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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: BUL Dimitar Dobrev
Silver: GER Lothar Metz
Bronze: ROU Ion Ţăranu


Soviet Georgian [Givi K’art’ozia] had won this class in 1956 and had won the last three World Championships, but in 1960 he moved up to the light-heavyweight division, in which he won a bronze medal. With K’art’ozia not present the middleweight competition was wide open with no clear favorite. Bulgaria’s [Dimitar Dobrev] led most of the rounds and was one of four survivors after five rounds. His biggest rival seemed to be Romanian [Ion Ţăranu], who led after round two and three, but Dobrev defeated him by decision in round five. In round six, Ţăranu drew with Germany’s [Lothar Metz], and Dobrev decisioned Turkey’s [Kazım Ayvaz], the 1958 World Champion as a welterweight. These results gave enough bad points to Ţăranu, Metz and Ayvaz that they were eliminated, giving Dobrev the gold medal, with Metz winning silver and Ţăranu bronze. Metz was not yet done at the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in this class in 1964 and the gold medal in 1968.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dimitar Dobrev 29 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Lothar Metz 21 Germany GER Silver
3 Ion Ţăranu 22 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Kazım Ayvaz 22 Turkey TUR
5T Bolesław Dubicki 25 Poland POL
5T Nikolay Chuchalov 28 Soviet Union URS
7 Yacoub Romanos 25 Lebanon LIB
8 Russell Camilleri 23 United States USA
9 Jiří Kormaník 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
10T Oddvar Barlie 31 Norway NOR
10T Pentti Punkari 22 Finland FIN
12T Leopold Israelsson 25 Sweden SWE
12T Albert Michiels 29 Belgium BEL
14 Mansour Hazrati 28 Iran IRI
15T Ronald Hunt 31 Australia AUS
15T Hammou Haddaoui Khadir 23 Morocco MAR
15T André Lamy 27 France FRA
15T Marciano Magnani 24 Italy ITA
15T Charles Berthoud 21 Switzerland SUI
20 Noboru Aomi 21 Japan JPN
21T Raymond Schummer 23 Luxembourg LUX
21T Helmut Längle 23 Austria AUT
21T Luís Caldas 33 Portugal POR
24 György Gurics 31 Hungary HUN