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Wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, 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: BUL Enyu Valchev
Silver: GER Klaus Rost
Bronze: JPN Iwao Horiuchi


There was no real favorite, but there were several contenders in this class. [Enyu Valchev] of Bulgaria had been the 1960 silver medalist and the 1962 World Champion. Japan’s [Iwao Horiuchi] was the 1963 World Champion and was wrestling before his hometown fans. Also highly considered were Iran’s [Abdullah Movahed], who would win five straight World titles in this class beginning in 1965, and Soviet Georgian [Zarbeg Beriashvili], runner-up at the 1963 Worlds. The competition was close enough that nobody went through the tournament undefeated. After five rounds, only Valchev and German [Klaus Rost] remained, although both had 5 bad points. Valchev then defeated Rost by decision to win the gold medal. The bronze medal went to Horiuchi, based on his fifth-round victory over Turkey’s [Mahmut Atalay], although they had tied with 6 bad points.

All the medalists would continue to win medals at the Worlds and Europeans over the next few years, but the class would be dominated by Movahed, who placed fifth in Tokyo and would also win the gold medal in 1968, in addition to his five consecutive World titles.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Enyu Valchev 28 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Klaus Rost 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Iwao Horiuchi 22 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Mahmut Atalay 30 Turkey TUR
5 Abdullah Movahed 24 Iran IRI
6T Jeong Dong-Gu 22 South Korea KOR
6T Zarbeg Beriashvili 25 Soviet Union URS
6T Gregory Ruth 25 United States USA
AC Carlos Alberto Vario 16 Argentina ARG Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Sidney Marsh 25 Australia AUS Eliminated r4/6 7
AC Djan-Aka Djan Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Arto Savolainen 23 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Kenny Stephenson 26 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/6 7
AC Udey Chand 29 India IND Eliminated r3/6 8
AC Muhammad Bashir 29 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/6 8
AC Rodger Doner 26 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Stefanos Ioannidis 31 Greece GRE Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Danzandarjaagiin Sereeter 21 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Matti Poikala 29 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/6 6
AC Alejandro Echaniz 22 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Tony Greig 23 New Zealand NZL Eliminated r2/6 7
AC Tham Kook Chin 20 Malaysia MAS Eliminated r2/6 8