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Judo at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

Judo at the 1964 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Nippon Budokan, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Date Started: October 20, 1964
Date Finished: October 20, 1964
Format: Round-robin pools advanced judoka to single-elimination tournament.

Gold: JPN Takehide Nakatani
Silver: SUI Eric Hänni
Bronze: URS Ä€rons Boguļubovs
URS Oleg Stepanov


The favorite was [Takaehide Nakatani], for no other reason than that he was the Japanese entrant. Nakatani was in the second pool and won his two matches in under three minutes of total wrestling. American [Paul Maruyama] had won the first pool quite easily and was expected to challenge Nakatani, based on his performance. But in the quarter-finals, Nakatani threw Maruyam for ippon in only 24 seconds. In the semi-final, Nakatani faced the Soviet [Oleg Stepanov] who had fought him to a decision only the year before. But in Tokyo, Nakatani threw Stepanov twice for waza-ari, winning in 4:25. The other semi-final was won by the Swiss, [Eric Hänni]. The final was unusual. Nakatani gained a waza-ari early in the match. After one minute of combat, Nakatani pulled Hänni off his feet with de-ashi-barai, but it was ignored by the referee. Suddenly the judges stopped the contest, and began a long discussion with the referee. While the crowd grew restless, suddenly the referee declared another waza-ari for the de-ashi-barai and gave the decision to Nakatani.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Takehide Nakatani 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Eric Hänni 25 Switzerland SUI Silver
3T Oleg Stepanov 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Ārons Boguļubovs 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T Paul Maruyama 22 United States USA
5T Chang Won-Ku 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
5T Gerhard Zotter 23 Austria AUT
5T Park Cheong-Sam 17 South Korea KOR
9T Karl Reisinger 28 Austria AUT
9T Brian Jacks 18 Great Britain GBR
9T Brian Dalton 29 Australia AUS
9T Gaston Lesturgeon 27 France FRA
9T René Arredondo 20 Mexico MEX
9T Vicente Uematsu 26 Philippines PHI
9T Aurelio Chu Yi 35 Panama PAN
9T André Bourreau 29 France FRA
9T Eiam Harssarungsri 25 Thailand THA
9T Oscar Hugo Karpenkopf 20 Argentina ARG
19T Bruno Carmeni 23 Italy ITA
19T Matthias Schiessleder 28 Germany GER
19T Udom Ratsamelongkorn 19 Thailand THA
19T Seo Sang-Cheol 23 South Korea KOR
19T Ronald Ford 22 Australia AUS
19T Nguyễn Văn Bình 24 South Vietnam VNM