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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: URS Aleksandr Medved
Silver: BUL Osman Duraliev
Bronze: FRG Wilfried Dietrich
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Summary

Although Soviet [Aleksandr Ivanitskiy] was the defending gold medalist, and had won four straight World titles from 1962-66, but by 1968 he had been surpassed by his teammate, Aleksandr Medved, the light-heavyweight gold medalist at Tokyo. Medved had moved up to heavyweight and won the 1967 World Championship. His big challengers were expected to be Bulgaria’s Osman Duraliev, runner-up at both the Worlds and Europeans in 1967, and the always redoubtable German, Wilfried Dietrich. Form held as those three made the finals. Medved had defeated Duraliev by decision in round three and had thrown Dietrich in round five, which gave him the gold medal. Duraliev threw Dietrich in the final match to secure the silver medal.

Medved would return in 1972 and win a third consecutive gold medal, this time as a super-heavyweight, with Duraliev again finishing second to him. This was Dietrich’s fifth Olympic medal, an Olympic record for wrestling that has still not been matched through 2012. He would compete again in 1972, in both styles, but would not win another medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Aleksandr Medved 31 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Osman Duraliev 29 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Wilfried Dietrich 34 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Ştefan Stîngu 27 Romania ROU
5 Larry Kristoff 25 United States USA
6T Abolfazl Anvari 30 Iran IRI
6T Ölziisaikhany Erdene-Ochir 32 Mongolia MGL
AC Raymond Uytterhaeghe 20 France FRA Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC László Nyers 34 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Harry Geris 20 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Wiesław Bocheński 24 Poland POL Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Arne Robertsson 26 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Yorihide Isogai 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Gıyasettin Yılmaz 30 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 8,0