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Wrestling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 30, 1928
Date Finished: August 1, 1928
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 Kaarlo Mäkinen
Silver: BEL Edmond Spapen
Bronze: CAN Jim Trifunov


No international freestyle events had been contested since the 1924 Olympics so it was difficult to choose a favorite. There were only eight entrants. But the silver medalist from Paris was back, and [Kaarlo Mäkinen] (FIN) won the gold medal without much difficulty, defeating American [Robert Hewitt] in the final round match. But in the second-place tournament Belgium’s [Edmond Spapen] won two matches for the silver medal. Canada’s [Jim Trifunov] defeated Britain’s [Harold Sansum] for the bronze medal. Sansum was placed fourth, despite wrestling three times and losing all three matches.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kaarlo Mäkinen 36 Finland FIN Gold
2 Edmond Spapen Belgium BEL Silver
3 Jim Trifunov 24 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Harold Sansum Great Britain GBR
5 Robert Hewitt 21 United States USA
6 Amedée Piguet Switzerland SUI
7T Arthur Ford Australia AUS
7T Michel Rozan France FRA