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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968
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 Masaaki Kaneko
Silver: BUL Enyu Todorov
Bronze: IRI Shamseddin Seyyed Abbasi
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Masaaki Kaneko (JPN) had won the 1966-67 World Championships and came in as the favorite. He made the final round along with Bulgarian Enyu Todorov, the 1968 European Champion, and Iranian Shamseddin Seyyed Abbasi. Kaneko decisioned Seyyed Abbasi for the gold medal, after fighting to a draw with Todorov. Todorov took the silver and Seyyed Abbasi the bronze. Seyyed Abbasi would become World Champion in 1970 while Todorov won three consecutive European titles (1968-70). Kaneko retired from wrestling after the 1968 Olympics, never having lost internationally, also winning the 1966 Asian Games gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Masaaki Kaneko 28 Japan JPN Gold
2 Enyu Todorov 25 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Shamseddin Seyyed Abbasi 25 Iran IRI Bronze
4 Nikos Karypidis Greece GRE
5 Petre Coman 24 Romania ROU
6 Yelkan Tedeyev 29 Soviet Union URS
AC Ismail Al-Karaghouli 25 Iraq IRQ Eliminated r4/8 6,5
AC Vehbi Akdağ 19 Turkey TUR Eliminated r4/8 6,5
AC Choi Jeong-Hyeok South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/8 7,0
AC József Rusznyák 21 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/8 7,5
AC José Ramos 19 Cuba CUB Eliminated r3/8 6,0
AC Tsedendambyn Natsagdorj 24 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r3/8 6,5
AC Josef Engel 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Mohammad Ebrahimi 30 Afghanistan AFG Withdrew r3/8 5,0
AC Pat Bolger 20 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/8 6,5
AC Jürgen Luczak 24 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/8 6,5
AC Onesimo Rufino 21 Dominican Republic DOM Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC Tadeusz Godyń 24 Poland POL Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC John McCourtney 24 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/8 7,5
AC José Luis García Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Gabriel Ruz 18 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Antonio Senosa 32 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Bobby Douglas 26 United States USA Withdrew r2/8 3,0