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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 28, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
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: TUR Mustafa Dağıstanlı
Silver: IRI Mohamed Mehdi Yaghoubi
Bronze: URS Mykhailo Shakhov


Turkey’s [Mustafa Dağıstanlı] came in as the favorite after winning the 1954 World Championship. He did not disappoint, winning five straight matches, four by decision, to win the gold medal. He would return in 1960 and win another gold medal, then in the featherweight freestyle class, after winning featherweight World titles in 1957 and 1959. The final round had four wrestlers, including Iran’s [Mohamed Mehdi Yaghoubi]. Both Dağıstanlı and Yaghoubi won their final round matches, eliminating Soviet [Mykhailo Shakhov] and Korean [Lee Sang-Gyun]. This gave the gold medal to Dağıstanlı based on his split decision victory over Yaghoubi in round four.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Mustafa Dağıstanlı 25 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Mohamed Mehdi Yaghoubi 26 Iran IRI Silver
3 Mykhailo Shakhov 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Lee Sang-Gyun South Korea KOR
5 Minoru Iizuka 23 Japan JPN
6 Fred Kämmerer 22 Germany GER
AC Din Zahur 23 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Adolfo Díaz Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Tarashkeswar Pandey India IND Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Tauno Jaskari 22 Finland FIN Withdrew r3/5 4
AC Geoffrey Jameson 28 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Omer Vercouteren 26 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Ernesto Ramel 22 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/5 6
AC Lee Allen 21 United States USA Eliminated r2/5 6