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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Format: Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss of any type = 3 points. Three judges gave decisions, thus all decisions were either 2-1 or 3-0. Five bad points eliminated a wrestler. When only three wrestlers remained, if they had not yet met one another, they wrestled further rounds. Medal placements were determined by the match record among the medalists, with bad points as a tie breaker. A wrestler in the medal rounds could continue with 5 or more bad points.

Gold: URS Yakiv Punkin
Silver: HUN Imre Polyák
Bronze: EGY Abdel Aal Rashid


[Olle Anderberg] of Sweden had won the silver medal in this class at London and was the 1950 World Champion, but he elected to compete in Helsinki in freestyle, winning the lightweight gold medal in that event. He would again win this class at the 1953 World Championships, and without him the 1952 featherweight tournament was wide-open. The medalist round came down to Soviet [Yakiv Punkin], Hungary’s [Imre Polyák], and Egyptian [Abdel Ahmed Al-Rashid]. Punkin made quick work of his opponents to win the gold medal with victories over both by falls. Polyák had already defeated Al-Rashid by split decision in round four, which brought him the silver medal. This event was a few years too early for Polyák who would go on to win the World title in 1955, 1958, and 1962. For Punkin and Al-Rashid, this was their only podium appearance at a major international event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR/RE BP
1 Yakiv Punkin 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 2-0
2 Imre Polyák 20 Hungary HUN Silver 1-1
3 Abdel Aal Rashid 24 Egypt EGY Bronze 0-2
4 Umberto Trippa 21 Italy ITA
5 Bartl Brötzner 24 Austria AUT
6 Hasan Bozbey Turkey TUR
AC Safi Taha 28 Lebanon LIB Withdrew r4/6 3
AC Erkki Talosela 31 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Ernest Gondzik 21 Poland POL Eliminated r3/6 5
AC Rolf Ellerbrock 19 Germany GER Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Gunnar HÃ¥kansson 25 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Bela Torma 22 Yugoslavia YUG Withdrew r3/6 4
AC Dagfin Huseby 29 Norway NOR Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Francisc Horvath 23 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 5
AC Lucien Claes 29 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Antoine Merle 31 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Marco Antonio Girón 25 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/6 6