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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 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: JPN Takao Kawaguchi
Bronze: PRK Kim Yong-Ik
FRA Jean-Jacques Mounier


The two favorites were [Takao Kawaguchi] of Japan, 1971 World Champion, and [Jean-Jacques Monnier], who had won the European title from 1970-73. Both made the semi-finals and Kawaguchi easily advanced to the final. In the second semi, Monnier faced the Mongolian, [Bakhvain Buyadaa], who was unknown and had little experience in judo. His training was in wrestling, and he did not even know his belt was supposed to go twice around his waist. But Buyadaa mauled Monnier in the match with his wrestling moves, and won by decision. The final was anti-climactic, as Buyadaa was no match for Kawaguchi’s skills. He took Buyadaa down in nine seconds with kami-shiho-gatame and held it for 30 seconds to win. A few days later, Buyadaa became the first Olympic judoka with a positive doping test, in this case for Dianabol, an anabolic steroid. His medal was removed, but the other athletes were not moved and second place in this class is considered vacant.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Takao Kawaguchi 22 Japan JPN Gold
3T Kim Yong-Ik 25 North Korea PRK Bronze
3T Jean-Jacques Mounier 23 France FRA Bronze
5T Wolfram Koppen 33 West Germany FRG
5T Héctor Rodríguez 21 Cuba CUB
7T Cheng Chi-Hsiang 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
7T Ferenc Szabó 23 Hungary HUN
9T Han Seong-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR
9T Edward Mullen 23 Great Britain GBR
11T Karl-Heinz Werner 22 East Germany GDR
11T Marian Tałaj 21 Poland POL
13T Gustaaf Lauwereins 31 Belgium BEL
13T Roberto Pacheco 20 Puerto Rico PUR
13T Marcel Burkhard 20 Switzerland SUI
13T Sergey Suslin 27 Soviet Union URS
13T Stanko Topolčnik 24 Yugoslavia YUG
13T Renato Repuyan 27 Philippines PHI
19T Juan Chalas 16 Dominican Republic DOM
19T Moustafa Belhmira 22 Morocco MAR
19T Giuseppe Tommasi 26 Italy ITA
19T Xavier Boissy 28 Senegal SEN
19T Ken Okada 22 United States USA
19T Iwan Blijd 19 Suriname SUR
19T Erich Pointner 22 Austria AUT
19T Robin Moffitt 26 Australia AUS
19T Louis Rabetrano 18 Madagascar MAD
19T Alan Sakai 17 Canada CAN
19T Anto Clarke 28 Ireland IRL
AC Bakhvain Buyadaa 26 Mongolia MGL DQ