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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Light-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: USA Henry Wittenberg
Silver: SUI Fritz Stöckli
Bronze: SWE Bengt Fahlkvist


At the 1946 European Championships, Sweden’s [Bengt Fahlkvist] had defeated Switzerland’s [Fritz Stöckli] and the two were both in London for this class. After five rounds, they were unbeaten, but so was American [Henry Wittenberg]. In a round-robin final round, all three matches went to split decisions, but Wittenberg won both bouts to win the gold medal, with Stöckli defeating Fahlkvist for the silver medal. Stöckli would later compete in the 1952 Winter Olympics in bobsledding, placing fourth with the Swiss four-man bob. Fahlkvist returned to the 1952 Summer Olympics, wrestling that time in Greco-Roman as a heavyweight, where he tied for sixth. Wittenberg would win the US AAU title seven times and at Helsinki in 1952, won the silver medal in this class. He was also a two-time champion at the Maccabiah Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Henry Wittenberg 29 United States USA Gold
2 Fritz Stöckli 32 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Bengt Fahlkvist 26 Sweden SWE Bronze
4T Fernand Payette 26 Canada CAN
4T Muharrem Candaş Turkey TUR
6 Pat Morton 27 South Africa RSA
AC Karel Istaz 23 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/8 6
AC Johnny Sullivan Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/8 6
AC Spyros Defteraios Greece GRE Eliminated r3/8 6
AC Oscar Verona 24 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/8 6
AC József Tarányi 36 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/8 7
AC Mohamed Ragab El-Zaim Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/8 6
AC Pekka Mellavuo 34 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/8 6
AC Robert Landesmann 36 France FRA Eliminated r2/8 6
AC Mansour Mir Ghavami 21 Iran IRI Eliminated r2/8 6