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.
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.
|5T||Nikolay Chuchalov||28||Soviet Union||URS|
|8||Russell Camilleri||23||United States||USA|
|15T||Hammou Haddaoui Khadir||23||Morocco||MAR|