Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.
The heavy favorite was Turkey’s [Mustafa Dağıstanlı], who was the 1956 Olympic gold medalist as a bantamweight and had won the featherweight World Championships in both 1957 and 1959. Dağıstanlı had a very long course to the title in 1960, having to wrestle seven matches, but he won all seven of them, decisioning Bulgarian [Stancho Ivanov] in the final round to win the gold medal as expected. Ivanov took silver, with the bronze going to Soviet Georgian [Vladimer Rubashvili].
Dağıstanlı retired after the 1960 Olympics, but with two Olympic titles and three World titles (1954, 1957, 1959) he is considered the most decorated Turkish wrestler ever, in a nation where the sport is revered. Ivanov would return to the 1964 Olympics and repeated as silver medalist in this class.
|3||Vladimer Rubashvili||19||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|7||Abe Geldenhuys||27||South Africa||RSA|
|8||Mohamed Khadem Khorasani||24||Iran||IRI|
|9||Louis Giani||26||United States||USA|
|10T||Ahmed Sayed Kasim||Iraq||IRQ|
|16T||Gang Jeong-Ho||21||South Korea||KOR|
|19T||Bert Aspen||26||Great Britain||GBR|
|21T||Mohammad Ibrahim Kederi||20||Afghanistan||AFG|