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Judo at the 1972 Summer Olympics


Judo at the 1972 Summer Olympics

The Judo competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics was the return of the sport following its absence at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Medals were awarded in six weight classes, and competition was restricted to men only. Among the highlights was Willem Ruska of the Netherlands winning gold medals in both the heavyweight and open class competition, becoming the first judoka to win two olympic gold medals.


Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
63 kg
 Takao Kawaguchi
Japan (JPN)
vacant[1]  Kim Yong-Ik
North Korea (PRK)
 Jean-Jacques Mounier
France (FRA)
Half Middleweight
70 kg
 Toyokazu Nomura
Japan (JPN)
 Anton Zajkowski
Poland (POL)
 Dietmar Hötger
East Germany (GDR)
 Anatoliy Novikov
Soviet Union (URS)
80 kg
 Shinobu Sekine
Japan (JPN)
 Oh Seung-Lip
South Korea (KOR)
 Jean-Paul Coche
France (FRA)
 Brian Jacks
Great Britain (GBR)
93 kg
 Shota Chochishvili
Soviet Union (URS)
 David Starbrook
Great Britain (GBR)
 Paul Barth
West Germany (FRG)
 Chiaki Ishii
Brazil (BRA)
+93 kg
 Willem Ruska
Netherlands (NED)
 Klaus Glahn
West Germany (FRG)
 Motoki Nishimura
Japan (JPN)
 Givi Onashvili
Soviet Union (URS)
Open category
 Willem Ruska
Netherlands (NED)
 Vitali Kuznetsov
Soviet Union (URS)
 Jean-Claude Brondani
France (FRA)
 Angelo Parisi
Great Britain (GBR)
  1. ^ The silver medal was originally awarded to Bakaava Buidaa of Mongolia, but Buidaa was stripped of his medal after he tested positive for excessive caffeine.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 3 0 1 4
2  Netherlands (NED) 2 0 0 2
3  Soviet Union (URS) 1 1 2 4
4  Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 2 3
5  West Germany (FRG) 0 1 1 2
6  Poland (POL) 0 1 0 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
8  France (FRA) 0 0 3 3
9  Brazil (BRA) 0 0 1 1
 East Germany (GDR) 0 0 1 1
 North Korea (PRK) 0 0 1 1
Total 6 5 12 23


  • "Olympic Medal Winners".  
  • Videos of the 1972 Judo Summer Olympics
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