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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 6, 1948
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 Kurt Pettersén
Silver: EGY Mahmoud Hassan
Bronze: TUR Halil Kaya


Egypt’s [Mahmoud Hassan] had won the 1947 European Championships and came in as the favorite. He led after rounds 3-5, and advanced to a final against Sweden’s [Kurt Pettersén], although Pettersén had lost his third-round match against Norway’s [Reidar Merli]. In the final round, Pettersén upset the Egyptian by unanimous decision to win the gold medal, with Hassan taking silver. Turkey’s [Halil Kaya] won bronze despite losing unanimous decisions in round three to Hungarian [Lajos Bencze] and to Hassan in round five.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Kurt Pettersén 32 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Mahmoud Hassan 28 Egypt EGY Silver
3 Halil Kaya Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Taisto Lempinen 33 Finland FIN
5 Elvidio Flamini 23 Argentina ARG
6T Lajos Bencze 29 Hungary HUN
6T Reidar Merli 31 Norway NOR
AC Ken Irvine 25 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Nikolaos Biris Greece GRE Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Kurt Elias 20 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Kolle Lejserowitz 25 Denmark DEN Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Jésus Arenzana 30 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Francesco Suppo 32 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/6 6