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Wrestling at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight, 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 Kiyomi Kato
Silver: URS Arsen Alakhverdiyev
Bronze: PRK Kim Gwong-Hyong


There was no clear favorite in this class, but Japan’s [Kiyomi Kato] dominated the early rounds. After six rounds he had only 1½ bad points, and led over Soviet [Arsen Alakhverdiyev], and North Korean [Kim Gwong-Hyong], who both had 5½ bad points. Kato then decisively defeated both of them in the final round to win the gold medal easily. Kim and Alakhverdiyev drew in their match, but Alakhverdiyev won the silver medal on an arcane tie-breaker.

Kato had no significant international record prior to the 1972 Olympics, the highlight being a silver at the 1970 Asian Games, and none afterwards. Alakhverdiyev had won the 1972 European Championships and would win that title again in 1973 and 1975. As always, Kim had no known international record, as North Korea rarely let their athletes venture out of the country except for the Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Kiyomi Kato 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Arsen Alakhverdiyev 23 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Kim Gwong-Hyong 26 North Korea PRK Bronze
4 Sudesh Kumar 22 India IND
5 Petre Ciarnău 29 Romania ROU
6 Gordon Bertie 24 Canada CAN
AC John Kinsella 22 Australia AUS Eliminated r4/7 7,0
AC Henrik Gál 25 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/7 7,0
AC Ali Rıza Alan 25 Turkey TUR Eliminated r4/7 7,5
AC Vincenzo Grassi 33 Italy ITA Eliminated r4/7 8,0
AC Kim Yeong-Jun 24 South Korea KOR Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Andrzej Kudelski 20 Poland POL Eliminated r3/7 7,0
AC Dorjzovdyn Ganbat 22 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r3/7 7,5
AC Jimmy Carr 17 United States USA Eliminated r3/7 8,0
AC Florentino Martínez 28 Mexico MEX Eliminated r3/7 9,0
AC Bayu Baev 31 Bulgaria BUL Withdrew r3/7 2,0
AC Miguel Alonso 20 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/7 6,5
AC Mohammad Arref Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Mario Sabatini 29 West Germany FRG Eliminated r2/7 7,0
AC Pedro Piñeda 17 Guatemala GUA Eliminated r2/7 7,5
AC Wanelge Castillo 27 Panama PAN Eliminated r2/7 7,5
AC Willi Bock 25 East Germany GDR Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Javier León 19 Peru PER Eliminated r2/7 8,0
AC Mohammad Ghorbani 29 Iran IRI Withdrew r2/7 4,0