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|