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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, 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 Tevfik Kış
Silver: BUL Krali Bimbalov
Bronze: URS Givi K'art'ozia
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Summary

The last two World Champions had been Soviet wrestlers, but the Soviets moved [Givi K’art’ozia] up to this class in 1960. K’art’ozia was the 1956 middleweight gold medalist and had won three consecutive World Championships at that weight. Though he had not yet wrestled internationally as a light-heavy, he was considered a slight favorite, virtually by default. The event was very close with four wrestlers having 5 bad points after five rounds – K’art’ozia, Turk Tevfik Kış, Bulgarian Krali Bimbalov, and Hungarian Péter Piti. They met in round six with Bimbalov defeating Piti and Kış defeating K’art’ozia, both by decisions, which eliminated Piti and K’art’ozia. Kış and Bimbalov had met in round two, but that result was a draw, so the gold medal was decided based on bodyweight, with Kış winning the gold medal because he was lighter than Bimbalov. K’art’ozia won the bronze medal because he had defeated Piti in round six.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tevfik Kış 26 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Krali Bimbalov 25 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Givi K'art'ozia 31 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Péter Piti 25 Hungary HUN
5 Antero Vanhanen 25 Finland FIN
6 José Panizo 23 Spain ESP
7 Gheorghe Popovici 22 Romania ROU
8 Eugen Wiesberger, Jr. 26 Austria AUT
9 Herbert Albrecht 35 Germany GER
10 Maurice Jacquel 31 France FRA
11 Włodzimierz Smoliński 22 Poland POL
12T Kurt Rusterholz 33 Switzerland SUI
12T Antonio Cerroni 36 Italy ITA
12T Howard George 25 United States USA
15 Shunta Ishikura 23 Japan JPN
16 Rune Jansson 28 Sweden SWE
17 Julio Graffigna 29 Argentina ARG