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Judo at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Open Class

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 31, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 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 Haruki Uemura
Silver: GBR Keith Remfry
Bronze: KOR Jo Jae-Gi
URS Shota Chochishvili

Summary

The gold and silver medalists at the last two World Championships had been the Japanese fighters Haruki Uemura and Kazuhiro Ninomiya. Ninomiya was champion in 1973 and Uemura in 1975. But only one could represent Japan in this class at Montréal, so Ninomiya lost weight to drop down to half-heavyweight. Uemura was the favorite, but was expected to face a challenge from Soviet Georgian Shota Chochishvili. They met in the pool final, with Uemura winning a safe victory by decision. Chochoshvili won his repêchage match for a bronze medal. In the final, Uemura faced Britain’s Keith Remfry, who had placed =5th in the heavyweight class. Uemura was much smaller but also much faster. At six minutes, Uemura used o-uchi-gari to throw Remfrey and then using kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame for the victory.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Haruki Uemura 25 Japan JPN Gold
2 Keith Remfry 28 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Shota Chochishvili 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Jo Jae-Gi 26 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Jorge Portelli 25 Argentina ARG
5T Jean-Luc Rougé 27 France FRA
7T Pak Jong-Gil 25 North Korea PRK
7T Günther Neureuther 20 West Germany FRG
9T Vladimír Novák 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Klaus Wallas 23 Austria AUT
11T Jimmy Wooley 27 United States USA
11T Radomir Kovačević 22 Yugoslavia YUG
11T Imre Varga 30 Hungary HUN
11T José Ibañez 24 Cuba CUB
11T Johan Schåltz 22 Sweden SWE
16T Hans-Jakob Schädler 30 Liechtenstein LIE
16T Tom Greenway 19 Canada CAN
16T Markku Airio 24 Finland FIN
16T José Chandri 29 Puerto Rico PUR
16T Waldemar Zausz 24 Poland POL
16T Dietmar Lorenz 26 East Germany GDR
16T José Cornavaca 20 Nicaragua NCA
16T Abdoulaye Djiba 38 Senegal SEN