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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight, 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: URS Aleksandr Ivanitsky
Silver: BUL Lyutvi Akhmedov
Bronze: TUR Hamit Kaplan


At the 1962-63 World Championships, Soviet [Aleksandr Ivanitsky] won gold, with Bulgarian [Lyutvi Akhmedov] taking silver. After four rounds in Tokyo, they were the only wrestlers remaining and they met for the gold medal. The match turned out to be a draw, which gave the gold medal to Ivanitsky based on fewer bad points in earlier rounds. The bronze went to Turk [Hamit Kaplan], who completed his set of medals from this class, after winning gold in 1956 and silver in 1960. Kaplan won the bronze in an unusual tournament that had to be held for the third podium position, after he was tied through four rounds with 7 bad points, along with Czechoslovak [Bohumil Kubát] and Britain’s [Denis McNamara]. That position was decided when Kaplan threw McNamara in 4:18.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Aleksandr Ivanitsky 27 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Lyutvi Akhmedov 34 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Hamit Kaplan 30 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Bohumil Kubát 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Denis McNamara 38 Great Britain GBR
6 Ștefan Stîngu 23 Romania ROU
AC Wilfried Dietrich 30 Germany GER Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Masanori Saito 22 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/5 6
AC Larry Kristoff 21 United States USA Eliminated r3/5 6
AC János Reznák 33 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/5 7
AC Arne Robertsson 22 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/5 8
AC Ganpat Andhalkar 29 India IND Eliminated r3/5 9
AC Tserendonoin Sanjaa 27 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/5 8