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Men's Lightweight, 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: HUN Lajos Keresztes
Silver: GER Ede Sperling
Bronze: FIN Edvard Westerlund


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 Käpp], who three days before had won a gold medal in freestyle at this weight. Käpp 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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lajos Keresztes 28 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Ede Sperling 25 Germany GER Silver
3 Edvard Westerlund 27 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Tayyar Yalaz Turkey TUR
5 Vladimír Vávra 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Walter Massop 20 Netherlands NED
7T Ryszard Błażyca 32 Poland POL
7T Frits Janssens Belgium BEL
9T Einar Borges 28 Denmark DEN
9T Harald Pettersson 25 Sweden SWE
9T Karl Pedersen 26 Norway NOR
9T Osvald Käpp 23 Estonia EST
13T Adolphe Dumont Luxembourg LUX
13T Ernst Mumenthaler Switzerland SUI
13T Piero Postini 23 Italy ITA
13T Vasilios Pavlidis Greece GRE
13T Alberto Barbieri Argentina ARG
18T Paul Parisel France FRA
18T Miroslav Metzner-Fritz 24 Yugoslavia YUG