Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 2, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928
Format: Double-elimination tournament.
The defending champion, [Oskari Friman] of Finland, stopped competing internationally after the 1925 European Championships. The favorite in Amsterdam was likely German [Ede Sperling], the 1927 European Champion, but he was expected to be challenged by Hungarian [Lajos Keresztes], the silver medalist from Paris and the 1925 European Champion, and the 1926 European champion, Sweden's [Harald Pettersson]. Another contender was Estonian [Osvald KÃ¤pp], who three days before had won a gold medal in freestyle at this weight. KÃ¤pp and Petersson went out early, losing two matches and were eliminated by bad points. The title came down to a seventh-round match between Sperling and Keresztes which the Magyar won by decision for the gold medal, with Sperling taking silver. A bronze medal match was then held between Finland's [Edvard Westerlund], the 1924 middleweight Greco-Roman gold medalist, and Turkey's [Tayyar Yalaz], with Westerlund winning on points for his second Olympic medal. Sperling would return to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and win a bronze medal in this class, while Keresztes never again competed internationally.