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Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (>82.5 kilograms), Men

Date2 – 5 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationKrachtsportgebouw, Amsterdam
Participants15 from 15 countries
FormatDouble-elimination tournament.

Three wrestlers were considered the leading contenders: Hungarian Rajmund Badó was a bronze medalist in this class at Paris and had won the 1927 European Championship, and had been runner-up in 1925; German Georg Gehring was the 1926 European Champion; and Sweden’s Rudolf Svensson was the 1925 European Champion and at Paris in 1924 had won silver medals as a light-heavyweight in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Badó lost his second- and fourth-round matches and was eliminated early. Svensson and Gehring met in the fifth-round with Svensson winning by fall, which gave him the gold medal. Gehring then wrestled Hjalmar Nyström for the silver medal, with the Finn winning by decision, Gehring taking the bronze medal.

All the medalists continued to compete for the next few years. At Los Angeles in 1932, Svensson dropped back to light-heavyweight and won a second Olympic gold. He also won the 1933 European Championship as a light-heavy and won silver medals at the Europeans as a heavyweight in 1929 and 1934. Nyström also kept competing, winning an Olympic bronze medal in 1936 in heavyweight freestyle, and would win four European medals from 1930-35, but never made the top step of the podium. Gehring competed at both the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, with no medals, but he won another European title in 1929 and won bronze medals at that tournament in 1930-31.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Rudolf SvenssonSWEGold
2Hjalmar NyströmFINSilver
3Georg GehringGERBronze
4Eugen Wiesberger, Sr.AUT
5Josef UrbanTCH
6Rajmund BadóHUN
=7Mehmet ÇobanTUR
=7Aleardo DonatiITA
=9Alberts ZvejnieksLAT
=9Jacob SimonisNED
=11Gustave ColpaertBEL
=11Simon de LanfranchiFRA
=11Emil LarsenDEN
=11Jorge BriolaARG
=11Ibrahim SobhEGY

Round One (2 August 1928)

Match #1 Josef UrbanTCH
fall
Gustave ColpaertBEL
Match #2 Aleardo DonatiITA
fall
Simon de LanfranchiFRA
Match #3 Georg GehringGER
fall
Emil LarsenDEN
Match #4 Mehmet ÇobanTUR
decision
Jorge BriolaARG
Match #5 Eugen Wiesberger, Sr.AUT
decision
Alberts ZvejnieksLAT
Match #6 Rajmund BadóHUN
fall
Ibrahim SobhEGY
Match #7 Rudolf SvenssonSWE
decision
Hjalmar NyströmFIN
Match #8 Jacob SimonisNED bye

Round Two (3 August 1928)

Match #1 Josef UrbanTCH
fall
Jacob SimonisNED
Match #2 Aleardo DonatiITA
fall
Gustave ColpaertBEL
Match #3 Georg GehringGER
fall
Simon de LanfranchiFRA
Match #4 Mehmet ÇobanTUR
fall
Emil LarsenDEN
Match #5 Alberts ZvejnieksLAT
fall
Jorge BriolaARG
Match #6 Eugen Wiesberger, Sr.AUT
fall
Ibrahim SobhEGY
Match #7 Hjalmar NyströmFIN
fall
Rajmund BadóHUN
Match #8 Rudolf SvenssonSWE bye

Round Three (4 August 1928)

Match #1 Rudolf SvenssonSWE
fall
Jacob SimonisNED
Match #2 Josef UrbanTCH
fall
Aleardo DonatiITA
Match #3 Georg GehringGER
decision
Mehmet ÇobanTUR
Match #4 Rajmund BadóHUN
fall
Alberts ZvejnieksLAT
Match #5 Hjalmar NyströmFIN
decision
Eugen Wiesberger, Sr.AUT

Round Four (5 August 1928)

Match #1 Rudolf SvenssonSWE
fall
Josef UrbanTCH
Match #2 Georg GehringGER
fall
Aleardo DonatiITA
Match #3 Hjalmar NyströmFIN
fall
Mehmet ÇobanTUR
Match #4 Eugen Wiesberger, Sr.AUT
fall
Rajmund BadóHUN

Round Five (5 August 1928)

Match #1 Rudolf SvenssonSWE
fall
Georg GehringGER
Match #2 Eugen Wiesberger, Sr.AUT
decision
Josef UrbanTCH
Match #3 Hjalmar NyströmFIN bye

Final Round (5 August 1928)

Match #1 Hjalmar NyströmFIN
decision
Georg GehringGER
Match #2 Rudolf SvenssonSWE bye