- Wrestling at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's Greco-Roman heavyweight
The Greco-Roman heavyweight competition at the
1912 Summer Olympicswas 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.
11 wrestlers started the third round, 6 with no losses and 5 with one.
3 wrestlers were eliminated, the most possible given that 2 of the 5 matches were between two undefeated wrestlers. 2 survived potential elimination, 1 by eliminating another wrestler and 1 via a bye. 2 received their first loss, while 4 remained undefeated.
5 wrestlers started the fourth round, all with one loss.
With only five men left, and all having a loss, the sixth round would have consisted of two matches that were both sure to be loser-out. Viljaama, however, withdrew after having suffered his first loss. This left only one match in the sixth round, and Olin and Jensen had the byes. Neser faced Saarela; the German was unable to survive elimination a second time in a row and fell to the Finn.
With three wrestlers remaining, all of the previous results were ignored for the final round.
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