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Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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 Gösta Andersson
Silver: HUN Miklós Szilvásy
Bronze: DEN Henrik Hansen


Turkey’s [Yaşar Doğu] was the 1947 European Champion in welterweight Greco-Roman, but he also won the 1946 title in freestyle, and elected to compete only in freestyle in London, which opened up this class. His replacement, [Ali Özdemir] lost his first-round match, and then withdrew, furthering confusing the drawsheet. After five rounds, only Sweden’s [Gösta Andersson] and Hungary’s [Miklós Szilvásy] were still unbeaten, and they met in the final round to decide the gold medal, Andersson winning on unanimous decision. Denmark’s [Henrik Hansen] was the only other survivor to the fifth round, where he lost to Szilvásy by a fall in 8:36, but this still brought the Dane a bronze medal. Andersson and Szilvásy returned in four years at Helsinki, this time Szilvásy winning gold and Andersson silver. Szilvásy was also runner-up at the 1953 World Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Gösta Andersson 31 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Miklós Szilvásy 22 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Henrik Hansen 28 Denmark DEN Bronze
4T Josef Schmidt Austria AUT
4T Veikko Männikkö 26 Finland FIN
4T René Chesneau 28 France FRA
AC Bjørn Cook 31 Norway NOR Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Luigi Rigamonti 28 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Nic Felgen 27 Luxembourg LUX Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Alberto Longarella 25 Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Julien Dobbelaere 27 Belgium BEL Withdrew r3/6 3
AC Johan Schouten 37 Netherlands NED Withdrew r3/6 3
AC Robert Diggelmann Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Kemal Munir Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/6 6
AC James Wilson Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Ali Özdemir Turkey TUR Withdrew r2/6 3