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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: TUR Ahmet Kireççi
Silver: SWE Tor Nilsson
Bronze: ITA Guido Fantoni


The heavy favorite should have been the Estonian Soviet [Johannes Kotkas], who was the 1938-39 European Champion, representing Estonia, and won again in 1947 for the Soviet Union. Kotkas could not compete, however, as the Soviet Union did not enter the Olympics until 1952, and Estonia was no longer an independent nation, but he would return in 1952 and win the gold medal in this class at Helsinki. In Kotkas’ absence, the gold medal went to Turkey’s [Ahmet Kireççi], who had won a bronze medal in middleweight freestyle at the 1936 Olympics. Kireççi won the gold with a final round unanimous decision over Italy’s [Guido Fantoni], who took the bronze behind Sweden’s [Tor Nilsson]. Nilsson had lost to Kireççi by fall in 15:48 of the second round.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Ahmet Kireççi 33 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Tor Nilsson 29 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Guido Fantoni 29 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Taisto Kangasniemi 24 Finland FIN
5 József Tarányi 36 Hungary HUN
6 Moritz Inderbitzin 26 Switzerland SUI
AC Ernesto Noya Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Len Pidduck Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Josef Růžička 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Withdrew r2/5 0