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Judo at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 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: JPN Toyokazu Nomura
Silver: POL Antoni Zajkowski
Bronze: GDR Dietmar Hötger
URS Anatoliy Novikov

Summary

Japan had the two most recent World Champions in this class, but instead chose Toyokazu Nomura, who had won two silver medals at the Worlds in the half-lightweight division. There was concern about him moving up in weight, but it was unfounded. He dominated the class, winning his pool with three throws, seemingly as if the matches were demonstrations. In the final he faced Poland’s Antoni Zajkowski, who was bronze medalist in this class at the 1971 World Championships. But the result was no different. Nomura threw him with a shoulder throw in 27 seconds. His five matches had lasted a total of 10:49

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Toyokazu Nomura 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Antoni Zajkowski 24 Poland POL Silver
3T Dietmar Hötger 25 East Germany GDR Bronze
3T Anatoliy Novikov 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T Engelbert Dörbrandt 23 West Germany FRG
5T Antal Hetényi 24 Hungary HUN
7T Wang Jong-She 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
7T Reto Zinsli 20 Switzerland SUI
9 Justin Andriamanantena 30 Madagascar MAD
10T Gerold Jungwirth 25 Austria AUT
10T Patrick Vial 25 France FRA
12T António Roquete 17 Portugal POR
12T Geronimo Dyogi 23 Philippines PHI
12T Raúl Foullon 17 Mexico MEX
12T Douglas Churchill 23 Australia AUS
12T Gustavo Brito 18 Puerto Rico PUR
12T Jang In-Gwon 26 South Korea KOR
18T Patrick Burris 21 United States USA
18T Damirangiin Baatarjav 29 Mongolia MGL
18T Babacar Sidibé 36 Senegal SEN
18T Armin Büchel 27 Liechtenstein LIE
18T Mok Cheuk Wing 23 Hong Kong HKG
18T Robert Sullivan 23 Great Britain GBR
18T Robert Van De Weyer 26 Belgium BEL
18T William McGregor 22 Canada CAN
18T Luciano Di Palma 28 Italy ITA
18T Liam Carroll 30 Ireland IRL
18T Erwin García 22 Nicaragua NCA