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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, 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: JPN Munji Munemura
Silver: YUG Stevan Horvat
Bronze: GRE Petros Galaktopoulos


Yugoslavian Serb [Stevan Horvat] had been a favorite at the 1964 Olympics, after winning the 1963 World Championships, but placed a disappointing fifth. He again came in as a favorite in 1968, after winning the 1966 Worlds, and was expected to be challenged by Finn [Eero Tapio], the 1967 World Champion and second at the 1967 Europeans to Soviet [Gennady Sapunov], another contender in 1968. After five rounds, Tapio and Sapunov were eliminated on bad points. After six rounds, three wrestlers remained – Horvat, Greek [Petros Galaktopoulos] and Japan’s [Munji Munemura], neither of whom had ever made a podium at a major international. Horvat drew with Munemura and Galaktopoulos, which gave the gold medal to the little-known Munemura, who had defeated Galaktopoulos in round six, as Horvat settled for silver and Galaktopoulos took bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Munji Munemura 25 Japan JPN Gold
2 Stevan Horvat 36 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 Petros Galaktopoulos 23 Greece GRE Bronze
4 Klaus Rost 28 West Germany FRG
5 Eero Tapio 27 Finland FIN
6T Gennady Sapunov 29 Soviet Union URS
6T Werner Holzer 31 United States USA
AC Antal Steer 25 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/8 6,0
AC Vítězslav Mácha 20 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r4/8 6,5
AC Seo Hun-Gyo 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/8 7,0
AC Klaus Pohl 27 East Germany GDR Eliminated r4/8 9,5
AC Piero Bellotti 26 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/8 6,0
AC Gord Garvie 23 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Jan Karlsson 22 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Ion Enache 21 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/8 7,5
AC Kurt Madsen 32 Denmark DEN Eliminated r3/8 8,0
AC Guy Marchand 25 France FRA Eliminated r3/8 8,0
AC António Galantinho 22 Portugal POR Eliminated r3/8 8,0
AC Kazım Ayvaz 30 Turkey TUR Withdrew r3/8 4,5
AC Mahmoud El-Sherbini 31 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/8 6,0
AC Carlos Alberto Vario 20 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/8 6,5
AC Stoyan Apostolov 22 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC Mohamed Moukrim Ben Mansour 30 Morocco MAR Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC Ángel Aldama 32 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Mario Tovar 35 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Eliseo Salugta 27 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/8 8,0