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Men's Heavyweight, 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: HUN Gyula Bóbis
Silver: SWE Bertil Antonsson
Bronze: AUS Jim Armstrong


There were only nine entrants in the men’s freestyle heavyweight event, and thus it required only four rounds to get to a final round match. Round four matched Australian [Jim Armstrong] against Turkey’s [Sadik Esen], with Armstrong winning by fall in 12:30, and Hungary’s [Gyula Bobís] defeating Sweden’s [Bertil Antonsson] by split decision. Bobís had been the bronze medalist in this class at the 1937 European Championships, while Antonsson was the 1946 European Champion. Bobís then met Armstrong for the gold medal, with the Hungarian winning by fall in 9:49.

Bobís did not retire, winning silver in Greco-Roman at the 1950 World Championships. Antonsson would repeat as silver medalist in this class in 1952 and also competed at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, with less success. He won the 1949 European and 1951 World Championships in this class. Armstrong would win the 1950 British Empire Games title in this class, and he also played cricket for Australia in an Ashes’ Test match against Great Britain in 1946.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Gyula Bóbis 38 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Bertil Antonsson 27 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Jim Armstrong 31 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Sadik Esen Turkey TUR
5T Abdul Ghasem Sahkdari Iran IRI
5T Josef Růžička 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC Dick Hutton 24 United States USA Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Fred Oberlander 37 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Willy Lardon Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/5 6