Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Judo

Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place in the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall and featured 368 judoka competing for 14 gold medals with seven different weight categories in both the men's and women's competitions. Japan dominated the event by taking 8 gold and 2 silver medals.

Gold and silver medals in each weight class were determined by a single-elimination bracket. There was a repechage for those who are eliminated by one of the eventual semifinalists. Since there are four semifinalists, this means that four of the losers of the round of 32 (i.e., 25%) faced four of the losers from the round of 16 (50%). The winners of these matches faced the four judokas who have lost in the quarterfinals. The winners, then, of these four matches faced each other to narrow the repechage field down to two judokas. Until this stage, the repechage has been segregated into two distinct halves, with each successive competitor facing another one from the same half of the original bracket; but each of the two judokas who emerge from the repechage challenged the loser of the other bracket's semifinal. (Since these two always come from opposite halves of the original bracket, they could not have faced each other already.) The winners of these two matches were each awarded a bronze medal, making judo unusual among Olympic events in not determining a single third-place finisher.

There was controversy in the men's competition, when Iranian competitor and two-times world champion Arash Miresmaeili weighed in overweight and was disqualified before a match in which he would have faced Israeli judoka Ehud Vaks. Miresmaeili's comments strongly suggested that he had intentionally disqualified himself so as not to compete against an Israeli.[1]

Medal summary[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra-lightweight (60 kg)
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Tadahiro Nomura
 Japan
Nestor Khergiani
 Georgia
Khashbaataryn Tsagaanbaatar
 Mongolia
Choi Min-Ho
 South Korea
Half-lightweight (66 kg)
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Masato Uchishiba
 Japan
Jozef Krnáč
 Slovakia
Georgi Georgiev
 Bulgaria
Yordanis Arencibia
 Cuba
Lightweight (73 kg)
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Lee Won-Hee
 South Korea
Vitaliy Makarov
 Russia
Leandro Guilheiro
 Brazil
Jimmy Pedro
 United States
Half-middleweight (81 kg)
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Ilias Iliadis
 Greece
Roman Gontyuk
 Ukraine
Dmitri Nossov
 Russia
Flávio Canto
 Brazil
Middleweight (90 kg)
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Zurab Zviadauri
 Georgia
Hiroshi Izumi
 Japan
Mark Huizinga
 Netherlands
Khasanbi Taov
 Russia
Half-heavyweight (100 kg)
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Ihar Makarau
 Belarus
Jang Sung-Ho
 South Korea
Ariel Zeevi
 Israel
Michael Jurack
 Germany
Heavyweight (+100 kg)
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Keiji Suzuki
 Japan
Tamerlan Tmenov
 Russia
Indrek Pertelson
 Estonia
Dennis van der Geest
 Netherlands

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra-lightweight (48 kg)
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Ryoko Tani
 Japan
Frédérique Jossinet
 France
Gao Feng
 China
Julia Matijass
 Germany
Half-lightweight (52 kg)
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Xian Dongmei
 China
Yuki Yokosawa
 Japan
Ilse Heylen
 Belgium
Amarilis Savón
 Cuba
Lightweight (57 kg)
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Yvonne Bönisch
 Germany
Kye Sun-Hui
 North Korea
Deborah Gravenstijn
 Netherlands
Yurisleidy Lupetey
 Cuba
Half-middleweight (63 kg)
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Ayumi Tanimoto
 Japan
Claudia Heill
 Austria
Driulis González
 Cuba
Urška Žolnir
 Slovenia
Middleweight (70 kg)
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Masae Ueno
 Japan
Edith Bosch
 Netherlands
Qin Dongya
 China
Annett Böhm
 Germany
Half-heavyweight (78 kg)
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Noriko Anno
 Japan
Liu Xia
 China
Yurisel Laborde
 Cuba
Lucia Morico
 Italy
Heavyweight (+78 kg)
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Maki Tsukada
 Japan
Daima Beltrán
 Cuba
Tea Donguzashvili
 Russia
Sun Fuming
 China

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 8 2 0 10
2  China (CHN) 1 1 3 5
3  South Korea (KOR) 1 1 1 3
4  Georgia (GEO) 1 1 0 2
5  Germany (GER) 1 0 3 4
6  Belarus (BLR) 1 0 0 1
 Greece (GRE) 1 0 0 1
8  Russia (RUS) 0 2 3 5
9  Cuba (CUB) 0 1 5 6
10  Netherlands (NED) 0 1 3 4
11  Austria (AUT) 0 1 0 1
 France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
 North Korea (PRK) 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia (SVK) 0 1 0 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 0 1 0 1
16  Brazil (BRA) 0 0 2 2
17  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
 Bulgaria (BUL) 0 0 1 1
 Estonia (EST) 0 0 1 1
 Israel (ISR) 0 0 1 1
 Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
 Mongolia (MGL) 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 1 1
 United States (USA) 0 0 1 1
Total 14 14 28 56

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mystery over Iran judo 'protest'", BBC, August 15, 2004