 1949 European Championship in this class and was 1951 World Champion in the light-heavyweight class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Yaşar Doğu Turkey TUR Gold
2 Dick Garrard 37 Australia AUS Silver
3 Lee Merrill 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Jean-Baptiste Leclerc 28 France FRA
5 Kálmán Sóvári 37 Hungary HUN
6 Frans Westergren 34 Sweden SWE
AC Harry Peace Canada CAN Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Abbas Zandi 18 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Hwang Byeong-Gwan South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Willy Angst 34 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Adel Ibrahim Moustafa 18 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Anant Bhargava India IND Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Don Irvine 27 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Eduardo Estrada Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Louis Culot 33 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Aleksanteri Keisala 32 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/7 6