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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 2 points; loss by 3-0 decision = 3 points; loss by fall = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler.

Gold: FIN Kustaa Pihlajamäki
Silver: USA Frank Millard
Bronze: SWE Gösta Jönsson-Frändfors


Finland's [Kustaa Pihlajamäki] came in as the favorite, having won the 1934-35 European Championships. He was 34-years-old in 1936, after winning a gold medal in 1924 as a bantamweight, and a silver medal in this class in 1928. His cousin, [Hermanni], was the defending champion from Los Angeles, but he fought as a lightweight in Berlin. Kustaa Pihlajamäki won his first four bouts by falls, and then met American [Frank Millard], defeating him by a unanimous decision. Pihlajamäki, Millard and Sweden's [Gösta Jonsson] advanced to the final round, where the Finn had a bye. Millard defeated Jonsson, which eliminated him and decided the medals, Pihlajamäki winning gold, Millard silver, and Jonsson bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Kustaa Pihlajamäki 34 Finland FIN Gold
2 Frank Millard 22 United States USA Silver
3 Gösta Jönsson-Frändfors 20 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Vern Pettigrew 28 Canada CAN
5 Ferenc Tóth 27 Hungary HUN
6 Mitsuo Mizutani 20 Japan JPN
AC Marco Gavelli 21 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Norman Morrell 24 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Nevil Hall 20 South Africa RSA Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Yaşar Erkan 25 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Hector Riské 26 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Jean Chasson 30 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Josef Böck 23 Germany GER Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Werner Spycher 19 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Karel Kváček 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 6