Judo at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's open category

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The open category was a judo event held as part of the Judo at the 1964 Summer Olympics programme. The weight class allowed judokas of any weight. The competition was held on Friday, October 23, 1964.[1]

Nine judokas from nine nations competed. The final is featured in the Kon Ichikawa film, Tokyo Olympiad.


Gold Silver Bronze
Anton Geesink
Akio Kaminaga
Theodore Boronovskis
Klaus Glahn
 United Team of Germany


Elimination round[edit]

The nine competitors were divided into three pools of three. Each pool played a round-robin tournament, with the winner of the pool advancing to the semifinals. The second-place judoka in each group moved on to a relegation pool, in which the three of them played another round-robin with the winner becoming the fourth semifinalist.

Pool A

Place Judoka Score Qual.
1  Anton Geesink (NED) 2–0 QQ
2  Akio Kaminaga (JPN) 1–1 QR
3  David Petherbridge (GBR) 0–2

Pool B

Place Judoka Score Qual.
1  Theodore Boronovskis (AUS) 2–0 QQ
2  John Ryan (IRL) 1–1 QR
3  Ali Hachicha (TUN) 0–2

Pool C

Place Judoka Score Qual.
1  Klaus Glahn (EUA) 2–0 QQ
2  Ben Nighthorse Campbell (USA) 1–1
3  Thomas Ong (PHI) 0–2 QR


Campbell's injury, sustained during his match with Glahn, forced him to retire. Ong took his place in the repechage group. Kaminaga defeated both other judokas to move on to the semifinals.

Repechage pool

Place Judoka Score Qual.
1  Akio Kaminaga (JPN) 2–0 QQ
2  John Ryan (IRL) 1–1
3  Thomas Ong (PHI) 0–2

Knockout rounds[edit]

The remaining four judokas competed in a single elimination bracket. Both losers in the semifinals won bronze medals. Kaminaga, who had advanced through the repechage, defeated Glahn to earn a rematch against Geesink. Geesink, who had defeated the Japanese judoka in the first round, did so again in the final match.

October 23
October 23
1  Anton Geesink (NED) Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi
4  Theodore Boronovskis (AUS) 0:12
 Anton Geesink (NED) Kesa-gatame
 Akio Kaminaga (JPN) 9:22
3  Akio Kaminaga (JPN) Tai-otoshi
2  Klaus Glahn (EUA) 4:10

Noted Participants[edit]

Campbell would go on to serve in the United States Senate.


  • Tokyo Organizing Committee (1964). The Games of the XVIII Olympiad: Tokyo 1964, vol. 2.


  1. ^ "Judo at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Men's Open Class". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 May 2018.