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Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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.

Judo
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
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VenueAno Liossia Olympic Hall
Dates14 – 20 August 2004
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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 summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

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 eventsEdit

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 tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Greece)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Japan82010
2  China1135
3  South Korea1113
4  Georgia1102
5  Germany1034
6  Belarus1001
  Greece*1001
8  Russia0235
9  Cuba0156
10  Netherlands0134
11  Austria0101
  France0101
  North Korea0101
  Slovakia0101
  Ukraine0101
16  Brazil0022
17  Belgium0011
  Bulgaria0011
  Estonia0011
  Israel0011
  Italy0011
  Mongolia0011
  Slovenia0011
  United States0011
Totals (24 nations)14142856

ReferencesEdit

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

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