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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki; Exhibition Hall II, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 23, 1952
Format: Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss of any type = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler. When only three wrestlers remained, if they had not yet met one another, they wrestled further rounds. Medal placements were determined by the match record among the medalists, with bad points as a tie breaker. A wrestler in the medal rounds could continue with 5 or more bad points.

Gold: JPN Shohachi Ishii
Silver: URS Rəşid Məmmədbəyov
Bronze: IND Khashaba Jhadav


After winning the 1948 Olympics, the 1949 European, and the 1951 World Championships, Turkey’s [Nasuh Akar] should have been favored but he retired in early 1952 and did not compete in Helsinki. The final round came down to Japan’s [Shohachi Ishii], Soviet Azerbaijani [Rəşid Məmmədbəyov], and Indian [Khashaba Jhadav]. Məmmədbəyov had beaten Jhadav in round five so Ishii fought Jhadav in the first final match, winning by unanimous decision. Ishii then defeated Məmmədbəyov, also by unanimous decision, to win the gold medal, with the Soviet taking silver. Jhadav’s medal was the first individual Olympic medal ever won by an athlete from India.

Ishii was a top judoka but was forced to give up that sport after World War II when American occupation forces banned judo. He then switched to wrestling and became the first Japanese to win a gold medal after the war.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR/RE BP
1 Shohachi Ishii 25 Japan JPN Gold 2-0
2 Rəşid Məmmədbəyov 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 1-1
3 Khashaba Jhadav 25 India IND Bronze 0-2
4 Edvin Vesterby 24 Sweden SWE
5 Cemil Sarıbacak Turkey TUR
6 Lajos Bencze 33 Hungary HUN
AC Ferdinand Schmitz 32 Germany GER Eliminated r4/7 4
AC Eigil Johansen 36 Denmark DEN Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Mohamed Mehdi Yaghoubi 22 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Sayed Hafez Shehata 25 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Ken Irvine 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Bill Borders 22 United States USA Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Tauno Jaskari 18 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Omar Blebel 30 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Adrien Poliquin 23 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Oswaldo Johnston 22 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Leonardo Basurto 24 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Paul Hänni 24 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Joseph Trimpont 33 Belgium BEL Withdrew r2/7 2
AC Charles Kouyos 24 France FRA Withdrew r2/7 2