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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Gymnasium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: JPN Osamu Watanabe
Silver: BUL Stancho Ivanov
Bronze: URS Nodar Khokhashvili
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The overwhelming favorite was Japanese Osamu Watanabe, the 1962-63 World Champion, who came to the 1964 Olympics with a winning streak of 180 consecutive matches. He won his first three matches by falls and then won two decisions to advance to the final round. Having already defeated one finalist, Stancho Ivanov, the 1960 silver medalist, Watanabe secured the gold medal with a victory by decision over the other finalist, Soviet Georgian Nodar Khokhashvili, for his 186th consecutive victory. Watanabe was not scored on during the tournament, and then ended his competitive career. Ivanov and Khokhashvili also wrestled a final round match, which ended in a draw. Ivanov was awarded the silver medal based on lower bodyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Osamu Watanabe 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Stancho Ivanov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Nodar Khokhashvili 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Bobby Douglas 22 United States USA
5 Mohammad Ebrahimi 26 Afghanistan AFG
6 Ibrahim Seifpour 26 Iran IRI
AC Reiner Schilling 21 Germany GER Eliminated r4/6 6
AC Mario Tovar 31 Mexico MEX Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Matti Jutila 32 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Tauno Jaskari 30 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Bert Aspen 30 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Yun Daek 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/6 8
AC Raúl Romero 29 Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/6 9
AC Baldangiin Sanjaa 27 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r3/6 4
AC Ray Brown 21 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Bandu Patil 22 India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Muhammad Akhtar 34 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Hayrullah Şahinkaya 30 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC John Smith 22 Zambia ZAM Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Antonio Senosa 28 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Roy Meehan 33 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/6 8