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Wrestling at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: TUR Mithat Bayrak
Silver: GER Günter Maritschnigg
Bronze: FRA René Schiermeyer


The defending champion was Turkey’s [Mithat Bayrak] who had not competed at the 1958 World Championships, which were won by his teammate, [Kazım Ayvaz]. Bayrak was chosen to represent Turkey at the 1960 Olympics in welterweight, with Ayvaz moving up to middleweight. After six rounds three finalists remained, all with 5 bad points – Bayrak, German [Günter Maritschnigg], and France’s [René Schiermeyer]. None of the three had met previously so three final round matches took place, with Bayrak defeating Maritschnigg by fall and Schiermeyer by decision to repeat as gold medalist. Maritschnigg won the silver based on a decision victory over Schiermeyer.

Bayrak emigrated to Germany in 1961 and wrestled for KSV Witten 07 for almost 20 years, but never competed internationally again. Maritschnigg competed at the 1961 World Championships without winning a medal and then retired, also settling in Witten. Schiermeyer competed in this class at the 1964 Olympics, where he finished in a tie for seventh.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mithat Bayrak 31 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Günter Maritschnigg 26 Germany GER Silver
3 René Schiermeyer 21 France FRA Bronze
4 Stevan Horvat 27 Yugoslavia YUG
5 Hryhoriy Hamarnik 31 Soviet Union URS
6 Matti Laakso 21 Finland FIN
7 Antal Rizmayer 20 Hungary HUN
8 Hans-Jörg Hirschbühl 23 Switzerland SUI
9T Kiril Petkov 27 Bulgaria BUL
9T Bjarne Ansbøl 23 Denmark DEN
11 Bertil Nyström 25 Sweden SWE
12T Franco Benedetti 27 Italy ITA
12T Ben Ali United Arab Republic UAR
12T Franz Berger 20 Austria AUT
15T Harald Barlie 23 Norway NOR
15T Sachihiko Takeda 23 Japan JPN
15T Valeriu Bularcă 29 Romania ROU
15T Sam Azoulay Morocco MAR
19 Robert Clark 20 Australia AUS
20T Ángel Cuetos 24 Spain ESP
20T Karel Oomen 27 Belgium BEL
20T Fritz Fivian 30 United States USA
20T Bernard Philippe 23 Luxembourg LUX
24 Juan Rolón 30 Argentina ARG
25T Hicham Ido 27 Lebanon LIB
25T Edward Żuławnik 27 Poland POL
27 Ab Rosbag 20 Netherlands NED