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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968
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 Yojiro Uetake
Silver: USA Don Behm
Bronze: IRI Abutaleb Talebi


Soviet [Ali Aliyev] was the 1966-67 World Champion and also won the 1968 European title. He had wrestled at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics as a flyweight, just missing medals both times. The defending champion was Japan’s [Yojiro Uetake], who had wrestled in the United States for Oklahoma State University, winning the NCAA Championships in 1964-66. Aliyev and Uetake made the final round, along with American [Don Behm] and Iranian [Abutaleb Talebi]. Uetake defended his gold medal by drawing with Talebi, and when Behm defeated Aliyev by decision, the other three were eliminated, with Behm winning silver, Talebi bronze, and Aliyev again missing the podium in fourth place.

Uetake retired from competition after the 1968 Olympics and became a coach at his alma mater, settling in Oklahoma. Behm won the 1970 Tbilisi International Tournament and the 1971 Pan American gold medal, but never made another Olympic team. Talebi’s bronze was a standard for him, as he had also placed third at the 1966-67 Worlds and would win another World Championship bronze in 1969.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Yojiro Uetake 25 Japan JPN Gold
2 Don Behm 23 United States USA Silver
3 Abutaleb Talebi 23 Iran IRI Bronze
4 Ali Aliyev 30 Soviet Union URS
5 Ivan Shavov 25 Bulgaria BUL
6 Zbigniew Żedzicki 23 Poland POL
AC Bishambar Singh 28 India IND Eliminated r5/7 8,5
AC Bazaryn Sükhbaatar 25 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r4/7 7,0
AC Hasan Sevinç Turkey TUR Eliminated r4/7 7,5
AC Muhammad Sardar 24 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Herb Singerman 22 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/7 7,5
AC Pekka Alanen 23 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Moises López 27 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/7 8,5
AC Rogelio Famatid 24 Philippines PHI Withdrew r3/7 4,0
AC Ahmad Djan 20 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Jang Gyeong-Mu 23 South Korea KOR Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Nicolae Cristea 26 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Horst Mayer 23 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Simeon Å utev 25 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Javier Raxón 23 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 7,5
AC Marco Terán 18 Ecuador ECU Eliminated r2/7 8,0