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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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 Hasan Güngör
Silver: URS Giorgi Skhirt'ladze
Bronze: SWE Hans Antonsson

Summary

Soviet Georgian [Giorgi Skhirt’ladze] came in as the favorite, after winning bronze in this class at Melbourne in 1956, a silver at the 1957 World Championships, and winning the 1959 World title. After four rounds in Roma four wrestlers remained, led by American Ed DeWitt with only 3 bad points. He was joined by Skhirt’ladze, Turkey’s Hasan Güngör, and Swede Hans Antonsson, all with 4 bad points. Güngör then threw DeWitt in 5:06, and when Antonsson and Skhirt’ladze drew, all but Güngör were eliminated on bad points, giving the gold medal to the Turk. Skhirt’ladze won silver and Antonsson bronze.

Güngör would later win a silver medal in this class at the 1964 Olympics and win gold at the 1964 European Championships. Skhirt’ladze never competed again.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hasan Güngör 26 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Giorgi Skhirt'ladze 27 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Hans Antonsson 25 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Ed DeWitt 26 United States USA
5T Prodan Gardzhev 24 Bulgaria BUL
5T Géza Hollósi 22 Hungary HUN
5T Madho Singh 31 India IND
8 Takashi Nagai 23 Japan JPN
9 Georg Utz 25 Germany GER
10 Fred Thomas 21 New Zealand NZL
11 Muhammad Faiz 22 Pakistan PAK
12T Viljo Punkari 25 Finland FIN
12T Mansour Mahdizadeh 22 Iran IRI
12T Mohammad Asif Khokan 24 Afghanistan AFG
15T Julio Graffigna 29 Argentina ARG
15T Germano Caraffini 24 Italy ITA
17T Alan Butts 20 Great Britain GBR
17T Henri Mottier 24 Switzerland SUI
17T Ronald Hunt 31 Australia AUS