Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 29, 1976
Date Finished: July 29, 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.
|Bronze:|| Marian Tałaj
Vladimir Nevzorov (URS) had begun his sporting career as a wrestler, like many judoka, but by 1976 was a heavy favorite to win gold in Montréal in judo. He had won the 1975 World and European Championships. Japan’s representative in the class was Koji Kuramoto, bronze medalist at the 1975 Worlds. There were no surprises as these two made it to the final, with Nevzorov winning all his early bouts by ippon. The final was not close, although Kuramoto survived for the duration. But Nevzorov was the top judoka in Montréal and thoroughly dominated his Japanese foe. This ended Nevzorov’s short, but meteoric, career. He never again competed internationally.
|1||Vladimir Nevzorov||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5T||Lee Chang-Seon||20||South Korea||KOR|
|5T||Vass Morrison||24||Great Britain||GBR|
|7T||John Van Hoek||23||Australia||AUS|
|7T||Juan Carlos Rodríguez||20||Spain||ESP|
|11T||Dietmar Hötger||29||East Germany||GDR|
|13T||Patrick Burris||25||United States||USA|
|19T||Mok Cheuk Wing||27||Hong Kong||HKG|
|19T||Carlos Miranda||21||Puerto Rico||PUR|