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Judo at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: URS Serhiy Novikov
Silver: FRG Günther Neureuther
Bronze: USA Allen Coage
JPN Sumio Endo

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Serhiy Novikov 26 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Günther Neureuther 20 West Germany FRG Silver
3T Sumio Endo 25 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Allen Coage 32 United States USA Bronze
5T Güsemiin Jalaa 27 Mongolia MGL
5T Mihály Petrovszky 25 Hungary HUN
7T Abdoulaye Kote 21 Senegal SEN
7T Radomir Kovačević 22 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Pak Jong-Gil 25 North Korea PRK
10 Klaus Wallas 23 Austria AUT
11 Keith Remfry 28 Great Britain GBR
12T Jaime Felipa 32 Netherlands Antilles AHO
12T José Chandri 29 Puerto Rico PUR
12T Emil Petrunov 21 Bulgaria BUL
12T Rémi Berthet 28 France FRA
12T Vladimír Novák 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Hans-Jakob Schädler 30 Liechtenstein LIE
17T Waldemar Zausz 24 Poland POL
17T Markku Airio 24 Finland FIN