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Men's Middleweight, 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 Axel Grönberg
Silver: TUR Muhlis Tayfur
Bronze: ITA Ercole Gallegati


Soviet wrestler Nikolay Byelov was the 1947 European Champion, but the Soviet Union did not compete at the 1948 Olympics. The silver and bronze medalists at the 1947 Europeans were Turkey’s [Muhlis Tayfur] and Sweden’s [Axel Grönberg]. Although there were only 13 competitors in the class, Grönberg and Tayfur went to the sixth round before they met for the gold medal, with Grönberg winning by unanimous decision. Grönberg would soon dominate the class, winning the 1950 and 1953 World Championship, and repeating as Olympic champion at Helsinki in 1952. Italy’s [Ercole Gallegati] was eliminated after the fifth round, but won the bronze medal on the bad point system. Gallegati had won a bronze medal in welterweight Greco-Roman at the 1932 Olympics, and also competed in 1936, and he would return to the Olympics again in 1952, placing sixth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Axel Grönberg 30 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Muhlis Tayfur Turkey TUR Silver
3 Ercole Gallegati 36 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Jean-Baptiste Benoy 21 Belgium BEL
5 Kaare Larsen 33 Norway NOR
6 Juho Kinnunen 38 Finland FIN
AC Gyula Németi 27 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/6 5
AC Anton Vogel 35 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Ernst Kolb Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Alberto Bolzi Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Abbas Ahmad Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Stan Bissell 41 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Klaas de Groot 29 Netherlands NED Eliminated r2/6 6