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.
The two favorites were Hungarian [KÃ¡roly KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti] and Finland's [Hermanni PihlajamÃ¤ki]. KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti had won the 1935 European Championship, with PihlajamÃ¤ki second, but PihlajamÃ¤ki had been Olympic Champion in 1932 as a featherweight. In the fourth round, KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti defeated PihlajamÃ¤ki by a fall at 9:20. They both advanced to round five, where KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti won a close decision (2-1) over German [Wolfgang Ehrl], which gave the Hungarian the gold medal. Ehrl then won the silver medal by defeating PihlajamÃ¤ki by fall in the final match.
David Wallechinsky in The Complete Book of the Olympics describes KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti's travails because of his Jewish faith. He was born Klein but changed his name to KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti to hide his religious ethnicity. Captured by the Germans, his fame prevented him initially from being sent to a concentration camp until 1943. But once there he resisted the Germans, even throwing a German officer off a bridge at the camp in Poland. After further resistance he was badly beaten. After the war, KÃ¡rpÃ¡ti changed his name back to Klein and became a well-known wrestling coach.
|6||Doc Strong||19||United States||USA|
|AC||Adalbert Toots||26||Estonia||EST||Eliminated r4/6||7|
|AC||Paride Romagnoli||27||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r4/6||7|
|AC||Howie Thomas||31||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||GÃ¶te Melin||26||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||SadÄ±k SoÄancÄ±||25||Turkey||TUR||Eliminated r3/6||6|
|AC||Aage Meyer||31||Denmark||DEN||Withdrew r3/6||3|
|AC||Dick Garrard||26||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Jean Lalemand||23||Belgium||BEL||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Arthur Thompson||24||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Gottfried Arn||23||Switzerland||SUI||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||VÃ¡clav Brdek||22||Czechoslovakia||TCH||Eliminated r2/6||6|