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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, 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: TUR Mustafa Dağıstanlı
Silver: BUL Stancho Ivanov
Bronze: URS Vladimer Rubashvili


The heavy favorite was Turkey’s [Mustafa Dağıstanlı], who was the 1956 Olympic gold medalist as a bantamweight and had won the featherweight World Championships in both 1957 and 1959. Dağıstanlı had a very long course to the title in 1960, having to wrestle seven matches, but he won all seven of them, decisioning Bulgarian [Stancho Ivanov] in the final round to win the gold medal as expected. Ivanov took silver, with the bronze going to Soviet Georgian [Vladimer Rubashvili].

Dağıstanlı retired after the 1960 Olympics, but with two Olympic titles and three World titles (1954, 1957, 1959) he is considered the most decorated Turkish wrestler ever, in a nation where the sport is revered. Ivanov would return to the 1964 Olympics and repeated as silver medalist in this class.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mustafa Dağıstanlı 28 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Stancho Ivanov 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Vladimer Rubashvili 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Tamiji Sato 20 Japan JPN
5 Jef Mewis 29 Belgium BEL
6 Muhammad Akhtar 29 Pakistan PAK
7 Abe Geldenhuys 27 South Africa RSA
8 Mohamed Khadem Khorasani 24 Iran IRI
9 Louis Giani 26 United States USA
10T Ahmed Sayed Kasim Iraq IRQ
10T Georges Ballery 23 France FRA
12T Jan Żurawski 28 Poland POL
12T Roberto Vallejo 25 Mexico MEX
12T József Kellermann 23 Hungary HUN
15 Erkki Penttilä 28 Finland FIN
16T Gang Jeong-Ho 21 South Korea KOR
16T Hans Marte 25 Austria AUT
18 Stefanos Ioannidis 27 Greece GRE
19T Bert Aspen 26 Great Britain GBR
19T Christian Luschnig 21 Germany GER
21T Angelo Gelsomini 28 Italy ITA
21T Mohammad Ibrahim Kederi 20 Afghanistan AFG
23 Ernst Meinhard 35 Switzerland SUI
24 Samuel Parker 28 Australia AUS
25 Sunder Shiam 30 India IND