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Judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Eagle's Nest Arena, California State University at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1984
Date Finished: August 9, 1984
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: KOR Ha Hyeong-Ju
Silver: BRA Douglas Vieira
Bronze: ISL Bjarni Friðriksson
FRG Günther Neureuther

Summary

Due to the Soviet boycott, the favorite’s role fell to the defending champion Belgium’s Robert Van de Walle. Also expected to challenge was West German Günther Neureuther. He had defeated Van de Walle at the 1984 Europeans, and was an Olympic silver medalist in 1976 in heavyweight. But a huge upset occurred in the first round, when unknown American Leo White defeated Van de Walle. In fact, it was such an upset that the referee mistakenly raised the Belgian’s hand before correcting his error. As White had little chance to make the final, and did not, this eliminated Van de Walle from medal contention. Eventually the final came down to two surprising judoka – Brazil’s Douglas Vieira and Korean Ha Hyeong-Ju, who had been bronze medalist at the 1981 World Championships. The final was a well-fought match but the yusei-gachi at the end went to Ha, who won the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ha Hyeong-Ju 22 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Douglas Vieira 24 Brazil BRA Silver
3T Bjarni Friðriksson 28 Iceland ISL Bronze
3T Günther Neureuther 28 West Germany FRG Bronze
5T Joseph Meli 28 Canada CAN
5T Juri Fazi 23 Italy ITA
7T Abdul Daffé 22 Senegal SEN
7T Masato Mihara 25 Japan JPN
9T John Adams 24 Dominican Republic DOM
9T Alberto Rubio 23 Spain ESP
11T Leo White 26 United States USA
11T Nicholas Kokotaylo 29 Great Britain GBR
13T Essambo Ewane 31 Cameroon CMR
13T Robert Köstenberger 27 Austria AUT
13T Tareq Al-Ghareeb 23 Kuwait KUW
13T Carsten Jensen 24 Denmark DEN
13T Abdel Majid Senoussi 24 Tunisia TUN
18T Fabián Lannutti 20 Argentina ARG
18T Roger Vachon 26 France FRA
18T Robert Van de Walle 30 Belgium BEL
18T Viliame Takayawa 35 Fiji FIJ
18T Metin Orgarun 23 Turkey TUR