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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 23, 1968
Date Finished: October 26, 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.

Gold: BUL Boyan Radev
Silver: URS Nikolay Yakovenko
Bronze: ROU Nicolae Martinescu


Bulgaria’s [Boyan Radev] was the defending gold medalist, had won the 1966 World Championships, and was runner-up at the 1967 Worlds. He was slightly favored, but the 1967 World Champion, Soviet [Nikolay Yakovenko] was at about the same level, and Romanian [Nicolae Martinescu] had won bronze at the last two Worlds and was also highly considered. After four rounds, those three remained as finalists and would contest the medals. First, Radev and Yakovenko fought to a draw, followed by Yakovenko decisioning Martinescu. Radev then threw Martinescu to win the gold medal, with Yakovenko taking silver. It was later revealed in Communist-era secret service files that Radev was an intelligence officer for Bulgaria at the time of the 1968 Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Boyan Radev 26 Bulgaria BUL Gold
2 Nikolay Yakovenko 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Nicolae Martinescu 28 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Per Svensson 25 Sweden SWE
5 Tore Hem 23 Norway NOR
6T Caj Malmberg 20 Finland FIN
6T Wacław Orłowski 23 Poland POL
6T Peter Jutzeler 28 Switzerland SUI
AC Takeshi Nagao 24 Japan JPN Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Ferenc Kiss 26 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Daniel Verník 20 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Henk Schenk 23 United States USA Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Jürgen Klinge 28 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Heinz Kiehl 25 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Ed Millard 21 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Gürbüz Lü Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/7 8,0