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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: July 29, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 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: TUR Gazanfer Bilge
Silver: SWE Ivar Sjölin
Bronze: SUI Adolf Müller


Turkey’s [Gazanfer Bilge] had won the 1946 European Championship and was favored but nobody expected him to completely dominate the class as he did. With 17 competitors six rounds were needed to get to the final round, and Bilge won his five matches by falls, before receiving a bye in round six. He then met Sweden’s [Ivar Sjölin] in the final round to decide the gold medal, with Bilge winning by unanimous decision. For his gold medal Bilge was rewarded by the Turkish government with a house and a cash bonus, which ended his amateur wrestling career.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Gazanfer Bilge 24 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Ivar Sjölin 29 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Adolf Müller 34 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4T Paavo Hietala 28 Finland FIN
4T Ferenc Tóth 39 Hungary HUN
6 Hal Moore 24 United States USA
AC Antoine Raeymaeckers 29 Belgium BEL Eliminated r4/7 6
AC Ibrahim Abdel Hamid Egypt EGY Eliminated r4/7 7
AC Arnold Parsons 21 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r4/7 7
AC José López 17 Cuba CUB Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Robert Jouaville France FRA Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Hassan Sadian Iran IRI Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Marco Gavelli 33 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Sarjarao Suryavanshi India IND Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Kim Kuk-Fan South Korea KOR Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Mario Crete Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Delmiro Bernal Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6