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Judo at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 30, 1976
Date Finished: July 30, 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: CUB Héctor Rodríguez
Silver: KOR Jang Eun-Gyeong
Bronze: ITA Felice Mariani
HUN József Tuncsik

Summary

The favorite was Japan’s Yoshiha Minami, who had won the last two World Championships, and was the 1976 All-Japan champion. The 1976 European Champion, Hungary’s József Tuncsik, was also considered a medal challenger. But in round one, Minami faced France’s Yves Delvingt. The match was a defensive struggle but Delvingt’s victory was not in doubt at the end. Delvingt then lost to Italy’s Felice Mariani, which put Minami out of any chance of even a consolation bronze. The final came down to two unheralded judoka, Cuba’s Héctor Rodríguez and Korea’s Jang Eun-Gyeong. The final was described in one source as “complicated.” Rodríguez had the lead early, but twice countered with kosoto-gari. They then began to accrue penalties for passivity. Finally, Rodríguez went to the mat, appearing to injure his ribs. Bandaged by the Cuban doctor, he fought back to take the lead, and the match went the duration. At first, the referee mistakenly awarded the title to Jang, who jumped up in to the air in jubilation. But the mistake was quickly corrected, as Rodríguez won the first Cuban judo gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Héctor Rodríguez 24 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Jang Eun-Gyeong 25 South Korea KOR Silver
3T József Tuncsik 26 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Felice Mariani 22 Italy ITA Bronze
5T Erich Pointner 25 Austria AUT
5T Marian Standowicz 20 Poland POL
7T José Gomes 22 Portugal POR
7T Brad Farrow 19 Canada CAN
9 Pakit Santhisiri 27 Thailand THA
10T Yves Delvingt 23 France FRA
10T Bakhvain Buyadaa 30 Mongolia MGL
12T Angelo Ruiz 18 Puerto Rico PUR
12T Ivan Vidmajer 26 Yugoslavia YUG
12T Yoshiha Minami 24 Japan JPN
12T Parvan Parvanov 24 Bulgaria BUL
12T Connie Alexander 26 Great Britain GBR
12T Osman Yanar 23 Turkey TUR
18T Papa M'Bengue 23 Senegal SEN
18T Warren Richards 26 Australia AUS
18T Kamal Al-Athari 17 Kuwait KUW
18T Gerardo Padilla 17 Mexico MEX
18T David Saad Lebanon LIB
18T Alexander Leibkind 23 West Germany FRG
18T Joseph Bost 19 United States USA
18T Oleg Zurabiani 19 Soviet Union URS
18T Enrique del Valle 17 Ecuador ECU
18T Manuel Luna 30 Venezuela VEN