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Wrestling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 3, 1956
Date Finished: December 6, 1956
Format: Elimination by bad points. Win by fall = 0 points; win by decision = 1 point; loss by 2-1 decision = 3 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 Valentin Nikolayev
Silver: BUL Petko Sirakov
Bronze: SWE Karl-Erik Nilsson


Soviet wrestler [Valentin Nikolayev] was the 1955 World Champion and would win the gold medal in this class but he did not overwhelm anybody, winning four matches by decision. In early rounds he defeated both Bulgaria’s [Petko Sirakov] and Sweden’s [Karl-Erik Nilsson], who were the other finalists, which guaranteed Nikolayev the gold medal. Sirakov defeated Nilsson by unanimous decision in the final round to win the silver medal.

Nikolayev never wrestled internationally again but Sirakov won the 1957 World Championship in this class. Nilsson was competing in his third Olympics in light-heavyweight Greco-Roman, having won the 1948 gold medal and a bronze medal in 1952.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Valentin Nikolayev 32 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Petko Sirakov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Karl-Erik Nilsson 34 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Bob Steckle 26 Canada CAN
5 Dale Thomas 33 United States USA
6 Eugen Wiesberger, Jr. 22 Austria AUT
AC Veikko Lahti 29 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Adil Atan 27 Turkey TUR Withdrew r3/5 3
AC Victor Macha Australia AUS Eliminated r2/5 5
AC Gyula Kovács 39 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/5 5