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Judo at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 28, 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: JPN Isamu Sonoda
Silver: URS Valeriy Dvoinikov
Bronze: YUG Slavko Obadov
KOR Park Yeong-Cheol

Summary

Shozo Fujii had won the last three World Championships but was not in Montréal. He had lost the All-Japan competition to Isamu Sonoda, who was chosen for the Olympic team based on that event. The surprise of the class was Valery Dvoynikov (URS). He was silver medalist in the 1975 Worlds, and was 1976 European Champion, but in the 70 kg. class. He had moved up to 80 kg. in only a few months time. Sonoda and Dvoinikov made it to the final where they fought a spirited match. But Sonoda was too quick and strong for the Soviet judoka, winning the gold medal although the match lasted the full 10 minutes.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Isamu Sonoda 29 Japan JPN Gold
2 Valeriy Dvoinikov 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Park Yeong-Cheol 22 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Slavko Obadov 28 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
5T José Luis de Frutos 26 Spain ESP
5T Fred Marhenke 26 West Germany FRG
7T Paul Buganey 23 Australia AUS
7T Süheyl Yeşilnur 23 Turkey TUR
9T Ricardo Elmont Suriname SUR
9T Jong In-Chol 18 North Korea PRK
11T Brian Jacks 29 Great Britain GBR
11T Jurek Jatowitt 24 Austria AUT
13T Carlos Motta 21 Brazil BRA
13T Walter Huber 18 Venezuela VEN
13T Jean-Paul Coche 28 France FRA
13T Endre Kiss 28 Hungary HUN
13T Teimoc Jonston-Ono 20 United States USA
13T Adam Adamczyk 25 Poland POL
19T Assane N'Doye 23 Senegal SEN
19T Ibrahim Muzaffer 23 Kuwait KUW
19T Daniel Guldemont 22 Belgium BEL
19T Viðar Guðjohnsen 18 Iceland ISL
19T Fritz Kaiser 21 Liechtenstein LIE
19T Pedro Santos 21 Puerto Rico PUR
19T Rainer Fischer 26 Canada CAN
19T Gandolgoryn Batsükh 28 Mongolia MGL
19T Detlef Ultsch 20 East Germany GDR