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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, 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 Yoshikatsu Yoshida
Silver: KOR Jang Chang-Seon
Bronze: IRI Sayed Ali Akbar Haydari


Soviet [Ali Aliyev] had been favored in 1960 but finished sixth. He had since won his second and third consecutive World Championships (1961-62), however, and was favored, along with Turkey’s [Cemal Yanılmaz], the 1963 World Champion, in which Aliyev had placed second. They would both be eliminated in round five, however, and finish in a tie for fourth. The two survivors after the fifth round were Japan’s [Yoshikatsu Yoshida] and Korea’s [Jang Chang-Seon], with Yoshida winning the gold medal by defeating Jang on points in the final round. The bronze went to Iran’s [Sayed Ali Akbar Haydari], based on bad points after five rounds.

Yoshida had no previous record at major internationals, but would also win the 1965 World Championship. His daughter, [Saori Yoshida], also became a wrestler, and when women were allowed to wrestle at the Olympics, she won lightweight gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Yoshikatsu Yoshida 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Jang Chang-Seon 22 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Sayed Ali Akbar Haydari 23 Iran IRI Bronze
4T André Zoete 33 France FRA
4T Cemal Yanılmaz 30 Turkey TUR
4T Ali Aliyev 26 Soviet Union URS
AC Gray Simons 25 United States USA Eliminated r4/6 6
AC Muhammad Niaz-Din 24 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Malwa Singh 18 India IND Eliminated r4/6 8
AC Chimedbazaryn Damdinsharav 19 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r4/6 8
AC Vincenzo Grassi 25 Italy ITA Eliminated r4/6 9
AC Stoyko Malov 21 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Athanasios Zafeiropoulos 20 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/6 6
AC Seán O'Connor 27 Ireland IRL Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Eduardo Campbell 31 Panama PAN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Faiz Mohammad Khakshar 22 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Paul Neff 26 Germany GER Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Gheorghe Țarălungă 23 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Ernest Fernando 25 Sri Lanka SRI Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Max McAlary 34 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 8
AC Liang Soon Hin 20 Malaysia MAS Eliminated r2/6 8
AC César del Rio 23 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/6 8