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.
At the 1959 World Championships Ali Aliyev of the Soviet Union had won the title, defeating Turkey’s Ahmet Bilek. Aliyev won his first three bouts in Rome, including a decision over Bilek in round three, but then lost to American Gray Simons and Iran’s Ibrahim Seifpour and was eliminated. Seifpour advanced to the final round with Bilek and Japan’s Masayuki Matsubara. However, Bilek had defeated Matsubara in round one and Seifpour in round six, giving him the gold medal. Matsubara won a decision over Seifpour in the final round to take the silver medal.
After the 1960 Olympics Bilek emigrated to Germany and became German champion in 1966 and 1968 but never again wrestled at the Olympics. Aliyev repeated as World Champion in 1961 and1962, and competed at Tokyo in 1964, placing fourth.
|5||Gray Simons||21||United States||USA|
|6||Ali Aliyev||22||Soviet Union||URS|
|7||Nikola Vasilev Dimitrov||20||Bulgaria||BUL|
|13T||Faiz Mohammad Khakshar||18||Afghanistan||AFG|