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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, 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: TUR Celal Atik
Silver: SWE Gösta Jönsson-Frändfors
Bronze: SUI Hermann Baumann


The 1946 European Champion was Turk [Celal Atik] who defeated Sweden’s [Gösta Frändfors] in the final match. The two likewise dominated the class in London, as both survived through five rounds to meet in the final round with the gold medal on the line, Atik winning by fall in 4:03. The bronze medal decider was unusual as a tie-break match was required, with Swiss [Hermann Baumann] defeating Italy’s [Garibaldo Nizzola] by unanimous decision. Atik would move up in weight and win the 1949 European and 1951 World Championships as a welterweight, but he never again competed at the Olympics. Frändfors had actually competed at the 1936 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in featherweight freestyle. He was also a silver medalist at the 1937 Europeans in this class, and won the 1947 World Championships in featherweight Greco-Roman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Celal Atik Turkey TUR Gold
2 Gösta Jönsson-Frändfors 32 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Hermann Baumann 27 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Garibaldo Nizzola 20 Italy ITA
5 Bill Koll 24 United States USA
6T Kim Seog-Yeong South Korea KOR
6T Sulo Leppänen 32 Finland FIN
AC László Bakos 28 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Ali Ghaffari Iran IRI Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Jan Cools 29 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Morgan Plumb Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Mohamed Moussa 26 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Tony Ries, Sr. 34 South Africa RSA Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Israel Sánchez 19 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Peter Luck 22 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Banta Singh India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Abou Rejaile Bechara Lebanon LIB Withdrew r2/6 3
AC José Luis Pérez Mexico MEX Withdrew r2/6 3