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Judo at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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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.

Gold: URS Vladimir Nevzorov
Silver: JPN Koji Kuramoto
Bronze: POL Marian Tałaj
FRA Patrick Vial

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vladimir Nevzorov 23 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Koji Kuramoto 24 Japan JPN Silver
3T Patrick Vial 29 France FRA Bronze
3T Marian Tałaj 25 Poland POL Bronze
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
9T António Roquete 21 Portugal POR
9T Thomas Hagmann 22 Switzerland SUI
11T Dietmar Hötger 29 East Germany GDR
11T Ezio Gamba 17 Italy ITA
13T Georgi Georgiev 28 Bulgaria BUL
13T Oscar Strático 20 Argentina ARG
13T Shagdaryn Chanrav 27 Mongolia MGL
13T Patrick Burris 25 United States USA
13T Lamine Wade 32 Senegal SEN
13T Roberto Machusso 22 Brazil BRA
19T Mok Cheuk Wing 27 Hong Kong HKG
19T Fahad Al-Farhan 21 Kuwait KUW
19T Rafet Güngör 26 Turkey TUR
19T Wayne Erdman 24 Canada CAN
19T Yona Melnik 27 Israel ISR
19T Károly Molnár 22 Hungary HUN
19T Jhonny MacKay 22 Ecuador ECU
19T Carlos Miranda 21 Puerto Rico PUR