Japan's outstanding Judo fighter, 22-year-old university student, Jasuhiro Yamashita, has taken the world championship heavyweight gold medal in Paris, France.
Japan's outstanding Judo fighter, 22-year-old university student, Jasuhiro Yamashita, has taken the world championship heavyweight gold medal in Paris, France. The Soviet Union took the light-heavyweight gold medal.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union's gold medal came when Temor Khubuluri fought Belgium's Robert van de Walle in a close final. Khubuluri -- a squat and powerful Georgian -- beat van de Walle with four knock-downs to two. Van de Walle had earlier administered a severe reverse to the Japanese in a first round bout when he took a narrow decision over the favourite Hiroaki Ishikawa, who was badly off form.
The Japanese fought his way back through the repecharges only to lose the bronze medal to West German Guenter Neureuther, who left his opponent badly stunned with a devastating harai goshi -- a sweeping hip throw. Khubuluri knew as soon as the final siren sounded that the gold medal was his.
Yasuhiro Yamashita, all-Japan champion three times, faced France's Jean Luc-Rouge in the heavyweight final. The young university student took no chances against the wily French stylist who was fired by the capacity home crowd of six thousand in the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. Rouge, the 1975 World Light-Heavyweight Champion, tried to score with his vaunted leg throws...but Yamashita countered them skilfully.
Yamashita scored twice with o-soto-gari or major outer reaping throws, to win the seven minute contest. But, as in the preliminary rounds, he was never seriously threatened.