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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: GER Wilfried Dietrich
Silver: TUR Hamit Kaplan
Bronze: URS Savkuz Dzarasov


Turkey’s [Hamit Kaplan] was the defending champion, had won silver at the 1957 Worlds, and won the World title in 1959. He was favored in Roma, but was expected to be challenged by Germany’s [Wilfried Dietrich], who won a silver medal at Melbourne in 1956 in Greco-Roman. They both made it to the final round, where they were joined by Soviet [Savkuz Dzarasov]. Dietrich led with only 1 bad point, but Kaplan had barely survived, with 5 bad points. Dietrich threw Dzarasov in 7:08 and when he and Kaplan drew in the final round, the gold medal went to Dietrich with Kaplan taking silver, after drawing with Dzarasov in round five.

Dietrich would compete in five Olympics (1956-72), and in eight Olympic wrestling tournaments, an Olympic record, competing in both styles in 1960, 1964, and 1972. He would eventually win five Olympic medals, an all-time best in Olympic wrestling through 2012. In 1960 he had already repeated as the silver medalist in Greco-Roman heavyweight. Kaplan would return in 1964 and win a bronze medal to complete his set of Olympic medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wilfried Dietrich 26 Germany GER Gold
2 Hamit Kaplan 25 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Savkuz Dzarasov 30 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Pietro Marascalchi 29 Italy ITA
5 Lyutvi Akhmedov 30 Bulgaria BUL
6 János Reznák 29 Hungary HUN
7 Bertil Antonsson 39 Sweden SWE
8 Bill Kerslake 30 United States USA
9 Ken Richmond 34 Great Britain GBR
10T Yaqub-Ali Shourvarzi 36 Iran IRI
10T Lucjan Sosnowski 26 Poland POL
12 Muhammad Nazir 30 Pakistan PAK
13 Ray Mitchell 39 Australia AUS
14 Nizam-ud-din Subhani 34 Afghanistan AFG
15T Max Widmer 26 Switzerland SUI
15T Max Ordman 34 South Africa RSA
15T Kaoru Ishiguro 27 Japan JPN