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Men's Lightweight, 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 Gustav Freij
Silver: NOR Aage Eriksen
Bronze: HUN Károly Ferencz


Sweden’s [Gösta Frändfors] was the 1947 European Champion but he elected to only compete in freestyle in London. He was replaced on the Swedish team by [Gustav Freij], who proved formidable, going undefeated through four rounds to make the final round, along with Norway’s [Aage Eriksen], Hungarian [Károly Ferencz], and Lebanese [Charif Damage]. Freij defeated Ferencz, and Eriksen defeated Damage, but as Eriksen had lost his first-round match against Ferencz, this gave Freij the gold medal, Eriksen taking silver. The bronze came down to an unusual tie-breaking match with Ferencz defeating Damage by a split decision. Freij would return in 1952 and win a silver medal in this class at Helsinki, also winning silver at the 1950 World Championships and gold at the 1953 Worlds. Eriksen also competed at Helsinki but failed to place.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Gustav Freij 26 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Aage Eriksen 31 Norway NOR Silver
3 Károly Ferencz 34 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Charif Damage Lebanon LIB
5 Johannes Munnikes 31 Netherlands NED
6T Eero Virtanen 32 Finland FIN
6T Georgios Petmezas 33 Greece GRE
6T Ahmet Şenol Turkey TUR
AC Abraham Kurland 36 Denmark DEN Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Giacomo Gesino 30 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Mohamed Osman 28 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Albert Falaux 27 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Luis Rosado Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Frans Rombaut 26 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Ray Myland 20 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Václav Tuhý Czechoslovakia TCH Withdrew r2/6 1
AC Alfred Jauch Switzerland SUI Withdrew r2/6 3