Wrestling at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's Greco-Roman lightweight

Wrestling at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's Greco-Roman lightweight

The Greco-Roman lightweight competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics was part of the wrestling programme.

The competition used a form of double-elimination tournament. Rather than using the brackets that are now standard for double-elimination contests (and which assure that each match is between two competitors with the same number of losses), each wrestler drew a number. Each man would face off against the wrestler with the next number, provided he had not already faced that wrestler and that the wrestler was not from the same nation as him (unless this was necessary to avoid byes).

When only three wrestlers remain (the medalists), the double-elimination halts and a special final round is used to determine the order of the medals.


Third round

Paul Tirkkonen and Bror Flygare abandoned the contest after their first losses in round 2. 28 wrestlers started the third round, 17 with no losses and 11 with one.

6 were eliminated. 5 survived potential elimination (2 by eliminating another wrestler, 3 by giving a previously undefeated wrestler his first loss). 8 received their first loss, while 9 remained undefeated.

ixth round

10 wrestlers started the fifth round, 2 with no losses and 8 with one.

The two remaining undefeated wrestlers, Väre and Malmström, faced off, with Väre coming out the better. The other four matches were all between two men facing elimination, and so the winners of those four matches were expected to join Malmström in moving to the seventh round with one loss while the losers were out. The match between Kaplur and Kolehmainen, however, resulted in both wrestlers disqualified, so only 5 wrestlers moved on.


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