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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Komazawa Gymnasium, Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: JPN Osamu Watanabe
Silver: BUL Stancho Ivanov
Bronze: URS Nodar Khokhashvili


The overwhelming favorite was Japanese [Osamu Watanabe], the 1962-63 World Champion, who came to the 1964 Olympics with a winning streak of 180 consecutive matches. He won his first three matches by falls and then won two decisions to advance to the final round. Having already defeated one finalist, [Stancho Ivanov], the 1960 silver medalist, Watanabe secured the gold medal with a victory by decision over the other finalist, Soviet Georgian [Nodar Khokhashvili], for his 186th consecutive victory. Watanabe was not scored on during the tournament, and then ended his competitive career. Ivanov and Khokhashvili also wrestled a final round match, which ended in a draw. Ivanov was awarded the silver medal based on lower bodyweight.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Osamu Watanabe 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Stancho Ivanov 27 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Nodar Khokhashvili 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Bobby Douglas 22 United States USA
5 Mohammad Ebrahimi 26 Afghanistan AFG
6 Ibrahim Seifpour 26 Iran IRI
AC Reiner Schilling 21 Germany GER Eliminated r4/6 6
AC Mario Tovar 31 Mexico MEX Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Matti Jutila 32 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Tauno Jaskari 30 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Bert Aspen 30 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Yun Daek 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/6 8
AC Raúl Romero 29 Argentina ARG Eliminated r3/6 9
AC Baldangiin Sanjaa 27 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r3/6 4
AC Ray Brown 21 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Bandu Patil 22 India IND Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Muhammad Akhtar 34 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Hayrullah Şahinkaya 30 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 6
AC John Smith 22 Zambia ZAM Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Antonio Senosa 28 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Roy Meehan 33 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/6 8