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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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 Miklós Szilvásy
Silver: SWE Gösta Andersson
Bronze: LIB Khalil Taha

Summary

At the 1948 Olympics Sweden’s Gösta Andersson defeated Hungary’s [Miklós Szilvási] for the gold medal, and they were both back in Helsinki, Andersson having won a bronze medal at the 1950 World Championships, which were won by Finland’s Matti Simanainen, who never competed at the Olympics. Andersson and Szilvási made it to the medalist round in Helsinki, joined by Lebanon’s Khalil Taha. Taha lost both his medalist matches which brought the final bout down to the London gold and silver medalists, but this time Szilvási won by split decision to win gold. Szilvási would later add a silver medal at the 1953 World Championships in this class. This was Taja’s only major podium appearance but his medal was the second ever won by a Lebanese, after Zakaria Chihab in bantamweight Greco-Roman.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR/RE BP
1 Miklós Szilvásy 26 Hungary HUN Gold 2-0
2 Gösta Andersson 35 Sweden SWE Silver 1-1
3 Khalil Taha 20 Lebanon LIB Bronze 0-2
4 Semyon Marushkin 32 Soviet Union URS
5T René Chesneau 32 France FRA
5T Osvaldo Riva 24 Italy ITA
5T Marin Beluşica 23 Romania ROU
5T Ahmet Şenol Turkey TUR
AC Mohamed Ahmed Osman 32 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Anton Mackowiak 29 Germany GER Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Gottfried Anglberger 21 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Veikko Männikkö 30 Finland FIN Withdrew r3/6 3
AC Bela Čuzdi 25 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Jos De Jong 32 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Heng Freylinger 25 Luxembourg LUX Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Håkon Olsen 25 Norway NOR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Antoni Gołaś 32 Poland POL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Vladislav Sekal 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 6