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Judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Half-Lightweight

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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 5, 1984
Date Finished: August 5, 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: JPN Yoshiyuki Matsuoka
Silver: KOR Hwang Jeong-O
Bronze: FRA Marc Alexandre
AUT Pepi Reiter

Summary

The 1983 World Champion was Nikolay Solodukhin of the USSR, the defending gold medalist in the event. He would have been heavily favored. In his absence, Japan’s Yoshiyuki Matsuoka, runner-up to Solodukhin in 1983, was considered the likely winner. Others to watch were Marc Alexandre (FRA), the 1984 European Champion, and Korean Hwang Jeong-O, bronze medalist at the 1981 Worlds. The two pool finals were very different matches. Alexandre met Matsuoka in what would have been a great final. The Japanese attacked from the start, but Alexandre countered and it was not until the final seconds that Matsuoka made it thru to the gold medal match. The other pool final was met by derisive boos, as Hwang met Italy’s Sandro Rosati, and the match was marked by multiple passivity warnings, and very little wrestling. In the final, Matsuoka continued to show his dominance, as Hwang was never in the match, but did last for seven minutes, with Matsuoka winning with a yuko by seoi-nage at the five minute mark.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yoshiyuki Matsuoka 27 Japan JPN Gold
2 Hwang Jeong-O 26 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Marc Alexandre 24 France FRA Bronze
3T Pepi Reiter 25 Austria AUT Bronze
5T Sandro Rosati 26 Italy ITA
5T Stephen Gawthorpe 26 Great Britain GBR
7T Sérgio Sano 21 Brazil BRA
7T Constantin Niculae 29 Romania ROU
9T Chong Siao Chin 27 Hong Kong HKG
9T Philip Laats 21 Belgium BEL
11 Jörgen Häggqvist 22 Sweden SWE
12T Franc Očko 24 Yugoslavia YUG
12T Lucas Chanson 21 Switzerland SUI
14T Bienvenu Mbida Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
14T Brad Farrow 27 Canada CAN
14T Jimmy Arévalo 24 Ecuador ECU
14T Alpaslan Ayan 18 Turkey TUR
14T Alfredo Chinchilla 22 Norway NOR
14T James Rohleder 29 West Germany FRG
20T Mohamed Soubei 30 Egypt EGY
20T Rui Rosa 22 Portugal POR
20T Gerardo Padilla 25 Mexico MEX
20T Jesskiel Bikidick 30 Cameroon CMR
20T Max Narváez 27 Paraguay PAR
20T Jihad El-Achkar 22 Lebanon LIB
20T Luis Sequera 23 Venezuela VEN
20T Francisco Rodríguez 26 Spain ESP
20T Carlos Solo Honduras HON
20T Edgar Claure 25 Bolivia BOL
20T Craig Agena 23 United States USA
20T Wang Shengli 22 China CHN
20T Fredy Torres 22 El Salvador ESA
33T Adel Al-Najadah 18 Kuwait KUW
33T Andrés Sancho 23 Costa Rica CRC