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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
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: JPN Hideaki Yanagida
Silver: USA Rich Sanders
Bronze: HUN László Klinga


Japan’s [Hideaki Yanagida] had won the 1970 and 1971 World Championships and was a slight favorite, but American [Rich Sanders], 1968 Olympic silver medalist and 1969 World Champion in flyweight, was expected to challenge him. Form held, but in the fourth round Yanagida defeated Sanders by decision, which would determine the top two places. After six rounds, four wrestlers remained – Yanagida, Sanders, Hungarian [László Klinga], and Indian [Prem Nath]. Yanagida and Sanders won their matches by falls, defeating Nath and Klinga respectively, which eliminated them, giving Yanagida the gold medal and Sanders the silver.

After the Olympics Sanders decided to vacation in Europe but seven weeks later he was killed in a car accident in Skopje, Yugoslavia (now Macedonia). Yanagida never competed again internationally. Klinga won the bronze medal in München, based on fewer bad points than Nath.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Hideaki Yanagida 25 Japan JPN Gold
2 Rich Sanders 27 United States USA Silver
3 László Klinga 25 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Prem Nath 17 India IND
5 Ivan Shavov 28 Bulgaria BUL
6 Horst Mayer 26 East Germany GDR
7 Ramezan Kheder 28 Iran IRI
8 Jorge Ramos 23 Cuba CUB
AC Megdiin Khoilogdorj 24 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r4/7 8,0
AC Zbigniew Żedzicki 27 Poland POL Eliminated r4/7 8,5
AC Eduardo Maggiolo 28 Argentina ARG Eliminated r4/7 9,0
AC Risto Darlev 18 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r4/7 9,0
AC Ivan Kuleshov 25 Soviet Union URS Eliminated r4/7 9,5
AC Ghulam Sideer Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Nicolae Dumitru 22 Romania ROU Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC An Jae-Won 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/7 7,5
AC Amrik Singh Gill 21 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Georgios Khatziioannidis 21 Greece GRE Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Moises López 30 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Luis Fuentes 25 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Ditta Allah 24 Pakistan PAK Eliminated r2/7 6,0
AC Egon Beiler 19 Canada CAN Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Kazım Yıldırım 24 Turkey TUR Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Ernst Hack 25 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Juan Velarde 18 Peru PER Eliminated r2/7 7,5
AC Raymond Barry 22 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Arturo Tanaquin 31 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Hsu Chin-Hsiung 19 Chinese Taipei TPE Eliminated r2/7 8,0