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Featherweight, Greco-Roman (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date2 – 5 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationKrachtsportgebouw, Amsterdam
Participants20 from 20 countries
FormatDouble-elimination tournament.

Estonia’s Voldemar Väli was the 1926 and 1927 European Champion in this class and was favored. Sweden’s Erik Malmberg had won a bronze medal in this class at Paris and was back. Väli was dominant, wrestling six times, and winning five matches by falls, including in the final round when he faced Malmberg and put him on his back to win the gold medal. The bronze went to Italy’s Gerolamo Quaglia, who won his first three matches by falls, but then lost to Malmberg by fall in the penultimate round and was eliminated.

Väli had a long, renowned career in Greco-Roman wrestling. He had competed at the 1924 Olympics and would compete again in 1936, winning a bronze medal as a lightweight. He appeared at the Europeans through 1938, winning two titles and four medals at that championship. Malmberg likewise had a long stretch at the top levels of European wrestling. He had won bronze at the 1921 World Championships, was later 1929-30 European Champion, and would four European medals in his career. In 1932 he also moved up to the lightweights and won the gold medal at Los Angeles.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Voldemar VäliESTGold
2Erik MalmbergSWESilver
3Gerolamo QuagliaITABronze
4Károly KárpátiHUN
5Ernst SteinigGER
=6Aage MeyerDEN
=6Saim ArıkanTUR
=6Aleksanteri ToivolaFIN
=9Ali KamelEGY
=9František KratochvílTCH
=9Jacques DillenBEL
=9Ricardo ReyARG
=9Benjamin AraújoPOR
=14Ludwig SchlangerAUT
=14Martin EgebergNOR
=14Leon MazurekPOL
=14Isidor BieriSUI
=14Roger MolletFRA
=14Johannes Nolten, Jr.NED
20Iso MilovančevYUG

Round One (2 August 1928)

Match #1 Saim ArıkanTUR
fall
Iso MilovančevYUG
Match #2 Károly KárpátiHUN
fall
Ali KamelEGY
Match #3 Voldemar VäliEST
decision
Ludwig SchlangerAUT
Match #4 František KratochvílTCH
decision
Martin EgebergNOR
Match #5 Jacques DillenBEL
decision
Aage MeyerDEN
Match #6 Ernst SteinigGER
fall
Leon MazurekPOL
Match #7 Ricardo ReyARG
fall
Isidor BieriSUI
Match #8 Erik MalmbergSWE
fall
Roger MolletFRA
Match #9 Aleksanteri ToivolaFIN
fall
Johannes Nolten, Jr.NED
Match #10 Gerolamo QuagliaITA
fall
Benjamin AraújoPOR

Round Two (3 August 1928)

Match #1 Ali KamelEGY
fall
Saim ArıkanTUR
Match #2 Károly KárpátiHUN
fall
Ludwig SchlangerAUT
Match #3 Voldemar VäliEST
fall
František KratochvílTCH
Match #4 Jacques DillenBEL
decision
Martin EgebergNOR
Match #5 Aage MeyerDEN
fall
Leon MazurekPOL
Match #6 Ernst SteinigGER
fall
Ricardo ReyARG
Match #7 Erik MalmbergSWE
fall
Isidor BieriSUI
Match #8 Aleksanteri ToivolaFIN
fall
Roger MolletFRA
Match #9 Gerolamo QuagliaITA
fall
Johannes Nolten, Jr.NED
Match #10 Benjamin AraújoPOR bye

Round Three (3 August 1928)

Match #1 Saim ArıkanTUR
fall
Benjamin AraújoPOR
Match #2 Voldemar VäliEST
fall
Ali KamelEGY
Match #3 Erik MalmbergSWE
decision
Aleksanteri ToivolaFIN
Match #4 Károly KárpátiHUN
decision
František KratochvílTCH
Match #5 Ernst SteinigGER
decision
Jacques DillenBEL
Match #6 Aage MeyerDEN
fall
Ricardo ReyARG
Match #7 Gerolamo QuagliaITA bye

Round Four (4 August 1928)

Match #1 Gerolamo QuagliaITA
fall
Saim ArıkanTUR
Match #2 Voldemar VäliEST
fall
Károly KárpátiHUN
Match #3 Erik MalmbergSWE
decision
Aage MeyerDEN
Match #4 Ernst SteinigGER
decision
Aleksanteri ToivolaFIN

Round Five (5 August 1928)

Match #1 Károly KárpátiHUN
decision
Gerolamo QuagliaITA
Match #2 Voldemar VäliEST
fall
Ernst SteinigGER
Match #3 Erik MalmbergSWE bye

Round Six (5 August 1928)

Match #1 Erik MalmbergSWE
fall
Gerolamo QuagliaITA
Match #2 Voldemar VäliEST bye

Final Round (5 August 1928)

Match #1 Voldemar VäliEST
fall
Erik MalmbergSWE