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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, 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: IRI Abdullah Movahed
Silver: BUL Enyu Valchev
Bronze: MGL Danzandarjaagiin Sereeter


Despite the presence of defending gold medalist [Enyu Valchev] of Bulgaria, also the 1968 European Champion, Iran’s [Abdullah Movahed] was an overwhelming favorite. He had been World Champion in 1965-67, and had not lost a match since the 1964 Olympics. After six rounds only Movahed and Valchev remained in the competition and they wrestled for the gold medal, Movahed winning by decision in a closely fought bout. Movahed, known for his technical prowess, would go on to win the World Championships in 1969-70, and he would compete in this class at the 1972 Olympics, but withdrew injured after his first round match. The fourth-place finisher in Mexico City, [Wayne Wells], went on to win a gold medal as a welterweight at München in 1972.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Abdullah Movahed 28 Iran IRI Gold
2 Enyu Valchev 32 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Danzandarjaagiin Sereeter 25 Mongolia MGL Bronze
4 Wayne Wells 22 United States USA
5 Zarbeg Beriashvili 29 Soviet Union URS
6 Udey Chand 33 India IND
AC Iwao Horiuchi 26 Japan JPN Eliminated r5/7 8,0
AC Klaus Rost 28 West Germany FRG Eliminated r5/7 9,5
AC Janusz Pająk 24 Poland POL Eliminated r4/7 7,0
AC Francisco Lebeque 19 Cuba CUB Eliminated r4/7 8,0
AC Guy Marchand 25 France FRA Eliminated r4/7 8,5
AC Seyyit Ahmet Ağralı Turkey TUR Eliminated r4/7 8,5
AC Roger Till 21 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Stefanos Ioannidis 35 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Muhammad Taj 24 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Ion Enache 21 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Jan Karlsson 22 Sweden SWE Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Carlos Alberto Vario 20 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Sidney Marsh 29 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Israel Vargas 22 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Károly Buzás 23 Hungary HUN Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Aka-Jahan Dastagir 22 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Gord Garvie 23 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 7,5
AC Ángel Aldama 32 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Severino Aguilar 32 Panama PAN Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Eliseo Salugta 27 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/7 8,0