He not only repeated his win at the 1965 Worlds, but also was the lone non-Japanese judo gold medalist at the 1964 Olympics - which must have been a bitter result for the Tokyo home crowd.
Geesink quit competition in 1967, after a career in which he earned seven European titles (and two third-places), in addition to the two World titles and the Olympic gold. In 1987, he became a member of the International Olympic Committee, and in 1997 earned an honorary doctorate from Kokushikan University, renown for its success and reverence for judo.
To date, Japan's still the top nation in the sport, with 287 total medals at the Worlds (France is far behind in second with 145). But Geesink's legacy reverberates still - the Netherlands has a respectable 7th all-time place in medals at Worlds (with 75), and the same at the Olympics (seven). An imposing man at 6'6", Geesink obviously still looms large in the sport.