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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 23, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 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.

Gold: URS Roman Rurua
Silver: JPN Hideo Fujimoto
Bronze: ROU Simion Popescu


Hungarian [Imre Polyák] had been the dominant force in this class for almost 10 years, winning the Olympic gold in 1964 after winning three consecutive silver medals from 1952-60. Polyák had retired, however, and Soviet Georgian [Roman Rurua], who had won the 1966-67 World Championships, came to Mexico as the favorite. At the 1967 Worlds, Romanian [Simion Popescu] won the silver medal and Japan's [Hideo Fujimoto] the bronze. Those three survived to round six, along with Bulgarian [Dimitar Galinchev], with Rurua well ahead on bad points. Rurua and Fujimoto won decisions in that round, eliminating Galinchev and Popescu, who would get the bronze medal. Rurua and Fujimoto then wrestled to a draw, which gave the gold medal to Rurua, as expected. The podium had the same three wrestlers as the 1967 Worlds.

Rurua would win another World Championship in 1969, and then moved up to lightweight, winning that World title in 1970, with Popescu placing second. He wrestled at the 1971 World Championships but injured his back and was never the same wrestler and retired shortly thereafter. Fujimoto won the 1970 World Championship, and would finish fourth in this class at the 1972 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Roman Rurua 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hideo Fujimoto 24 Japan JPN Silver
3 Simion Popescu 28 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Dimitar Galinchev 30 Bulgaria BUL
5 Metin Alakoç 26 Turkey TUR
6 Martti Laakso 24 Finland FIN
AC Jim Hazewinkel 24 United States USA Eliminated r4/7 8,5
AC Lothar Schneider 29 East Germany GDR Eliminated r4/7 9,0
AC Kim Ik-Jong 27 South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/7 6,0
AC Sreten Damjanović 22 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/7 6,5
AC Léonard Dutz 21 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Seyed Hossein Moareb 21 Iran IRI Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Jiří Švec 32 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Nikolaos Lazarou Greece GRE Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Ponciano Contreras 21 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Yehya Mohamed Hassanein 24 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC József Rusznyák 21 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Tadeusz Godyń 24 Poland POL Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC José Luis García Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Rahal Mahassine 29 Morocco MAR Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Tortillano Tumasis 34 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Adriano Morais 20 Portugal POR Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Ismail Al-Karaghouli 25 Iraq IRQ Withdrew r2/7 4,0