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Lightweight (≤68 kilograms), Men

Date20 October 1964 — 13:00-18:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNippon Budokan, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Participants24 from 18 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced judoka to single-elimination tournament.

The favorite was Takaehide Nakatani, for no other reason than that he was the Japanese entrant. Nakatani was in the second pool and won his two matches in under three minutes of total wrestling. American Paul Maruyama had won the first pool quite easily and was expected to challenge Nakatani, based on his performance. But in the quarter-finals, Nakatani threw Maruyam for ippon in only 24 seconds. In the semi-final, Nakatani faced the Soviet Oleg Stepanov who had fought him to a decision only the year before. But in Tokyo, Nakatani threw Stepanov twice for waza-ari, winning in 4:25. The other semi-final was won by the Swiss, Eric Hänni. The final was unusual. Nakatani gained a waza-ari early in the match. After one minute of combat, Nakatani pulled Hänni off his feet with de-ashi-barai, but it was ignored by the referee. Suddenly the judges stopped the contest, and began a long discussion with the referee. While the crowd grew restless, suddenly the referee declared another waza-ari for the de-ashi-barai and gave the decision to Nakatani.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Takehide NakataniJPNGold
2Eric HänniSUISilver
=3Oleg StepanovURSBronze
=3Ārons BoguļubovsURSBronze
=5Paul MaruyamaUSA
=5Chang Won-KuTPE
=5Gerhard ZotterAUT
=5Park Cheong-SamKOR
=9Karl ReisingerAUT
=9Brian JacksGBR
=9Brian DaltonAUS
=9Gaston LesturgeonFRA
=9René ArredondoMEX
=9Vicente UematsuPHI
=9Aurelio Chu YiPAN
=9André BourreauFRA
=9Eiam HarssarungsriTHA
=9Óscar KarpenkopfARG
=19Bruno CarmeniITA
=19Matthias SchießlederGER
=19Udom RatsamelongkornTHA
=19Seo Sang-CheolKOR
=19Ronald FordAUS
=19Nguyễn Văn BìnhVNM

Round One (20 October 1964)

Pool A (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Karl ReisingerAUT
Kinsa
Matthias SchießlederGER
Match #2 Paul MaruyamaUSA
Awase-waza
Matthias SchießlederGER
Match #3 Paul MaruyamaUSA
Awase-waza
Karl ReisingerAUT

Pool B (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Takehide NakataniJPN
Kami-shiho-gatame
Udom RatsamelongkornTHA
Match #2 Takehide NakataniJPN
Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame
Brian JacksGBR
Match #3 Brian JacksGBR
Harai-tsuri-komi-ashi
Udom RatsamelongkornTHA

Pool C (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Brian DaltonAUS
Kinsa
Seo Sang-CheolKOR
Match #2 Oleg StepanovURS
Kinsa
Brian DaltonAUS
Match #3 Oleg StepanovURS
Udehishigi-juji-gatame
Seo Sang-CheolKOR

Pool D (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Bruno CarmeniITA
Kinsa
Chang Won-KuTPE
Match #2 Chang Won-KuTPE
Waza-ari-chikai-waza
Gaston LesturgeonFRA
Match #3 Gaston LesturgeonFRA
Waza-ari-chikai-waza
Bruno CarmeniITA
Match #4 Chang Won-KuTPE
Deciding-Bout-Kinsa
Gaston LesturgeonFRA

Pool E (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Gerhard ZotterAUT
Uchi-mata
Vicente UematsuPHI
Match #2 Óscar KarpenkopfARG
Okuri-eri-jime
René ArredondoMEX
Match #3 René ArredondoMEX
Kinsa
Vicente UematsuPHI
Match #4 Vicente UematsuPHI bye
Match #5 Gerhard ZotterAUT
Kinsa
René ArredondoMEX
Match #6 Gerhard ZotterAUT
Kesa-gatame
Óscar KarpenkopfARG

Pool F (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Eric HänniSUI
Uchi-mata
Aurelio Chu YiPAN
Match #2 Aurelio Chu YiPAN bye
Match #3 Eric HänniSUI bye

Pool G (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Park Cheong-SamKOR
Kaeshi-waza
André BourreauFRA
Match #2 Park Cheong-SamKOR
Seoi-nage
Ronald FordAUS
Match #3 André BourreauFRA
Waza-ari-chikai-waza
Ronald FordAUS

Pool H (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Eiam HarssarungsriTHA
Waza-ari
Nguyễn Văn BìnhVNM
Match #2 Ārons BoguļubovsURS
Harai-makikomi
Nguyễn Văn BìnhVNM
Match #3 Ārons BoguļubovsURS
Udehishigi-juji-gatame
Eiam HarssarungsriTHA

Quarter-finals (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Takehide NakataniJPN
De-ashi-barai (0:24)
Paul MaruyamaUSA
Match #2 Oleg StepanovURS
Seukui-nage (2:10)
Chang Won-KuTPE
Match #3 Eric HänniSUI
Uchi-mata (0:44)
Gerhard ZotterAUT
Match #4 Ārons BoguļubovsURS
Waza-ari
Park Cheong-SamKOR

Semi-finals (20 October 1964)

Match #1 Takehide NakataniJPN
Awase-waza (4:25)
Oleg StepanovURS
Match #2 Eric HänniSUI
Kinsa
Ārons BoguļubovsURS

Final Round (20 October 1964)

Match 1/2 Takehide NakataniJPN
Awase-waza (1:15)
Eric HänniSUI