Judo at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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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.

Judo

Medal summary[edit]

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

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 3 0 1 4
2  Netherlands 2 0 0 2
3  Soviet Union 1 1 2 4
4  Great Britain 0 1 2 3
5  West Germany 0 1 1 2
6  Poland 0 1 0 1
 South Korea 0 1 0 1
8  France 0 0 3 3
9  Brazil 0 0 1 1
 East Germany 0 0 1 1
 North Korea 0 0 1 1
Total 6 5 12 23

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