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Men's Light-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: SWE Karl-Erik Nilsson
Silver: FIN Kelpo Gröndahl
Bronze: EGY Ibrahim Orabi


Soviet Konstantin Koberidze had won the 1947 European Championship, but could not compete at London, as the Soviet Union did not appear in the Olympics until the 1952 Helsinki Games. [Gyula Kovács] of Hungary had been second to Koberidze at the 1947 Europeans (also finishing second as a heavyweight at the 1939 Europeans) and was the only medalist competing in Helsinki, but he was eliminated in round five after losing to Egyptian [Ibrahim Orabi]. Orabi then lost to Sweden’s [Karl-Erik Nilsson] in round six, which eliminated him. Nilsson then won a unanimous decision over Finland’s [Kelpo Gröndahl] to win the gold medal, with Gröndahl taking silver, and Orabi bronze.

Gröndahl would return in four years and win the gold medal at Helsinki. Nilsson also competed again at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in this class each time. Kovács finished fourth, as he would at Helsinki in 1952, but he did win a silver medal at the 1950 World Championships. Orabi had competed at the 1936 Olympics, placing fifth in the middleweight Greco-Roman event. Fifth place in London went to Britain’s [Ken Richmond] who became a famous strongman in England, but was best known as the strongman who struck the gong at the beginning of films produced by J. Arthur Rank.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Karl-Erik Nilsson 26 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Kelpo Gröndahl 28 Finland FIN Silver
3 Ibrahim Orabi Egypt EGY Bronze
4 Gyula Kovács 30 Hungary HUN
5 Ken Richmond 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Erling Stuer Lauridsen 31 Denmark DEN
AC Peter Enzinger 32 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Karel Istaz 23 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Mustafa Avcioğlu-Çakmak 38 Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Umberto Silvestri 32 Italy ITA Withdrew r3/6 4
AC Adolfo Ramírez 26 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Athanasios Kambaflis Greece GRE Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Albin Dannacher Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Ibrahim Mahgoub Lebanon LIB Withdrew r2/6 3