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Judo at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

Judo at the 1964 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Nippon Budokan, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Date Started: October 21, 1964
Date Finished: October 21, 1964
Format: Round-robin pools advanced judoka to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: JPN Isao Okano
Silver: GER Wolfgang Hofmann
Bronze: USA Jim Bregman
KOR Kim Ui-Tae

Summary

The favorite was Isao Okano, a 3rd Dan from Chuo University. With only an Open Class conducted at the World Championships until 1965, he had no major international title, but he had not been defeated in several years. His only competition was thought to be the Korean, Kim Eui-Tae. There were eight pools in the event. The second pool was won by Jim Bregman, an American who had trained extensively in Japan. Kim won the sixth pool, and Okano won the eighth pool. In the quarter-finals, Okano faced France’s Lionel Grossain, 1962 European Champion. After five minutes, Grossain found himself on his back, but reversed Okano, putting him onto his back, and at high risk of defeat. Okano grabbed Grossain’s collar in a form of okuri-eri-jime, and suddenly he realized that Grossain was not putting up any fight. He looked at the referee, trying to signal that Grossain was unconscious, but the referee did not acknowledge it. When a Japanese coach pointed out the limp legs of the Frenchman, the referee declared ippon for Okano. Okano immediately set to work to revive Grossain, using katsu, a traditional Japanese resuscitation technique, and he was not injured. After that, the semi-finals were anticlimactic. Okano defeated Kim in the second match by decision while in the first semi-final, Wolfgang Hoffman (GER) defeated Bregman. The final was not competitive, as Okano sidestepped Hoffman’s attempt to throw him, and clamped on a yoko-shiho-gatame, ending the match in 1:36.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Isao Okano 20 Japan JPN Gold
2 Wolfgang Hofmann 23 Germany GER Silver
3T Jim Bregman 22 United States USA Bronze
3T Kim Ui-Tae 23 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Rodolfo Pérez 19 Argentina ARG
5T Peter Snijders 21 Netherlands NED
5T Lhofei Shiozawa 23 Brazil BRA
5T Lionel Grossain 26 France FRA
9T Kanapathy Moorthy 31 Malaysia MAS
9T Gabriel Goldschmied 25 Mexico MEX
9T Jacques le Berré 27 France FRA
9T Pipat Sinhasema 24 Thailand THA
9T Alfred Redl 24 Austria AUT
9T Huang Chin-Chun 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Jan Snijders 21 Netherlands NED
9T Fernando Matos 23 Portugal POR
17T Bernardo Repuyan 36 Philippines PHI
17T Peter Paige 25 Australia AUS
17T Orlando Madrigal 43 Costa Rica CRC
17T Thuc Tuan Thai 37 South Vietnam VNM
17T Narzal García 18 Philippines PHI
17T Lê Bả Thành 29 South Vietnam VNM
17T Sydney Hoare 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Jorge Lugo 26 Venezuela VEN
25 Rafael Barquero 30 Costa Rica CRC