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Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: USA Bill Smith
Silver: SWE Per Berlin
Bronze: IRI Abdollah Mojtabavi


There was no consensus favorite in this class. Turkey's [Celal Atik] was the 1948 gold medalist as a lightweight, and won the 1949 Europeans and 1951 World Championships in this class, but he retired after the 1951 Worlds and was not in Helsinki. After four rounds, the finalists were determined, with American [Bill Smith], Swede [Per Berlin], and Iranian [Abdollah Mojtabavi] all still undefeated. None of the three had wrestled each other so a true round-robin final round ensued, which did little to straighten things out, as all three won one match and lost one, all by unanimous decisions. On total bad points, the gold medal went to the unheralded American Smith with Berlin taking silver, and Mojtabavi bronze. Of the three medalists, only Berlin ever won another major international medal, with a bronze at the 1956 Olympics in welterweight Greco-Roman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal MMR(BP)/RE BP
1 Bill Smith 23 United States USA Gold 1-1 (6 bad points)
2 Per Berlin 30 Sweden SWE Silver 1-1 (7 bad points)
3 Abdollah Mojtabavi 27 Iran IRI Bronze 1-1 (8 bad points)
4 Alberto Longarella 29 Argentina ARG
5T Vladislav Sekal 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Mohamed Moussa 30 Egypt EGY
5T Tsugio Yamazaki 22 Japan JPN
AC Aleksanteri Keisala 36 Finland FIN Eliminated r4/7 6
AC Mehmet Ali Islioğlu Turkey TUR Withdrew r4/7 4
AC Bev Scott 29 Australia AUS Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Anton Mackowiak 29 Germany GER Eliminated r3/7 5
AC Cyril Martin 23 South Africa RSA Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Jean-Baptiste Leclerc 32 France FRA Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Vasyl Rybalko 34 Soviet Union URS Eliminated r2/7 4
AC Nick Mohammed 26 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Jos De Jong 32 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Don Irvine 31 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Arvedo Cecchini 27 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Antonio Rosado 21 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Daniel Hauser Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/7 6