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Bantamweight, Freestyle (≤56 kilograms), Men

Date30 July – 1 August 1928
LocationKrachtsportgebouw, Amsterdam
Participants8 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament with separate single-elimination tournaments for second- and third-place. Second-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner. Third-place tournament conducted among those losing to the winner or runner-up.

No international freestyle events had been contested since the 1924 Olympics so it was difficult to choose a favorite. There were only eight entrants. But the silver medalist from Paris was back, and Kaarlo Mäkinen (FIN) won the gold medal without much difficulty, defeating American Robert Hewitt in the final round match. But in the second-place tournament Belgium’s Edmond Spapen won two matches for the silver medal. Canada’s Jim Trifunov defeated Britain’s Harold Sansum for the bronze medal. Sansum was placed fourth, despite wrestling three times and losing all three matches.

1Kaarlo MäkinenFINGold
2Clement SpapenBELSilver
3Jim TrifunovCANBronze
4Bert SansumGBR
5Robert HewittUSA
6Amedée PiguetSUI
=7Arthur FordAUS
=7Michel RozanFRA

Round One (30 July 1928)

Match #1 Amedée PiguetSUI Arthur FordAUS
Match #2 Robert HewittUSA Michel RozanFRA
Match #3 Kaarlo MäkinenFIN Bert SansumGBR
Match #4 Clement SpapenBEL Jim TrifunovCAN

Semi-Finals (31 July 1928)

Match #1 Robert HewittUSA Amedée PiguetSUI
Match #2 Kaarlo MäkinenFIN Clement SpapenBEL

Final Round (1 August 1928)

Match #1 Kaarlo MäkinenFIN Robert HewittUSA

2nd-Place Tournament (1 August 1928)

Match #1 Bert SansumGBR Robert HewittUSA
Match #2 Clement SpapenBEL Bert SansumGBR

3rd-Place Tournament (1 August 1928)

Match #1 Jim TrifunovCAN Bert SansumGBR