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Judo at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Basketball Hall, Siegenburger Street, München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the semi-finals. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools. Winners of each repêchage pool advanced to the semi-finals.

Gold: NED Wim Ruska
Silver: FRG Klaus Glahn
Bronze: JPN Motoki Nishimura
URS Givi Onashvili


This was the first class contested at the 1972 Olympics. It was considered a certainty that [Wim Ruska] (NED) would win the gold medal. He was unchallenged in winning the 1967 and 1971 World Championships, and earlier in 1972 had won both the heavyweight and open classes at the European Championships. Contenders for the other medals were thought to be Japan’s [Motoki Nishimura], [Givi Onashvili], a Georgian Soviet, and world bronze medalist [Keith Remfrey] of Great Britain. After the pools and the repêchages, all but Remfrey made it to the semi-finals. Germany’s [Klaus Glahn] faced Onashvili in the first semi, and defeating him with kesa-gatame in two minutes. Glahn had lost to Ruska in the pools, but Ruska had to fake a foot injury to get some rest during that match. Ruska faced Nishimura in the other semi-final, and the Japanese judoka lasted the entire eight minutes, but Ruska was awarded the decision. Despite the hometown crowd, few gave Glahn a chance in the final, and Ruska dominated, winning with harai-goshi for ippon in 1:43.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wim Ruska 31 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Klaus Glahn 30 West Germany FRG Silver
3T Motoki Nishimura 25 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Givi Onashvili 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T Doug Rogers 31 Canada CAN
5T Jean-Claude Brondani 28 France FRA
7T M'Bagnick M'Bodj 32 Senegal SEN
7T Tijini Ben Kassou 21 Morocco MAR
9T Klaus Hennig 28 East Germany GDR
9T Larry Nelson 24 United States USA
11T Erich Butka 28 Austria AUT
11T Matthew Folan 30 Ireland IRL
11T Pierre Paris 25 Switzerland SUI
11T Santiago Ojeda 28 Spain ESP
11T Leslie MacPhail 20 Belgium BEL
16T Tommy Andrianatvoo 27 Madagascar MAD
16T Püreviin Dagvasüren 29 Mongolia MGL
16T Keith Remfry 24 Great Britain GBR
16T Mihály Petrovszky 21 Hungary HUN