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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, 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: IRI Gholam Reza Takhti
Silver: URS Boris Kulayev
Bronze: USA Pete Blair


As a middleweight, Iran’s [Gholam Reza Takhti] was silver medalist at the 1951 World Championships and the 1952 Olympics. He won gold in Melbourne, starting with four victories by falls, and then a fifth-round decision to move into the final round against Soviet [Boris Kulayev] and American [Pete Blair]. Takhti had won round five by decision over Kulayev, although Kulayev had defeated him earlier in the year at the World Cup. Blair then defeated Kulayev in round one of the final, and moved on to meet Takhti for the gold medal, with Blair losing by decision, moving Kulayev up to silver.

Takhti would become Iran’s greatest wrestling champion, achieving legendary status in their most popular sport. He won another Olympic silver medal in 1960 at Roma, and was World Champion in 1959 and 1961. Kulayev would also finish second at the 1957 World Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Gholam Reza Takhti 26 Iran IRI Gold
2 Boris Kulayev 27 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Pete Blair 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Gerry Martina 28 Ireland IRL
5T Adil Atan 27 Turkey TUR
5T Kevin Coote 24 Australia AUS
AC Viking Palm 33 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/7 6
AC Mitsuhiro Ohira Japan JPN Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Jan Theron 26 South Africa RSA Eliminated r3/7 7
AC Veikko Lahti 29 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/7 5
AC Bob Steckle 26 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 6
AC Spyros Defteraios Greece GRE Withdrew r2/7 3