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.
|Silver:||Gholam Reza Takhti|
The heavy favorite was the defending champion, Iran’s Gholam Reza Takhti, who had also won the 1959 World Championships. Through five rounds, the result was not in doubt as Takhti won all five of his matches by falls. Only one competitor remained, Turkey’s İsmet Atlı, who had barely survived with 5 bad points, but in the final round, Atlı defeated Takhti by decision to win the gold medal in a major upset. A bronze medal match was necessary which was a draw between Soviet Anatoly Albul and Sweden’s Viking Palm, but Albul was awarded the bronze based on lower bodyweight.
Takhti would win the World Championships again in 1961 and won silver at the 1962 Worlds. He competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, placing fourth in this class. Atlı competed through 1962, winning a bronze medal at the Worlds in Greco-Roman, and then retired.
|2||Gholam Reza Takhti||29||Iran||IRI||Silver|
|3||Anatoly Albul||24||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|5||Dan Brand||25||United States||USA|
|6||Manie van Zyl||31||South Africa||RSA|
|18||Ghulam Mohiddin Gunga||26||Afghanistan||AFG|