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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, 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: FIN Lenni Viitala
Silver: TUR Halit Balamir
Bronze: SWE Thure Johansson


This was a new weight class to the Olympics, so picking a favorite was difficult. Finland’s [Lenni Viitala] had won the 1946 European Championship and he dominated the class in London, winning all five of his matches, defeating Sweden’s [Thure Johansson] by unanimous decision in the final round to win gold. The final round loss dropped Johansson down to the bronze medal, behind Turkey’s [Halit Balamir], who had lost a split decision to Viitala in the first round.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Lenni Viitala 26 Finland FIN Gold
2 Halit Balamir Turkey TUR Silver
3 Thure Johansson 35 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Mansour Raisi Iran IRI
5 Roland Baudric France FRA
6 Khashaba Jadhav 21 India IND
AC Billy Jernigan 24 United States USA Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Harry Parker Great Britain GBR Withdrew r3/5 3
AC Adolphe Lamot 36 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Bert Harris Australia AUS Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Mohamed Abdel Hamid El-Ward 25 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/5 6