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Middleweight (≤80 kilograms), Men

Date 2 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationRinger-Judo-Halle, Messegelände (Halle 14), München
Participants35 from 35 countries
FormatTwo 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.

The Japanese entrant, Shinobu Sekine, had won the All-Japan Championships a few months earlier and was considered the favorite. Also considered was Jean-Paul Coche, who had won the European title in May. Sekine won his first three matches, but then lost to Oh Seung-Lip of Korea. Fortunately, Oh won the pool, allowing Sekine to advance via the repêchage. In the semi-final he faced Brian Jacks of Great Britain, and defeated him via decision. In the other semi, Oh faced Coche, and threw him with osoto-gari in four minutes. The final was thus a re-match between Oh and Sekine. There was little action in the match, which was closely fought. Lasting the entire 10 minutes, Sekine won the gold medal by split decision.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Shinobu SekineJPNGold
2Oh Seung-RipKORSilver
=3Brian JacksGBRBronze
=3Jean-Paul CocheFRABronze
=5Lutz LischkaAUT
=5Guram GogolauriURS
=7Gerd EggerFRG
=7Petr JáklTCH
=9Cherdpong PunsoniTHA
=9Simo AkreniusFIN
=11Slavko ObadovYUG
=11Rick LittlewoodNZL
=13Martin PoglajenNED
=13Philip IllingworthCAN
=13Lhofei ShiozawaBRA
=13Alex BijkerkAUS
=13Philippe AubertSUI
=13László IpacsHUN
=19Irwin CohenUSA
=19Jean de Dieu RazafimahatratraMAD
=19Choidoryn ÖvgönkhüüMGL
=19Carlos SociasDOM
=19Chang Ping-HoTPE
=19Tommy TegelgårdSWE
=19Antonio GallinaARG
=19Luis ArredondoMEX
=19Isaac AzcuyCUB
=19Boubker SlimaniMAR
=19Rudolf HendelGDR
=19Orlando FerreiraPOR
=19Terry WattIRL
=19Adam AdamczykPOL
=33Raymond CoulibalyMLI
=33Jonas CisséSEN
=33Wadih GosnLBN

Pool A (2 September 1972)

Round One (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Guram GogolauriURS
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (5:55)
Jonas CisséSEN
Match #2 Chang Ping-HoTPE
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (1:22)
Raymond CoulibalyMLI

Round Two (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Guram GogolauriURS
Kesa-gatame (3:25)
Irwin CohenUSA
Match #2 Martin PoglajenNED
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (1:13)
Jean de Dieu RazafimahatratraMAD
Match #3 Slavko ObadovYUG
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Choidoryn ÖvgönkhüüMGL
Match #4 Philip IllingworthCAN
Te-guruma (0:25)
Carlos SociasDOM
Match #5 Jean-Paul CocheFRA
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Chang Ping-HoTPE
Match #6 Lhofei ShiozawaBRA
De-ashi-barai (3:03)
Tommy TegelgårdSWE
Match #7 Brian JacksGBR
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (0:46)
Simo AkreniusFIN
Match #8 Gerd EggerFRG
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Luis ArredondoMEX

Quarter-Finals (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Guram GogolauriURS
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Martin PoglajenNED
Match #2 Slavko ObadovYUG
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Philip IllingworthCAN
Match #3 Jean-Paul CocheFRA
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Lhofei ShiozawaBRA
Match #4 Brian JacksGBR
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Gerd EggerFRG

Semi-Finals (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Guram GogolauriURS
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Slavko ObadovYUG
Match #2 Brian JacksGBR
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Jean-Paul CocheFRA

Final Round (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Brian JacksGBR
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Guram GogolauriURS

Repêchage (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Gerd EggerFRG
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Simo AkreniusFIN
Match #2 Jean-Paul CocheFRA
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Gerd EggerFRG
Repêchage Final Jean-Paul CocheFRA
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Guram GogolauriURS

Pool B (2 September 1972)

Round One (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Philippe AubertSUI
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (0:56)
Wadih GosnLBN

Round Two (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Philippe AubertSUI
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Isaac AzcuyCUB
Match #2 Lutz LischkaAUT
Tai-otoshi (2:00)
Boubker SlimaniMAR
Match #3 Petr JáklTCH
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Rudolf HendelGDR
Match #4 Oh Seung-RipKOR
Harai-tsuri-komi-ashi (2:40)
Cherdpong PunsoniTHA
Match #5 Alex BijkerkAUS
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Terry WattIRL
Match #6 Rick LittlewoodNZL
Kami-shiho-gatame (2:12)
Adam AdamczykPOL
Match #7 László IpacsHUN
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Antonio GallinaARG
Match #8 Shinobu SekineJPN
Tai-otoshi (0:48)
Orlando FerreiraPOR

Quarter-Finals (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Lutz LischkaAUT
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Philippe AubertSUI
Match #2 Oh Seung-RipKOR
Harai-tsuri-komi-ashi (1:41)
Petr JáklTCH
Match #3 Rick LittlewoodNZL
Tate-shiho-gatame (0:49)
Alex BijkerkAUS
Match #4 Shinobu SekineJPN
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (4:46)
László IpacsHUN

Semi-Finals (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Oh Seung-RipKOR
Seoi-nage (1:01)
Lutz LischkaAUT
Match #2 Shinobu SekineJPN
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Rick LittlewoodNZL

Final Round (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Oh Seung-RipKOR
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Shinobu SekineJPN

Repêchage (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Petr JáklTCH
Tsuri-komi-goshi (0:20)
Cherdpong PunsoniTHA
Match #2 Lutz LischkaAUT
Tai-otoshi (0:26)
Petr JáklTCH
Repêchage Final Shinobu SekineJPN
Tai-otoshi (2:32)
Lutz LischkaAUT

Semi-Finals (2 September 1972)

Match #1 Oh Seung-RipKOR
O-soto-gari (3:59)
Jean-Paul CocheFRA
Match #2 Shinobu SekineJPN
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Brian JacksGBR

Final Round (2 September 1972)

Match 1/2 Shinobu SekineJPN
Yusei-gachi (1:00)
Oh Seung-RipKOR