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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, 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: GDR Rudolf Vesper
Silver: FRA Daniel Robin
Bronze: HUN Károly Bajkó

Summary

Soviet Viktor Igumenov had won the 1966-67 World Championships, his first two of five consecutive, and he came into Mexico City as a heavy favorite. He won his first two bouts by decision but then lost on a fall in 1:39 to Norwegian Harald Barlie, and Igumenov was eliminated on bad points. This left the event wide open. The medalists came down to East German Rudolf Vesper, Hungarian Károly Bajkó, and France’s Daniel Robin, who had already won a silver medal in Mexico City in freestyle. These three remained after round five, when Vesper and Robin won their matches and Bajkó had a bye. This made them the finalists, but no matches were necessary as Vesper had already beaten Robin, and drawn with Bajkó, and Robin had defeated Bajkó, giving the gold medal to Vesper, with Robin winning his second silver medal in 1968 wrestling. Robin’s two medals made him one of only 13 Olympic wrestlers to win medals in both styles at the Olympics, and one of only two, along with Swede Rudolf Svensson in 1924, to win two silver medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Rudolf Vesper 29 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Daniel Robin 25 France FRA Silver
3 Károly Bajkó 24 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Metodi Zarev 23 Bulgaria BUL
5 Ion Ţăranu 30 Romania ROU
6 Jan Kårström 23 Sweden SWE
AC Franz Berger 28 Austria AUT Eliminated r4/5 7,0
AC Harald Barlie 31 Norway NOR Eliminated r4/5 7,0
AC Milan Nenadić 25 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r4/5 7,0
AC Viktor Igumenov 25 Soviet Union URS Eliminated r3/5 6,0
AC Dimitrios Savvas 29 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/5 6,5
AC Adam Ostrowski 23 Poland POL Eliminated r3/5 6,5
AC Sırrı Acar Turkey TUR Eliminated r3/5 6,5
AC Peter Nettekoven 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r3/5 8,0
AC Mahmoud Balah 26 Syria SYR Withdrew r3/5 4,0
AC Toshiro Tashiro 26 Japan JPN Eliminated r2/5 6,5
AC Larry Lyden 24 United States USA Eliminated r2/5 6,5
AC Jimmy Martinetti 22 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/5 7,0
AC Brian Heffel 24 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Daniel Alba 27 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/5 8,0
AC Wesley O'Brien 20 Australia AUS Withdrew r2/5 4,0
AC Pentti Salo 26 Finland FIN Withdrew r2/5 4,0