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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: FRA Ã‰mile Poilvé
Silver: USA Dick Voliva
Bronze: TUR Ahmet Kireççi


Sweden’s [Ivar Johansson] was the defending champion and had won the 1934-35 European Championships, and should have been a heavy favorite, but he elected to compete in Berlin only in Greco-Roman, winning the middleweight gold medal in that event. With Johansson out, the event was completely open, and eventually was won by France’s [Émile Poilvé] who had never won a major international previously. Poilvé led after five rounds, with only American [Dick Voliva] remaining, but the Frenchman defeated Voliva by a fall in 10:25 to win the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Émile Poilvé 32 France FRA Gold
2 Dick Voliva 23 United States USA Silver
3 Ahmet Kireççi 21 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Ernst Krebs 21 Switzerland SUI
5 Jaroslav Sysel 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Kyösti Luukko 33 Finland FIN
AC János Riheczky 32 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Ercole Gallegati 24 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Leslie Jeffers 26 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Ludvig Lindblom 26 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Frans Van Hoorebeke 28 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Terry Evans 24 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Hans Schedler 32 Germany GER Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Karam Rasul 25 India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Jan van der Merwe 24 South Africa RSA Withdrew r2/6 3