Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 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:||Gholam Reza Takhti|
As a middleweight, Iran’s Gholam Reza Takhti was silver medalist at the 1951 World Championships and the 1952 Olympics. He won gold in Melbourne, starting with four victories by falls, and then a fifth-round decision to move into the final round against Soviet Boris Kulayev and American Pete Blair. Takhti had won round five by decision over Kulayev, although Kulayev had defeated him earlier in the year at the World Cup. Blair then defeated Kulayev in round one of the final, and moved on to meet Takhti for the gold medal, with Blair losing by decision, moving Kulayev up to silver.
Takhti would become Iran’s greatest wrestling champion, achieving legendary status in their most popular sport. He won another Olympic silver medal in 1960 at Roma, and was World Champion in 1959 and 1961. Kulayev would also finish second at the 1957 World Championships.
|1||Gholam Reza Takhti||26||Iran||IRI||Gold|
|2||Boris Kulayev||27||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|3||Pete Blair||24||United States||USA||Bronze|
|AC||Viking Palm||33||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r3/7||6|
|AC||Mitsuhiro Ohira||Japan||JPN||Eliminated r3/7||7|
|AC||Jan Theron||26||South Africa||RSA||Eliminated r3/7||7|
|AC||Veikko Lahti||29||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r2/7||5|
|AC||Bob Steckle||26||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/7||6|
|AC||Spyros Defteraios||Greece||GRE||Withdrew r2/7||3|