Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 26, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 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:|| Allen Coage
The two favorites were Sumio Endo of Japan and Sergey Novikov of the Soviet Union. Endo had won the 1975 World Championships, defeating Novikov in the final, while Novikov had won the 1976 European title. But the lack of a seeding system saw them drawn against each other in the opening round, with Novikov winning by decision. He made it to the final where he fought West Germany’s Günther Neureuther. At just over a minute, Novikov threw Neureuther with osoto-gari for ippon to win the gold medal. Endo came thru the repêchage to win bronze, joined by American Allen Coage, only the second American to win a judo medal.
|1||Serhiy Novikov||26||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|2||Günther Neureuther||20||West Germany||FRG||Silver|
|3T||Allen Coage||32||United States||USA||Bronze|
|9T||Pak Jong-Gil||25||North Korea||PRK|
|11||Keith Remfry||28||Great Britain||GBR|
|12T||Jaime Felipa||32||Netherlands Antilles||AHO|
|12T||José Chandri||29||Puerto Rico||PUR|