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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 3 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.

Gold: FIN Rauno Mäkinen
Silver: HUN Imre Polyák
Bronze: URS Roman Dzeneladze

Summary

Hungary’s Imre Polyák was favored, having won the 1955 World Championship, and a silver medal in this class at Helsinki. He made the final along with Finland’s [Raino Mäkinen] and Soviet Georgian Roman Dzeneladze, but he lost his first match in the final to Mäkinen. Polyák then defeated Dzeneladze which gave the gold medal to the Finn. All three finalists had four bad points in the final, and a 1-1 record, but the tiebreaker was total bad points, which placed Mäkinen first, Polyák second and Dzeneladze third.

Polyák would compete in 1960 at Roma, where he would win his third consecutive silver medal in this class. In 1964 he finally broke through and won a gold medal, also as a featherweight, which made him only the second wrestler, after Finland’s Eino Leino, to win four Olympic wrestling medals. Mäkinen also competed at the 1952 and 1960 Olympics, but this was his only medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Rauno Mäkinen 25 Finland FIN Gold
2 Imre Polyák 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Roman Dzeneladze 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Müzahir Sille 25 Turkey TUR
5 Gunnar Håkansson 30 Sweden SWE
6 Umberto Trippa 25 Italy ITA
AC Ion Popescu 27 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Roger Bielle 28 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Norman Ickeringill 33 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Alan Rice 28 United States USA Eliminated r2/6 6