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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: HUN István Kozma
Silver: URS Anatoly Roshchin
Bronze: TCH Petr Kment

Summary

Hungary’s István Kozma was the defending gold medalist and had won the 1966-67 World Championships and the 1967 European title, so he came in as the favorite, but the 1964 silver medalist, Soviet Anatoly Roshchin was also back. In round five Kozma and Roshchin drew, as they had in 1964. The other match in that round saw Czechoslovak Petr Kment defeat Sweden’s [Ragnar Svensson] by disqualification, but Kment was injured and had to withdraw. That left only Kozma and Roshchin in the tournament and Kozma defended his gold medal based on fewer bad points, with Roshchin taking silver and Kment the bronze. After winning the 1969-70 World Championships, Roshchin would finally win the gold medal in this class in 1972, making him, at over 40-years-old, the oldest wrestling gold medalist since Finn Adolf Lindfors in 1920, and the second oldest ever.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 István Kozma 28 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Anatoly Roshchin 36 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Petr Kment 26 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
4 Ragnar Svensson 34 Sweden SWE
5 Constantin Buşoiu 27 Romania ROU
6 Stefan Petrov 32 Bulgaria BUL
AC Raymond Uytterhaeghe 20 France FRA Eliminated r5/6 5,0
AC Edward Wojda 27 Poland POL Eliminated r4/6 9,5
AC Bekir Aksu Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/6 6,5
AC Bob Roop 21 United States USA Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Roland Bock 24 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Harry Geris 20 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Arje Nadbornik 33 Finland FIN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Yorihide Isogai 28 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Hassan Bechara 23 Lebanon LIB Eliminated r2/6 8,0