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.
|Bronze:|| Paul Barth
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.
|1||Shota Chochishvili||22||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|2||David Starbrook||27||Great Britain||GBR||Silver|
|3T||Paul Barth||26||West Germany||FRG||Bronze|
|5T||Helmut Howiller||29||East Germany||GDR|
|5T||Jimmy Wooley||23||United States||USA|
|13T||Juang Jen-Wuh||21||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|13T||Kim Ui-Tae||31||South Korea||KOR|
|19T||Juan Marin||20||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|19T||Roberto Solórzano||27||Costa Rica||CRC|