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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall I, Helsinki; Exhibition Hall II, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 23, 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 Davit Tsimak'uridze
Silver: IRI Gholam Reza Takhti
Bronze: HUN György Gurics


The Iranians were touting [Gholam Reza Takhti] and the Americans had [Dan Hodge], considered one of the strongest wrestlers in the world. Hodge lost by fall in round two to Soviet Georgian [David Tsimak’uridze] and then by a split decision in round three, and was eliminated. Tsimak’uridze and Takhti both made the final round, joined by Hungarian [György Gurics]. Tsimak’uridze advanced despite losing his first round match to Sweden’s [Bengt Lindblad]. Lindblad lost his second round match to Gurics and then was eliminated after round three on bad points, despite defeating Hodge. Tsimak’uridze had defeatd Gurics in round five so when he defeated Takhti in the final round, the gold medal was his. Takhti then defeated Gurics for the silver medal.

Takhti would have a distinguished Olympic career, which began in Helsinki. In 1956 he won freestyle gold as a light-heavyweight, and he added another silver medal in 1960 in light-heavyweight freestyle. He also competed at the 1964 Olympics, just missing the podium in fourth. Takhti was considered Iran’s greatest sporting hero of the 20th century, but he was politically active against the Iranian government under the Shah of Iran. He died in January 1968, with his death ruled by the state as a suicide, but many rumors persist that he was murdered because of activities against the government.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR/RE BP
1 Davit Tsimak'uridze 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 2-0
2 Gholam Reza Takhti 21 Iran IRI Silver 1-1
3 György Gurics 23 Hungary HUN Bronze 0-2
4 Gustav Gocke 33 Germany GER
5 Haydar Zafer Turkey TUR
6T Calie Reitz 25 South Africa RSA
6T León Genuth 20 Argentina ARG
AC Bengt Lindblad 26 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/7 4
AC Dan Hodge 20 United States USA Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Felix Neuhaus Switzerland SUI Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Mohamed Hussain 23 Egypt EGY Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Veikko Lahti 25 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/7 5
AC André Brunaud 37 France FRA Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Adalberto Lepri 22 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Eduardo Assam 32 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Pio Chirinos 22 Venezuela VEN Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Augustus Everaerts 23 Belgium BEL Withdrew r2/7 3