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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 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.

Gold: TUR Müzahir Sille
Silver: HUN Imre Polyák
Bronze: URS Konstantin Vyrupayev

Summary

Hungarian Imre Polyák was the favorite, having won a silver medal in the class at Helsinki in 1952 and Melbourne in 1956, and the World Championship in 1955 and 1958. Both of his World titles came over Turkey’s Müzahir Sille, who was also present in Roma. Another contender was Soviet Konstantin Vyrupayev, the bantamweight gold medalist in 1956. After five rounds, only Polyák and Sille remained, with Polyák having only 3 bad points to Sille’s 5. In the final round, however, Sille won a close decision to take the gold medal in an upset, leaving Polyák with his third consecutive silver medal. Vyrupayev and Italy’s Umberto Trippa were tied after five rounds with 6 bad points, but Vyrupayev had defeated Trippa by decision, which gave him the bronze medal.

Polyák was not done and would win the gold medal in this class at Tokyo in 1964, after winning the 1962 World Championship, defeating Vyrupayev in the final round. Sille moved to Germany in 1961 where he competed for KSV Witten 07, but he never competed internationally again.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Müzahir Sille 28 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Imre Polyák 28 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Konstantin Vyrupayev 29 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Umberto Trippa 29 Italy ITA
5 Mihai Şulţ 27 Romania ROU
6T Hossein Ebrahimian 27 Iran IRI
6T Vojtech Tóth 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 Lee Allen 25 United States USA
9 Moustafa Hamil Mansour 30 United Arab Republic UAR
10 Spas Penev 27 Bulgaria BUL
11T Elie Naasan 29 Lebanon LIB
11T Gottlieb Neumair 20 Germany GER
11T Roger Mannhard 28 France FRA
11T Hans Marte 25 Austria AUT
15 Rahal Mahassine 21 Morocco MAR
16 Leif Freij 17 Sweden SWE
17 Rudolf Pedersen 25 Denmark DEN
18 Rauno Mäkinen 29 Finland FIN
19T Joseph Schmid 25 Switzerland SUI
19T Kazimierz Macioch 28 Poland POL
21 Masatoshi Takahira 23 Japan JPN
22T José António Gregório 21 Portugal POR
22T Jean Schintgen 21 Luxembourg LUX
22T Don Cacas 30 Australia AUS
22T Vojislav Gološin 30 Yugoslavia YUG