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Judo at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Open Class

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Basketball Hall, Siegenburger Street, München
Date Started: September 9, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 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: URS Vitaly Kuznetsov
Bronze: FRA Jean-Claude Brondani
GBR Angelo Parisi


[Wim Ruska] had already won the heavyweight class, and his second victory was considered a foregone conclusion. He was twice World Champion, had won the European title seven times, and was a 10-time champion of the Netherlands. But in Pool B, Ruska was thrown by the Russian Soviet, [Vitaly Kuznetsov], who used te-guruma. When Kuznetsov won the pool, it allowed Ruska to continue in the repêchage, where he faced [Klaus Glahn] for the third time at the 1972 Olympics, and he came through to the semi-final, which he won to again face Kuznetsov in the final. To prevent Kuznetsov from using his wrestling moves, his plan was to take him to the ground. He did that at three minutes, and used yoko-shiho-gatame to win his second gold medal. Ruska retired after the München Olympics. He was striking with his light blonde hair, and very muscular. He followed [Anton Geesink] in going to Japan to wrestle professionally, where he was quite popular.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wim Ruska 31 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Vitaly Kuznetsov 31 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Jean-Claude Brondani 28 France FRA Bronze
3T Angelo Parisi 19 Great Britain GBR Bronze
5T Klaus Glahn 30 West Germany FRG
5T Doug Rogers 31 Canada CAN
7T Tijini Ben Kassou 21 Morocco MAR
7T Chiaki Ishii 30 Brazil BRA
9T Barry Johnson 24 Australia AUS
9T Luvsansharavyn Rentsendorj 26 Mongolia MGL
11T Johnny Watts 28 United States USA
11T Masatoshi Shinomaki 25 Japan JPN
11T Petr Jákl 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
11T Pavle Bajčetić 27 Yugoslavia YUG
11T Mihály Petrovszky 21 Hungary HUN
11T Matthew Folan 30 Ireland IRL
11T Fernando García 37 Philippines PHI
11T Antonio Gallina 24 Argentina ARG
19T Klaus Hennig 28 East Germany GDR
19T Abdoulaye Djiba 34 Senegal SEN
19T Juang Jen-Wuh 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
19T Johann Pollak 23 Austria AUT
19T Ueli Falk 22 Switzerland SUI
19T Epigmenio Exiga 22 Mexico MEX
19T Pierre Smets 22 Belgium BEL
19T Santiago Ojeda 28 Spain ESP