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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: TUR İsmet Atlı
Silver: IRI Gholam Reza Takhti
Bronze: URS Anatoly Albul

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 İsmet Atlı Turkey TUR Gold
2 Gholam Reza Takhti 29 Iran IRI Silver
3 Anatoly Albul 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Viking Palm 36 Sweden SWE
5 Dan Brand 25 United States USA
6 Manie van Zyl 31 South Africa RSA
7 Sajan Singh 28 India IND
8T Shunichi Kawano 23 Japan JPN
8T György Gurics 31 Hungary HUN
10T Antonio Marcucci 22 Italy ITA
10T César Ferreras 26 Venezuela VEN
12 Eugen Holzherr 31 Switzerland SUI
13T Bob Steckle 30 Canada CAN
13T Valcho Kostov 23 Bulgaria BUL
15T Maurice Jacquel 31 France FRA
15T Patrick Parsons 26 Australia AUS
15T Dieter Rauchbach 26 Germany GER
18 Ghulam Mohiddin Gunga 26 Afghanistan AFG
19 Gerry Martina 32 Ireland IRL