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Judo at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 27, 1976
Date Finished: July 27, 1976
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the winner of each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: JPN Kazuhiro Ninomiya
Silver: URS Ramaz Kharshiladze
Bronze: SUI Jürg Röthlisberger
GBR David Starbrook


[Kazuhiro Ninomiya] was Japan’s surprising selection for this category. He had been World Champion in 1973 in the open class, and silver medalist in 1975, but lost weight to drop down to this class. The 1975 World Champion in half-heavyweight had been France’s [Jean-Luc Rougé]. He was present in Montréal but did not make the semi-finals or the repêchage round. He lost in the semis of Pool A to [David Starbrook], silver medalist in 1972. Ninomiya made it to the final, where he faced [Ramaz Kharshiladze], a Soviet Georgian who had been bronze medalist at the 1975 Worlds. Ninomiya dominated the final, never being in danger, although Harshiladze avoided ippon and waza-ari. Starbrook won one repêchage for a bronze medal, joined by the Swiss, [Jürg Röthlisberger].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kazuhiro Ninomiya 29 Japan JPN Gold
2 Ramaz Kharshiladze 25 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T David Starbrook 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Jürg Röthlisberger 21 Switzerland SUI Bronze
5T Jo Jae-Gi 26 South Korea KOR
5T Dietmar Lorenz 26 East Germany GDR
7T An Ung-Nam 28 North Korea PRK
7T Abdoulaye Djiba 38 Senegal SEN
9T Fahed Salem 22 Kuwait KUW
10T Jean-Luc Rougé 27 France FRA
10T Johan Schåltz 22 Sweden SWE
12T Carlos Pacheco 19 Brazil BRA
12T Jorge Portelli 25 Argentina ARG
12T Arthur Schnabel 27 West Germany FRG
12T Tommy Martin 19 United States USA
12T Antoni Reiter 26 Poland POL
12T Jorge Comrie 25 Panama PAN
18T José Ibañez 24 Cuba CUB
18T José Cornavaca 20 Nicaragua NCA
18T Dambajavyn Tsend–Ayuush 24 Mongolia MGL
18T László Ipacs 30 Hungary HUN
18T Willem Maduro Netherlands Antilles AHO
18T Robert Van de Walle 22 Belgium BEL
18T Paul Büchel 23 Liechtenstein LIE
18T Koh Eng Kian 19 Singapore SIN
18T Tsancho Atanasov 21 Bulgaria BUL
18T Eliudis Benítez 21 Puerto Rico PUR
18T Gísli Þorsteinsson 23 Iceland ISL
18T Johann Pollak 27 Austria AUT
30T Goran Žuvela 27 Yugoslavia YUG
30T Mario Vecchi 18 Italy ITA
30T Joseph Meli 20 Canada CAN