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Wrestling at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 2, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928
Format: Double-elimination tournament.

Gold: SWE Rudolf Svensson
Silver: FIN Hjalmar Nyström
Bronze: GER Georg Gehring


Three wrestlers were considered the leading contenders\: Hungarian [Rajmund Badó] was a bronze medalist in this class at Paris and had won the 1927 European Championship, and had been runner-up in 1925; German [Georg Gehring] was the 1926 European Champion; and Sweden’s [Rudolf Svensson] was the 1925 European Champion and at Paris in 1924 had won silver medals as a light-heavyweight in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Badó lost his second- and fourth-round matches and was eliminated early. Svensson and Gehring met in the fifth-round with Svensson winning by fall, which gave him the gold medal. Gehring then wrestled [Hjalmar Nyström] for the silver medal, with the Finn winning by decision, Gehring taking the bronze medal.

All the medalists continued to compete for the next few years. At Los Angeles in 1932, Svensson dropped back to light-heavyweight and won a second Olympic gold. He also won the 1933 European Championship as a light-heavy and won silver medals at the Europeans as a heavyweight in 1929 and 1934. Nyström also kept competing, winning an Olympic bronze medal in 1936 in heavyweight freestyle, and would win four European medals from 1930-35, but never made the top step of the podium. Gehring competed at both the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, with no medals, but he won another European title in 1929 and won bronze medals at that tournament in 1930-31.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rudolf Svensson 29 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Hjalmar Nyström 24 Finland FIN Silver
3 Georg Gehring 24 Germany GER Bronze
4 Eugen Wiesberger, Sr. 28 Austria AUT
5 Josef Urban 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Rajmund Badó 25 Hungary HUN
7T Mehmet Çoban 23 Turkey TUR
7T Aleardo Donati 24 Italy ITA
9T Alberts Zvejnieks 25 Latvia LAT
9T Jacob Simonis 37 Netherlands NED
11T Gustave Colpaert Belgium BEL
11T S. de Lanfranchi France FRA
11T Emil Larsen 40 Denmark DEN
11T Jorge Briola Argentina ARG
11T Ibrahim Sobh Egypt EGY