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.
There was no real favorite but there were several contenders in this class. Enyu Valchev of Bulgaria had been the 1960 silver medalist and the 1962 World Champion. Japan’s Iwao Horiuchi was the 1963 World Champion and was wrestling before his hometown fans. Also highly considered were Iran’s Abdullah Movahed, who would win five straight World titles in this class beginning in 1965, and Soviet Georgian Zarbeg Beriashvili, runner-up at the 1963 Worlds. The competition was close enough that nobody went through the tournament undefeated. After five rounds, only Valchev and German Klaus Rost remained, although both had 5 bad points. Valchev then defeated Rost by decision to win the gold medal. The bronze medal went to Horiuchi, based on his fifth-round victory over Turkey’s Mahmut Atalay, although they had tied with 6 bad points.
All the medalists would continue to win medals at the Worlds and Europeans over the next few years, but the class would be dominated by Movahed, who placed fifth in Tokyo and would also win the gold medal in 1968, in addition to his five consecutive World titles.
|6T||Jeong Dong-Gu||22||South Korea||KOR|
|6T||Zarbeg Beriashvili||25||Soviet Union||URS|
|6T||Gregory Ruth||25||United States||USA|
|AC||Carlos Alberto Vario||16||Argentina||ARG||Eliminated r4/6||7|
|AC||Sidney Marsh||25||Australia||AUS||Eliminated r4/6||7|
|AC||Djan-Aka Djan||Afghanistan||AFG||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Arto Savolainen||23||Finland||FIN||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Kenny Stephenson||26||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r3/6||7|
|AC||Udey Chand||29||India||IND||Eliminated r3/6||8|
|AC||Muhammad Bashir||29||Pakistan||PAK||Eliminated r3/6||8|
|AC||Rodger Doner||26||Canada||CAN||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Stefanos Ioannidis||31||Greece||GRE||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Danzandarjaagiin Sereeter||21||Mongolia||MGL||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Matti Poikala||29||Sweden||SWE||Eliminated r2/6||6|
|AC||Alejandro Echaniz||22||Mexico||MEX||Eliminated r2/6||7|
|AC||Tony Greig||23||New Zealand||NZL||Eliminated r2/6||7|
|AC||Tham Kook Chin||20||Malaysia||MAS||Eliminated r2/6||8|