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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: USA Terry McCann
Silver: BUL Nezhdet Zalev
Bronze: POL Tadeusz Trojanowski


Turkey’s [Hüseyin Akbaş] had won the World Championships in 1957 and 1959 and came in as the favorite, but he drew his first round match and then lost his next two matches, and was eliminated, placing only 14th. The final round competitors turned out to be Bulgaria’s [Nezhdet Zalev], Poland’s [Tadeusz Trojanowski], and American [Terry McCann], who had barely made it as the last qualifier. McCann, however, won two decisions over the other finalists to secure the gold medal, with Zalev’s fifth-round victory over Trojanowski bringing him the silver medal. McCann was a multiple AAU and NCAA Champion in the United States, but had no previous international record, and retired from competition after the 1960 Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Terry McCann 26 United States USA Gold
2 Nezhdet Zalev 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Tadeusz Trojanowski 27 Poland POL Bronze
4 Tadashi Asai 24 Japan JPN
5 Tauno Jaskari 26 Finland FIN
6 Mykhailo Shakhov 28 Soviet Union URS
7 Mohamed Mehdi Yaghoubi 30 Iran IRI
8 Luigi Chinazzo 28 Italy ITA
9 Fred Kämmerer 26 Germany GER
10T Eduardo Campbell 27 Panama PAN
10T Muhammad Siraj-Din 24 Pakistan PAK
10T Im Gwang-Jae 22 South Korea KOR
13 Dermot Dunne 16 Ireland IRL
14 Hüseyin Akbaş Turkey TUR
15 Edvin Vesterby 32 Sweden SWE
16T Geoffrey Jameson 32 Australia AUS
16T Paul Hänni 32 Switzerland SUI
16T Walter Pilling 25 Great Britain GBR
16T Vittorio Mancini 24 San Marino SMR