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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, 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 Shigeo Nakata
Silver: USA Rich Sanders
Bronze: MGL Chimedbazaryn Damdinsharav


At the 1967 World Championships [Shigeo Nakata] of Japan had defeated American [Rich Sanders] for the gold medal. Sanders had also won a bronze medal at the 1966 Worlds and the two were expected to battle it out in this class, along with Turkey’s [Mehmet Esenceli], winner of the 1966-67 European Championships. Esenceli was never a factor, drawing his first match and then losing by fall in round to Mongolian [Chimedbazaryn Damdinsharav], which led to his elimination. Nakata, Sanders, and Damdinsharav made it to the final round, where Nakata won the gold medal with a throw over Damdinsharav, and winning a close decision over Sanders.

Nakata never wrestled internationally again. Sanders would return to the Olympics in 1972 and win another silver medal, that time as a bantamweight. Tragically he was killed in an automobile accident only seven weeks after that second Olympic medal. Many previous sources list the Mongolian in this class as Surenjaav Sukhbaatar, but the Mongolian Olympic Committee has confirmed that it was actually Damdinsharav.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Shigeo Nakata 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Rich Sanders 23 United States USA Silver
3 Chimedbazaryn Damdinsharav 23 Mongolia MGL Bronze
4 Nazar Albaryan 25 Soviet Union URS
5 Vincenzo Grassi 29 Italy ITA
6 Sudesh Kumar 18 India IND
AC Paul Neff 30 West Germany FRG Eliminated r5/6 8,0
AC Mohammad Ghorbani 25 Iran IRI Eliminated r5/6 8,0
AC O Jeong-Ryong 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/6 6,0
AC Wanelge Castillo 23 Panama PAN Eliminated r4/6 7,5
AC Márton Erdős 24 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/6 9,0
AC Bayu Baev 27 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/6 6,0
AC Petros Triantafyllidis Greece GRE Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Boris Dimovski 25 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/6 7,5
AC Mohamed Salem 24 Egypt EGY Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC André Gaudinot 21 France FRA Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC Mehmet Esenceli Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC Florentino Martínez 24 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Gheorghe Stoiciu 25 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC John Kinsella 18 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC José Defran 30 Dominican Republic DOM Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC César Solari 21 Ecuador ECU Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Gustavo Ramírez 27 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/6 8,0