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Judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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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 7, 1984
Date Finished: August 7, 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: FRG Frank Wieneke
Silver: GBR Neil Adams
Bronze: ROU Mircea Frăţică
FRA Michel Nowak

Summary

Neil Adams (GBR) was a heavy favorite. He was the 1983-84 European Champion, 1981 World Champion, and had lost the 1983 Worlds on a narrow decision to Japan’s Nobutoshi Hikage. But Hikage had been beaten at the Japanese trials by Hiromitsu Takano, and was not in Los Angeles. Several other Europeans were considered challengers, but West German Frank Wieneke was not among them. But he kept winning, although with some difficulty, taking his pool to meet Adams in the final. It was expected that Adams would end his career by finally winning Olympic gold, and for the first three minutes of the final there was no real match. But Wieneke then attacked with uchimata, only to be repelled by Adams’ left hand. Wieneke then spun and grabbed Adams’s left hand, using seoi-nage to throw him for an immediate ippon. The players and crowd were too stunned to even realize what had happened for a moment. Wieneke would return in 1988 to win a silver medal, but never won another major international title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Frank Wieneke 22 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Neil Adams 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Michel Nowak 22 France FRA Bronze
3T Mircea Frăţică 27 Romania ROU Bronze
5T Filip Leščak 23 Yugoslavia YUG
5T Hiromitsu Takano 24 Japan JPN
7T Kevin Doherty 25 Canada CAN
7T Rob Henneveld 20 Netherlands NED
9T Brett Barron 24 United States USA
9T Walid Mohamed Hussain 23 Egypt EGY
11 Gaston Oula Cote d'Ivoire CIV
12T Süheyl Yeşilnur 31 Turkey TUR
12T Jorge Bonnet 19 Puerto Rico PUR
14T António Roquete 29 Portugal POR
14T Ousseynou Guèye 25 Senegal SEN
14T Liu Junlin 21 China CHN
14T Seppo Myllylä 25 Finland FIN
14T Per Kjellin 24 Sweden SWE
14T Jules-Albert Ndemba 29 Cameroon CMR
20T Abdoulaye Diallo 33 Guinea GUI
20T Ignacio Sanz 28 Spain ESP
20T Rogério dos Santos 22 Brazil BRA
20T Ioannis Kougialis 26 Cyprus CYP
20T Sun Yih-Shong 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
20T Sayed Al-Tubaikh 19 Kuwait KUW
20T Moshe Ponte 27 Israel ISR
20T Asafu Tembo Zambia ZAM
20T Paul Diop 25 Mali MLI
20T Thomas Haasmann 22 Austria AUT
20T Christophe Wogo Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
20T Mohamed Maach 26 Morocco MAR
20T Carlos Huttich 21 Mexico MEX
20T Simione Kuruvoli 32 Fiji FIJ
34T Javier Condor 23 Costa Rica CRC
34T Fridtjof Thoen 22 Norway NOR
34T Graeme Spinks 23 New Zealand NZL
34T Li Chung Tai 33 Hong Kong HKG
34T Hwang Jin-Su 26 South Korea KOR