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Wrestling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: USA Frank Lewis
Silver: SWE Thure Andersson
Bronze: CAN Joe Schleimer


None of the recent European Champions entered for this class, which made choosing a favorite difficult. German [Jean Földeak] was European Champion in 1931 and 1933-34, and had finished fourth in the class in 1932 but did not compete in 1936. After three rounds American [Frank Lewis] led with 0 bad points, having won all his matches by falls, but in round four he was thrown by Sweden’s [Thure Andersson]. The final round came down to Lewis, Andersson, and Canada’s [Joe Schleimer], with Lewis and Schleimer leading with only 3 bad points to Andersson’s 4. Lewis received a final-round bye and when Andersson threw Schleimer, Lewis had the gold medal under the arcane bad points system, despite losing to Andersson. Andersson won the silver and Schleimer bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Frank Lewis 23 United States USA Gold
2 Thure Andersson 29 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Joe Schleimer 27 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Jean Jourlin 31 France FRA
5 Willy Angst 22 Switzerland SUI
6 Sepp Paar 23 Germany GER
AC John O'Hara 22 Australia AUS Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Julien Beke 22 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Hüseyin Erçetin 24 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Jaakko Pietilä 23 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Kálmán Sóvári 25 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC William Fox 23 Great Britain GBR Withdrew r3/6 4
AC August Kukk 28 Estonia EST Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Rashid Anwar 26 India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Shoichi Masutomi 24 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Alois Samec 30 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r2/6 6