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 withdraw, 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|