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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, Greco-Roman

Wrestling at the 1948 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


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: ITA Pietro Lombardi
Silver: TUR Kenan Olcay
Bronze: FIN Reino Kangasmäki


The 1947 European Champion was Sweden’s Bertil Sundin but he did not compete in London. The class was closely contested with five wrestlers remaining after four rounds, all with between 2 to 4 bad points. Turkey’s [Kenan Olcay] benefited from a bye in round five to advance to the final round, where he met Italy’s [Pietro Lombardi], who had decisioned Sweden’s [Malte Möller] in the fifth round. Lombardi then defeated Olcay by split decision to win the gold medal, with Olcay taking silver. The bronze went to Finland’s [Reino Kangasmäki] based on his second round victory over Möller, although Kangasmäki had won two and lost two matches. Lombardi would compete at the 1952 Olympics without winning a medal, but won World Championship bronze medals as a bantamweight in 1950 and 1955.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Pietro Lombardi 26 Italy ITA Gold
2 Kenan Olcay Turkey TUR Silver
3 Reino Kangasmäki 32 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Malte Möller 34 Sweden SWE
5 Gyula Szilágyi Hungary HUN
6 Frithjof Clausen 32 Norway NOR
AC Manuel Varela Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Mohamed Abdel-El Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Edmond Faure 21 France FRA Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Abdallah Sidani Lebanon LIB Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Svend Aage Thomsen 29 Denmark DEN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Walter McGuffie 31 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Adolphe Lamot 36 Belgium BEL Withdrew r2/6 3