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.
Soviet Georgian [Giorgi Skhirtâladze] came in as the favorite, after winning bronze in this class at Melbourne in 1956, a silver at the 1957 World Championships, and winning the 1959 World title. After four rounds in Roma four wrestlers remained, led by American [Ed DeWitt] with only 3 bad points. He was joined by Skhirtâladze, Turkeyâs [Hasan GÃ¼ngÃ¶r], and Swede [Hans Antonsson], all with 4 bad points. GÃ¼ngÃ¶r then threw DeWitt in 5:06, and when Antonsson and Skhirtâladze drew, all but GÃ¼ngÃ¶r were eliminated on bad points, giving the gold medal to the Turk. Skhirtâladze won silver and Antonsson bronze.
GÃ¼ngÃ¶r would later win a silver medal in this class at the 1964 Olympics and win gold at the 1964 European Championships. Skhirtâladze never competed again.
|2||Giorgi Skhirt'ladze||27||Soviet Union||URS||Silver|
|4||Ed DeWitt||26||United States||USA|
|10||Fred Thomas||21||New Zealand||NZL|
|12T||Mohammad Asif Khokan||24||Afghanistan||AFG|
|17T||Alan Butts||20||Great Britain||GBR|