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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
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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, and 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