Wrestling at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle bantamweight

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Men's freestyle bantamweight
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
VenueEmpress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre
Dates29–31 July
Competitors15 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Nasuh Akar  Turkey
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gerald Leeman  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Charles Kouyos  France
← 1936
1952 →

The men's freestyle bantamweight competition at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London took place from 29 July to 31 July at the Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Nations were limited to one competitor.[1]

This freestyle wrestling competition continued to use the "bad points" elimination system introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman and at the 1932 Summer Olympics for freestyle wrestling, with the slight modification introduced in 1936. Each round featured all wrestlers pairing off and wrestling one bout (with one wrestler having a bye if there were an odd number). The loser received 3 points if the loss was by fall or unanimous decision and 2 points if the decision was 2-1 (this was the modification from prior years, where all losses were 3 points). The winner received 1 point if the win was by decision and 0 points if the win was by fall. At the end of each round, any wrestler with at least 5 points was eliminated.[2]

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Lajos Bencze  Hungary Decision, 2–1 Erkki Johansson  Finland
Erik Persson  Sweden Decision, 3–0 Walter Wenger  Switzerland
Charles Kouyos  France Decision, 3–0 Sayed Hafez Shehata  Egypt
Joseph Trimpont  Belgium Fall Fabio Santamaria  Cuba
Nasuh Akar  Turkey Fall Norman May  Canada
Ray Cazaux  Great Britain Decision, 3–0 Francisco Vicera  Philippines
Gerald Leeman  United States Fall Nirmal Bhose  India
Han Sang-ryong  South Korea Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Nasuh Akar  Turkey 0 0 0
1 Han Sang-ryong  South Korea 0 0 0
1 Gerald Leeman  United States 0 0 0
1 Joseph Trimpont  Belgium 0 0 0
5 Lajos Bencze  Hungary 0 1 1
5 Ray Cazaux  Great Britain 0 1 1
5 Charles Kouyos  France 0 1 1
5 Erik Persson  Sweden 0 1 1
9 Erkki Johansson  Finland 0 2 2
10 Nirmal Bhose  India 0 3 3
10 Sayed Hafez Shehata  Egypt 0 3 3
10 Norman May  Canada 0 3 3
10 Fabio Santamaria  Cuba 0 3 3
10 Francisco Vicera  Philippines 0 3 3
10 Walter Wenger  Switzerland 0 3 3

Round 2[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Erik Persson  Sweden Decision, 3–0 Han Sang-ryong  South Korea
Nasuh Akar  Turkey Decision, 3–0 Walter Wenger  Switzerland
Lajos Bencze  Hungary Decision, 3–0 Norman May  Canada
Erkki Johansson  Finland Decision, 2–1 Nirmal Bhose  India
Gerald Leeman  United States Fall Ray Cazaux  Great Britain
Charles Kouyos  France Fall Francisco Vicera  Philippines
Sayed Hafez Shehata  Egypt Fall Fabio Santamaria  Cuba
Joseph Trimpont  Belgium Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Gerald Leeman  United States 0 0 0
1 Joseph Trimpont  Belgium 0 0 0
3 Nasuh Akar  Turkey 0 1 1
3 Charles Kouyos  France 1 0 1
5 Lajos Bencze  Hungary 1 1 2
6 Erik Persson  Sweden 1 1 2
7 Sayed Hafez Shehata  Egypt 3 0 3
7 Han Sang-ryong  South Korea 0 3 3
7 Erkki Johansson  Finland 2 1 3
10 Ray Cazaux  Great Britain 1 3 4
11 Nirmal Bhose  India 3 2 5
12 Norman May  Canada 3 3 6
12 Fabio Santamaria  Cuba 3 3 6
12 Francisco Vicera  Philippines 3 3 6
12 Walter Wenger  Switzerland 3 3 6

Round 3[edit]

Hafez Shehata is officially listed as part of the tie for 5th place despite having 6 points to the other 5th place finishers' 5 points.[3]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Joseph Trimpont  Belgium Decision, 3–0 Han Sang-ryong  South Korea
Nasuh Akar  Turkey Decision, 3–0 Erik Persson  Sweden
Gerald Leeman  United States Decision, 3–0 Lajos Bencze  Hungary
Charles Kouyos  France Fall Erkki Johansson  Finland
Ray Cazaux  Great Britain Decision, 3–0 Sayed Hafez Shehata  Egypt
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Charles Kouyos  France 1 0 1
1 Gerald Leeman  United States 0 1 1
1 Joseph Trimpont  Belgium 0 1 1
4 Nasuh Akar  Turkey 1 1 2
5 Lajos Bencze  Hungary 2 3 5
5 Ray Cazaux  Great Britain 4 1 5
5 Erik Persson  Sweden 2 3 5
5 Sayed Hafez Shehata  Egypt 3 3 6
9 Han Sang-ryong  South Korea 3 3 6
9 Erkki Johansson  Finland 3 3 6

Round 4[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Nasuh Akar  Turkey Fall Joseph Trimpont  Belgium
Gerald Leeman  United States Decision, 3–0 Charles Kouyos  France
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Nasuh Akar  Turkey 2 0 2
1 Gerald Leeman  United States 1 1 2
3 Charles Kouyos  France 1 3 4
3 Joseph Trimpont  Belgium 1 3 4

Round 5[edit]

Kouyos took the bronze over Trimpont "based on more wins."[1] Both finished with 7 points and had not faced each other. Kouyos was 3–2 while Trimpont was only 2–2 after receiving a second-round bye.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Gerald Leeman  United States Decision, 3–0 Joseph Trimpont  Belgium
Nasuh Akar  Turkey Fall Charles Kouyos  France
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Nasuh Akar  Turkey 2 0 2
2 Gerald Leeman  United States 2 1 3
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Charles Kouyos  France 4 3 7
4 Joseph Trimpont  Belgium 4 3 7

Round 6[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Nasuh Akar  Turkey Fall Gerald Leeman  United States
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1st, gold medalist(s) Nasuh Akar  Turkey 2 0 2
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gerald Leeman  United States 2 3 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wrestling at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 496
  3. ^ Official Report, p. 506