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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Basilica of Maxentius, Roma
Date Started: August 26, 1960
Date Finished: August 31, 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.

Gold: URS Oleg Karavayev
Silver: ROU Ion Cernea
Bronze: BUL Dinko Petrov


Soviet [Oleg Karavayev] was the 1958 World Champion and came in as the favorite, doing nothing to call that role into question. He won his first two matches by falls, then won two decisions, winning by fall again in round five. After round five he had only 2 bad points, and the only wrestler remaining, Romanian [Ion Cernea], had 5 bad points. They met in the final round with Karavayev winning the gold medal with a safe decision over Cernea. Karavayev would repeat as World Champion in 1961, again defeating Cernea in the final round. Cernea would compete again at Tokyo, winning a bronze medal in 1964, and he would win the 1965 World Championship. The bronze medal in Roma went to Bulgarian [Dinko Petrov], who had the fewest bad points of the eliminated wrestlers after round five.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oleg Karavayev 24 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Ion Cernea 23 Romania ROU Silver
3 Dinko Petrov 25 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Edvin Vesterby 32 Sweden SWE
5T Jiří Švec 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
5T Yaşar Yılmaz 30 Turkey TUR
7 Masamitsu Ichiguchi 20 Japan JPN
8 Bernard Knitter 22 Poland POL
9T Michel Nakouzi 28 Lebanon LIB
9T Gilberto Gramellini 29 Italy ITA
11 Imre Hódos 32 Hungary HUN
12 Stipan Dora 25 Yugoslavia YUG
13T Gilbert Dubier 28 France FRA
13T Loek Alflen 26 Netherlands NED
13T Ewald Tauer 19 Germany GER
13T Franz Brunner 29 Austria AUT
17T Richard Debrunner 22 Switzerland SUI
17T Reino Tuominen 25 Finland FIN
17T Kamel Ali El-Sayed 25 United Arab Republic UAR
17T Ali Bani Hashemi 26 Iran IRI
17T Mikhail Theodoropoulos Greece GRE
17T Orlando Gonçalves 22 Portugal POR
23T John Tveiten 26 Norway NOR
23T Aimé Verhoeven 24 Belgium BEL
25T Michel Ben Akoun 24 Morocco MAR
25T Larry Lauchle 20 United States USA
27 Santiago Cañete 21 Spain ESP
28 François Schlechter 27 Luxembourg LUX