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.
Turkey’s [Yaşar Doğu] was the 1947 European Champion in welterweight Greco-Roman, but he also won the 1946 title in freestyle, and elected to compete only in freestyle in London, which opened up this class. His replacement, [Ali Özdemir] lost his first-round match, and then withdrew, furthering confusing the drawsheet. After five rounds, only Sweden’s [Gösta Andersson] and Hungary’s [Miklós Szilvásy] were still unbeaten, and they met in the final round to decide the gold medal, Andersson winning on unanimous decision. Denmark’s [Henrik Hansen] was the only other survivor to the fifth round, where he lost to Szilvásy by a fall in 8:36, but this still brought the Dane a bronze medal. Andersson and Szilvásy returned in four years at Helsinki, this time Szilvásy winning gold and Andersson silver. Szilvásy was also runner-up at the 1953 World Championships.
|AC||Bjørn Cook||31||Norway||NOR||Eliminated r3/6||5|
|AC||Luigi Rigamonti||28||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Nic Felgen||27||Luxembourg||LUX||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Alberto Longarella||25||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Julien Dobbelaere||27||Belgium||BEL||Withdrew r3/6||3|
|AC||Johan Schouten||37||Netherlands||NED||Withdrew r3/6||3|
|AC||Robert Diggelmann||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||5|
|AC||Kemal Munir||Egypt||EGY||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||James Wilson||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Ali Özdemir||Turkey||TUR||Withdrew r2/6||3|