Japan at the 1968 Summer Olympics

Japan competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. 171 competitors, 146 men and 25 women, took part in 97 events in 18 sports.[1]

Japan at the
1968 Summer Olympics
IOC codeJPN
NOCJapanese Olympic Committee
Websitewww.joc.or.jp (in Japanese) (in English)
in Mexico City
Competitors171 (146 men and 25 women) in 18 sports
Flag bearerYukio Endo
Medals
Ranked 3rd
Gold
11
Silver
7
Bronze
7
Total
25
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Medalists

Athletics

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Hiroomi Yamada Long jump 7.67 17 N/A 7.93w 10
Naoki Abe 7.58 22 N/A Did not advance
Shinji Ogura 7.57 24 N/A Did not advance
Tsugumichi Suzuki 10,000 metres N/A 30:52.0 19
Keisuke Sawaki N/A 31:25.2 27
Kenji Kimihara Marathon N/A 2:23:31

Boxing

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Watanabe Light Flyweight  Zaporozhets (URS)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Nakamura Flyweight Bye  Delgado (MEX)
L 0–5
Did not advance
Morioka' Flyweight Bye  Dowling (IRL)
W 4–1
 Sokolov (URS)
L 5–0

Canoeing

Sprint

men
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Tetsumasa Yamaguchi C-1 1000 metres 4:33.3 Qs 4:54.61 5 Did not advance
Tetsumasa Yamaguchi
Nobuatsu Yoshino
C-2 1000 m 3:58.44 5 QS 4:29.54 5 Did not advance

Cycling

One cyclist represented Japan in 1968.

Track

Sprint
Athlete Event Qualification Round 1 Repechage 1 Round 2 Repechage 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Sanji Inoue Men's Sprint  Kravtsov (URS)
L
Did not advance

    Road

    Men
    Athlete Event Time Rank
    Sanji Inoue time trial 1:07.54 19

    Diving

    Men
    Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
    Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
    Junji Yuasa 3 m springboard 86.80 18 Did not advance
    Junji Yuasa 10 m springboard 84.10 23 Did not advance
    Toshio Otsubo 83.18 24 Did not advance
    Yosuke Arimitsu 81.72 26 Did not advance
    Women
    Athlete Event Preliminaries Semifinals Final
    Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
    Keiko Osaki 3 m springboard DNS
    Keiko Osaki 10 m platform

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Five fencers, all men, represented Japan in 1968.

    Men's foil
    Men's team foil

    Football

    Groupplay
    Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Spain 321040+45
     Japan 312042+24
     Brazil 30214512
     Nigeria 30124951
    Japan 3 1 Nigeria
    Kamamoto  24'  72'  89' Report Okoye  33'
    Referee: Ramon Sagastume Marmol
    Brazil 1 1 Japan
    Ferretti  9' Report Watanabe  83'
    Spain 0 0 Japan
    Report
    Referee: Erwin Hieger
    Quarterfinals
    Japan 3 1 France
    Kamamoto  27'  59'
    Watanabe  70'
    Report Tamboueon  32'
    Referee: Seyoum Tarekegn
    Semi final
    Hungary 5 0 Japan
    Szűcs  30'  60'  75'
    Novák  53'  65'
    Report
    Bronze Medal Match
    Japan 2 0 Mexico
    Kamamoto  20'  40' Report
    Attendance: 105,000
    Referee: Abraham Klein

    Gymnastics

    Hockey

    Modern pentathlon

    Three male pentathletes represented Japan in 1968.

    Individual
    Team
    • Yuso Makihira
    • Katsuaki Tashiro
    • Toshio Fukui

    Rowing

    Men
    Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
    Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
    Tsugio Ito Single sculls 8:10.00 6 R 7:58.08 4 Did not advance
    Masatoshi Shimizu
    Tomio Murai
    Tadamasa Kato
    Shigeru Miyagawa
    Fumio Nakata
    Jujiro Tanaka
    Toshi Fukumasu
    Yoshinori Arai
    Katsumi Yamamoto (cox)
    Eight 6:34.79 6 R 6:44.37 5 FB N/A 6:52.02 6

    Shooting

    Six shooters, all men, represented Japan in 1968.

    Open
    Athlete Event Final
    Points Rank
    Takeo Kamachi 25 m rapid fire pistol 586 12
    Shigeto Kusunoki 50 m pistol 528 50
    Shigemi Saito 50 m rifle, prone 576 84
    Hiromu Sekine 585 60
    Makoto Shiraishi 25 m rapid fire pistol 582 23
    Yoshihisa Yoshikawa 50 m pistol 548 17

    Swimming

    Volleyball

    Men's Tournament

    groupplay
    Pts Matches Sets Points
    Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
    1  Soviet Union 17 8 1 26 8 3.250 464 326 1.423
    2  Japan 16 7 2 24 6 4.000 430 258 1.667
    3  Czechoslovakia 16 7 2 22 15 1.467 454 417 1.089
    4  East Germany 15 6 3 22 12 1.833 449 374 1.201
    5  Poland 15 6 3 18 11 1.636 371 281 1.320
    6  Bulgaria 13 4 5 16 17 0.941 379 385 0.984
    7  United States 13 4 5 15 18 0.833 383 414 0.925
    8  Belgium 11 2 7 6 24 0.250 239 417 0.573
    9  Brazil 10 1 8 8 25 0.320 357 469 0.761
    10  Mexico 9 0 9 6 27 0.222 289 474 0.610

    Women's Tournament

    Women's Team Competition
    • Round Robin
    • Defeated United States (3-0)
    • Defeated Mexico (3-0)
    • Defeated Peru (3-0)
    • Defeated Czechoslovakia (3-0)
    • Defeated Poland (3-0)
    • Defeated South Korea (3-0)
    • Lost to Soviet Union (1-3) → Silver Medal
    • Team Roster

    Water polo

    • Team Roster
    Grouplay
    Team Points G W D L GF GA Diff
    1.  Italy 1376104821+27
    2.  Yugoslavia 1175116518+47
    3.  East Germany 1175116622+44
    4.  Netherlands 974124228+14
    5.  Japan 67304265731
    6.  Mexico 37115275629
    7.  Greece 27106346228
    8.  Egypt 17016216544
     Italy 92  Japan
     Japan 87  Greece
     Netherlands 91  Japan
     Egypt 74  Japan
     East Germany 80  Japan
     Mexico 36  Japan
     Yugoslavia 17'0  Japan

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    References

    1. "Japan at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 4 August 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
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