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Judo at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 1, 1972
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the semi-finals. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools. Winners of each repêchage pool advanced to the semi-finals.

Gold: URS Shota Chochishvili
Silver: GBR David Starbrook
Bronze: FRG Paul Barth
BRA Chiaki Ishii

Summary

Japan’s Fumio Sasahara had been World Champion in 1969 and 1971 and was the favorite in this class, although there were several contenders. Among the other leading competitors were Britain’s David Starbrook, who had won a bronze medal at the Worlds as a middleweight, Helmut Howiller, the 1971 European Champion, and Pierre Albertini, Paul Barth, and Jan Bosman, who had all been medalists at the Europeans. In the second round, Sasahara faced Shota Chochishvili , a Georgian Soviet, who was completely unknown. Early in the match, Chochishvili did ippon-seoi-nage to throw Sasahara to the mat and defeated him. In the next round, Starbrook beat Chochishvili, which eliminated Sasahara from contention. The final would see a re-match of Starbrook and Chochishvili. This time, Chochishvili was in command. The match went the distance, but there was little doubt the decision would go to the Soviet, and it did.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shota Chochishvili 22 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 David Starbrook 27 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Paul Barth 26 West Germany FRG Bronze
3T Chiaki Ishii 30 Brazil BRA Bronze
5T Helmut Howiller 29 East Germany GDR
5T Jimmy Wooley 23 United States USA
7T Terry Farnsworth 29 Canada CAN
7T Pierre Albertini 30 France FRA
9T Frédéric Kyburz 29 Switzerland SUI
9T Włodzimierz Lewin 25 Poland POL
11T Jan Bosman 26 Netherlands NED
11T Pavle Bajčetić 27 Yugoslavia YUG
13T Fumio Sasahara 27 Japan JPN
13T Juang Jen-Wuh 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
13T Kim Ui-Tae 31 South Korea KOR
13T Fernando García 37 Philippines PHI
13T Eduard Aellig 24 Austria AUT
13T José Ibañez 20 Cuba CUB
19T Antoine Chidiac 19 Lebanon LIB
19T Barry Johnson 24 Australia AUS
19T Hans-Jakob Schädler 26 Liechtenstein LIE
19T Juan Marin 20 Puerto Rico PUR
19T Hamadi Camara 30 Mali MLI
19T Patrick Murphy 28 Ireland IRL
19T Luvsansharavyn Rentsendorj 26 Mongolia MGL
19T Imre Varga 27 Hungary HUN
19T Epigmenio Exiga 22 Mexico MEX
19T Mohamed Dione 24 Senegal SEN
19T Roberto Solórzano 27 Costa Rica CRC