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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, 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: URS Mirian Tsalkalamanidze
Silver: IRI Mohamed Ali Khojastehpour
Bronze: TUR Hüseyin Akbaş


Turkey’s [Hüseyin Akbaş] came in as the 1954 World Champion and a slight favorite. Japan’s [Yushu Kitano] had won silver at Helsinki in 1952, the 1954 Asian Games, and at the 1954 Worlds, but he did not compete in Melbourne. Akbaş made the final round, along with Soviet wrestler [Mirian Tsalkalamanidze], bronze medalist at the 1954 Worlds, and Iranian [Mohamed Ali Khojastehpour]. Akbaş lost by decision to Khojastehpour and was eliminated. The final match matched Tsalkalamanidze and Khojastehpour, with the Soviet wrestler winning by fall in 4:00 to secure the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Mirian Tsalkalamanidze 29 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Mohamed Ali Khojastehpour Iran IRI Silver
3 Hüseyin Akbaş Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Tadashi Asai 20 Japan JPN
5T André Zoete 25 France FRA
5T Dick Delgado 25 United States USA
AC Baban Daware India IND Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Abdul Aziz 21 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Lee Jeong-Gyu South Korea KOR Withdrew r3/6 3
AC Fred Flannery 32 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Luigi Chinazzo 24 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/6 6