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Wrestling at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 11, 1924
Date Finished: July 14, 1924
Format: Single-elimination tournament with separate single-elimination tournaments for second- and third-place. Second-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner. Third-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner or runner-up.

Gold: FIN Kustaa Pihlajamäki
Silver: FIN Kaarlo Mäkinen
Bronze: USA Bryan Hines


This was the first major international tournament for Finland’s [Kustaa Pihlajamäki], who would become one of the wrestling stars of the 1920s-30s. He eventually competed in four Olympics, through 1936, winning gold in this event, and as a featherweight, won a silver in 1928 and gold in 1936. Pihlajamäki won comfortably in Paris, winning one match by bye and three by decision. In the second-place tournament, Pihlajamäki’s teammate [Kaarlo Mäkinen] defeated American [Bryan Hines] for the silver medal, but Hines won bronze in the third-place tournament.

In addition to his Olympic medals, over the next 15 years Pihlajamäki would win nine European titles and 11 European medals. Mäkinen would return in Amsterdam and win this event when Pihlajamäki moved up in weight. Hines was the 1924 AAU Champion and was expected to contend for gold in Paris, but arrived overweight and had to cut so much weight that it left him weakened.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kustaa Pihlajamäki 22 Finland FIN Gold
2 Kaarlo Mäkinen 31 Finland FIN Silver
3 Bryan Hines 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Ragnar Larsson 22 Sweden SWE
5T Sonny Darby Great Britain GBR
5T Jacques Dillen Belgium BEL
5T Jules Bouquet 35 France FRA
5T Harold Sansum Great Britain GBR
9T Pietro Tordera Italy ITA
9T Gaston Ducayla 25 France FRA
9T Milton MacWilliam 21 United States USA
9T Jim Trifunov 20 Canada CAN