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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, 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: TUR Hasan Gemici
Silver: JPN Yushu Kitano
Bronze: IRI Mahmoud Mollaghasemi

Summary

Turkey’s Ali Yücel had won the 1949 European and 1951 World Championship in this class but did not compete in London. However, his countryman Hasan Gemici made the finals despite no international experience. He was joined by Japan’s Yushu Kitano and Iranian Mahmoud Mollaghasemi. Kitano defeated Mollaghasemi by unanimous decision in the final round. Gemici had defeated Kitano in round five but Mollaghasemi had defeated Gemici in round four, thus giving all three finalists a record of 1-1 against each other. Gemici and Kitano ended with 5 bad points to Mollaghasemi, dropping the Iranian to the bronze medal. The gold medal went to Gemici based on his victory head-to-head against Kitano in round five. Mollaghasemi’s medal was the first ever for Iran at the Olympics in wrestling, which is their national sport.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR(BP)/RE BP
1 Hasan Gemici 25 Turkey TUR Gold 1-1 (5 bad points)
2 Yushu Kitano 22 Japan JPN Silver 1-1 (5 bad points)
3 Mahmoud Mollaghasemi 23 Iran IRI Bronze 1-1 (6 bad points)
4 Georgy Sayadov 20 Soviet Union URS
5 Heini Weber 28 Germany GER
6 Louis Baise 25 South Africa RSA
AC Giordano De Giorgi 33 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Hugh Peery 20 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Rodolfo Dávila 23 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Marcel Sigiran 25 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 4
AC Maurice Mewis 22 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Mohamed Abdel Hamid El-Ward 29 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Leslie Cheetham 26 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Niranjan Das India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Rolf Johansson 22 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Oiva Timonen 32 Finland FIN Withdrew r2/6 3