Wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle light heavyweight

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Men's freestyle light heavyweight
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
VenueMessuhalli
Dates20–23 July
Competitors13 from 13 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Viking Palm  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s) Henry Wittenberg  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Adil Atan  Turkey
← 1948
1956 →

The men's freestyle light heavyweight competition at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki took place from 20 July to 23 July at Messuhalli. Nations were limited to one competitor.[1]

Competition format[edit]

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, removing the slight modification introduced in 1936 and used until 1948 (which had a reduced penalty for a loss by 2–1 decision). 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. 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. This elimination continued until the medal rounds, which began when 3 wrestlers remained. These 3 wrestlers each faced each other in a round-robin medal round (with earlier results counting, if any had wrestled another before); record within the medal round determined medals, with bad points breaking ties.[2][1]

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Viking Palm  Sweden Decision, 3–0 Kevin Coote  Australia
Henry Wittenberg  United States Fall Rodolfo Padron  Venezuela
Willy Lardon  Switzerland Fall Bob Steckle  Canada
Jan Theron  South Africa Decision, 2–1 Shrirang Jadhav  India
August Englas  Soviet Union Decision, 3–0 Adil Atan  Turkey
Max Leichter  Germany Decision, 3–0 Paavo Sepponen  Finland
Abbas Zandi  Iran Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Willy Lardon  Switzerland 0 0 0
1 Henry Wittenberg  United States 0 0 0
1 Abbas Zandi  Iran 0 0 0
4 August Englas  Soviet Union 0 1 1
4 Max Leichter  Germany 0 1 1
4 Viking Palm  Sweden 0 1 1
4 Jan Theron  South Africa 0 1 1
8 Adil Atan  Turkey 0 3 3
8 Kevin Coote  Australia 0 3 3
8 Shrirang Jadhav  India 0 3 3
8 Rodolfo Padron  Venezuela 0 3 3
8 Paavo Sepponen  Finland 0 3 3
8 Bob Steckle  Canada 0 3 3

Round 2[edit]

Lardon withdrew after his bout.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Abbas Zandi  Iran Decision, 3–0 Kevin Coote  Australia
Viking Palm  Sweden Fall Rodolfo Padron  Venezuela
Henry Wittenberg  United States Fall Willy Lardon  Switzerland
Jan Theron  South Africa Decision, 3–0 Bob Steckle  Canada
August Englas  Soviet Union Fall Shrirang Jadhav  India
Adil Atan  Turkey Fall Max Leichter  Germany
Paavo Sepponen  Finland Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Henry Wittenberg  United States 0 0 0
2 August Englas  Soviet Union 1 0 1
2 Viking Palm  Sweden 1 0 1
2 Abbas Zandi  Iran 0 1 1
5 Jan Theron  South Africa 1 1 2
6 Adil Atan  Turkey 3 0 3
6 Paavo Sepponen  Finland 3 0 3
8 Max Leichter  Germany 1 3 4
9 Willy Lardon  Switzerland 0 3 3*
10 Kevin Coote  Australia 3 3 6
10 Shrirang Jadhav  India 3 3 6
10 Rodolfo Padron  Venezuela 3 3 6
10 Bob Steckle  Canada 3 3 6

Round 3[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Abbas Zandi  Iran Decision, 3–0 Paavo Sepponen  Finland
Viking Palm  Sweden Decision, 3–0 Henry Wittenberg  United States
Adil Atan  Turkey Fall Jan Theron  South Africa
August Englas  Soviet Union Fall Max Leichter  Germany
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 August Englas  Soviet Union 1 0 1
2 Viking Palm  Sweden 1 1 2
2 Abbas Zandi  Iran 1 1 2
4 Adil Atan  Turkey 3 0 3
4 Henry Wittenberg  United States 0 3 3
6 Jan Theron  South Africa 2 3 5
7 Paavo Sepponen  Finland 3 3 6
8 Max Leichter  Germany 4 3 7

Round 4[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Viking Palm  Sweden Decision, 2–1 Abbas Zandi  Iran
Henry Wittenberg  United States Decision, 3–0 August Englas  Soviet Union
Adil Atan  Turkey Bye N/A N/A
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Adil Atan  Turkey 3 0 3
1 Viking Palm  Sweden 2 1 3
3 August Englas  Soviet Union 1 3 4
4 Henry Wittenberg  United States 3 1 4
5 Abbas Zandi  Iran 2 3 5

Round 5[edit]

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Henry Wittenberg  United States Fall Adil Atan  Turkey
Viking Palm  Sweden Decision, 2–1 August Englas  Soviet Union
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Start Earned Total
1 Viking Palm  Sweden 3 1 4
1 Henry Wittenberg  United States 4 0 4
3 Adil Atan  Turkey 3 3 6
4 August Englas  Soviet Union 4 3 7

Medal rounds[edit]

Palm's victory over Wittenberg in round 3 and Wittenberg's victory over Atan in round 5 counted for the medal round. The only bout left for the round therefore was Palm against Atan, with Wittenberg a spectator—who had to hope for an Atan victory to create a three-way tie at 1–1 which Wittenberg would win on bad points to take gold. Palm was able to defeat Atan in a split decision, however, and the Swede thereby won the gold medal, having beaten both of the other medalists.

Bouts
Winner Nation Victory Type Loser Nation
Viking Palm  Sweden Decision, 2–1 Adil Atan  Turkey
Points
Rank Wrestler Nation Wins Losses Start Earned Total
1st, gold medalist(s) Viking Palm  Sweden 2 0 4 1 5
2nd, silver medalist(s) Henry Wittenberg  United States 1 1 4 0 4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Adil Atan  Turkey 0 2 6 3 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's freestyle light heavyweight". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 362.