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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 9, 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: SWE Axel Cadier
Silver: LAT EdvÄ«ns Bietags
Bronze: EST August Neo


The two favorites were Sweden’s [Axel Cadier] and Latvian [Edvīns Bietags], who had won the European Championships in 1935 and 1934, respectively. After three rounds in Berlin they were well ahead on bad points, and maintained that in rounds four-five, winning by falls and byes, to move into a final match against each other. The final went to Cadier by unanimous decision, with Bietags taking the silver medal. Bronze went to Estonian [August Neo], who also won a silver medal in Berlin in light-heavyweight freestyle.

Fourth went to Herman [Werner Seelenbinder], who went out after round five, when he lost a decision to Cadier. Seelenbinder was a fervent anti-Nazi and considered not competing in Berlin, but was persuaded to do so. The Nazi authorities did not trust him, either, but allowed him to compete because they expected him to win a medal. He was a member of the German Communist party, and the underground Uhrig Group, and in February 1942 was arrested and placed in various prison camps for two years, before being executed by beheading in October 1944.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Axel Cadier 29 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Edvīns Bietags 28 Latvia LAT Silver
3 August Neo 28 Estonia EST Bronze
4 Werner Seelenbinder 32 Germany GER
5 Umberto Silvestri 20 Italy ITA
6 Olaf Knudsen 25 Norway NOR
AC Franz Foidl 29 Austria AUT Eliminated r4/6 6
AC Mustafa Avcioğlu-Çakmak 26 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Edvard Westerlund 35 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC František Mráček 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Jean Houdry 22 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Gyula Bóbis 26 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Georg Argast 36 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6