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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 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: HUN Imre Hódos
Silver: LIB Zakaria Chihab
Bronze: URS Artyom Teryan

Summary

Of the medalists at the 1950 World Championships, only bronze winner Pietro Lombardi of Italy competed in this event in Helsinki, but he went out after the third round, eliminated on bad points. Round five was decisive as Hungarian Imre Hódos defeated Lebanon’s Zakaria Chihab. Those two and Soviet Armenian / Azerbaijani Artyom Teryan went to the medalist round, with all three posting records of 1-1 against each other. This brought bad points into effect, with Hódos and Chihab tying and Hódos’ match victory over Chihab giving him the gold medal. Chihab’s silver was the first Olympic medal won by Lebanon in any sport. At the 1953 World Championships, Teryan would defeat Hódos to win the title, with Hódos taking silver, as Chihab placed sixth at that tournament.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR(BP)/RE BP
1 Imre Hódos 24 Hungary HUN Gold 1-1 (8 bad points)
2 Zakaria Chihab 26 Lebanon LIB Silver 1-1 (8 bad points)
3 Artyom Teryan 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1-1 (9 bad points)
4 Hubert Persson 34 Sweden SWE
5 Reidar Merli 35 Norway NOR
6 Ferdinand Schmitz 32 Germany GER
AC Ion Popescu 23 Romania ROU Eliminated r4/7 7
AC Arvo Kyllönen 19 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Pietro Lombardi 30 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Norbert Kohler 22 Saar SAA Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Kemal Demirsüren Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Leo Cortsen 22 Denmark DEN Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Maurice Faure 25 France FRA Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Osvaldo Johnston 22 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Rudolf Toboła 25 Poland POL Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Mahmoud Hassan 32 Egypt EGY Withdrew r2/7 3
AC Sotirios Panagiotopoulos 22 Greece GRE Withdrew r2/7 3