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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Wrestling-Judo Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 14), München
Date Started: September 5, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 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.

Gold: URS Rustem Kazakov
Silver: FRG Hans-Jürgen Veil
Bronze: FIN Risto Björlin


The 1969 and 1971 World Champion was [Rustem Kazakov] and he was favored. It took seven rounds to eliminate all but two wrestlers, with Kazakov meeting German favorite [Hans-Jürgen Veil] for the title. Kazakov had little trouble, throwing Veil in 2:58 to win the gold medal, as expected. He defending gold medalist was Hungarian [János Varga], who was eliminated in the seventh round, and placed fourth, just behind Finn [Risto Björlin], the 1969 European Champion.

Kazakov won another World title in 1973 but retired in 1975. Veil never appeared on the podium at any other major international tournament. Björlin was competing in his third Olympics, winning his first medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Rustem Kazakov 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Hans-Jürgen Veil 25 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Risto Björlin 27 Finland FIN Bronze
4 János Varga 32 Hungary HUN
5 Khristo Traykov 24 Bulgaria BUL
6 Ion Baciu 28 Romania ROU
7 Ikuei Yamamoto 27 Japan JPN
AC Józef Lipień 23 Poland POL Eliminated r4/8 8,0
AC Luís Grilo 26 Portugal POR Eliminated r4/8 8,5
AC Jan Neckář 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Eliminated r4/8 9.5
AC Othon Moskhidis 30 Greece GRE Eliminated r4/8 9,5
AC Per Lindholm 19 Sweden SWE Eliminated r4/8 9,5
AC Karlo Čović 27 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r3/8 6,0
AC Ali Lachkar 22 Morocco MAR Eliminated r3/8 6,5
AC Francesco Scuderi 23 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/8 7,0
AC Chimedbazaryn Damdinsharav 27 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r3/8 7,5
AC An Cheon-Yeong 28 South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/8 8,0
AC Harald Hervig 24 Norway NOR Withdrew r3/8 4,0
AC Ernst Hack 25 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/8 6,0
AC Dave Hazewinkel 27 United States USA Eliminated r2/8 6,0
AC Eduardo Maggiolo 28 Argentina ARG Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC Wolfgang Radmacher 25 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/8 7,0
AC Alam Mir Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/8 7,5
AC Juan Velarde 18 Peru PER Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Rogelio Famatid 28 Philippines PHI Eliminated r2/8 8,0
AC Fawzi Salloum 29 Syria SYR Withdrew r2/8 2,0
AC Jørn Krogsgaard 25 Denmark DEN Withdrew r2/8 4,0
AC Firouz Alizadeh 25 Iran IRI Withdrew r2/8 4,0
AC Alfredo López 24 Mexico MEX Withdrew r2/8 4,0