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.
Soviet Georgian [Givi Kâartâozia] had won this class in 1956 and had won the last three World Championships, but in 1960 he moved up to the light-heavyweight division, in which he won a bronze medal. With Kâartâozia not present the middleweight competition was wide open with no clear favorite. Bulgariaâs [Dimitar Dobrev] led most of the rounds and was one of four survivors after five rounds. His biggest rival seemed to be Romanian [Ion Å¢Äranu], who led after round two and three, but Dobrev defeated him by decision in round five. In round six, Å¢Äranu drew with Germanyâs [Lothar Metz], and Dobrev decisioned Turkeyâs [KazÄ±m Ayvaz], the 1958 World Champion as a welterweight. These results gave enough bad points to Å¢Äranu, Metz and Ayvaz that they were eliminated, giving Dobrev the gold medal, with Metz winning silver and Å¢Äranu bronze. Metz was not yet done at the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in this class in 1964 and the gold medal in 1968.
|5T||Nikolay Chuchalov||28||Soviet Union||URS|
|8||Russell Camilleri||23||United States||USA|
|15T||Hammou Haddaoui Khadir||23||Morocco||MAR|