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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight, 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: SWE Axel Grönberg
Silver: FIN Kalervo Rauhala
Bronze: URS Nikolay Belov


Swede [Axel Grönberg] came in as the defending gold medalist, the 1950 World Champion, and the clear favorite. He had little difficulty defending his title, winning all five of his matches by unanimous decisions. In the medalist round he defeated Finland’s [Kalervo Rauhala] and Soviet [Nikolay Belov], who won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. One other favorite entering the event was Turkey’s [Ali Özdemir], runner-up to Grönberg at the 1950 Worlds, but Özdemir was eliminated after a loss in round three and placed fifth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR/RE BP
1 Axel Grönberg 34 Sweden SWE Gold 2-0
2 Kalervo Rauhala 21 Finland FIN Silver 1-1
3 Nikolay Belov 32 Soviet Union URS Bronze 0-2
4 Gyula Németi 31 Hungary HUN
5 Ali Özdemir Turkey TUR
6 Ercole Gallegati 40 Italy ITA
AC Émile Courtois 34 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Gustav Gocke 33 Germany GER Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Adel Ibrahim Moustafa 22 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Lars Bilet 25 Norway NOR Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Jerzy Gryt 30 Poland POL Eliminated r2/5 6