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Judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 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 10, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 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 Hitoshi Saito
Silver: FRA Angelo Parisi
Bronze: CAN Mark Berger
KOR Jo Yong-Cheol

Summary

The 1981 and 1983 World Championships had been won by Yasuhiro Yamashita (JPN), but he elected to compete only in the open class in Los Angeles. The 1983 open class World Champion had been the 145 kg. (329 lb.) Hitoshi Saito, and he was the Japanese choice for this class. Saito won his early matches very easily, with three matches taking him only 90 seconds for three ippons. In the final, he faced the defending champion, France’s Angelo Parisi. Parisi had an unusual international record. He was European Champion in 1977, 1983, and 1984, but never placed at the World Championships. The final was a passive affair, with both fighters being warned for inactivity. Eventually Saito won a close match only by shido at the time limit. Parisi was Italian-born, but grew up a British citizen in England, and represented France by virtue of marrying a French woman.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hitoshi Saito 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Angelo Parisi 31 France FRA Silver
3T Jo Yong-Cheol 23 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Mark Berger 30 Canada CAN Bronze
5T Radomir Kovačević 30 Yugoslavia YUG
5T Doug Nelson 25 United States USA
7T Sherif El-Digwy 19 Egypt EGY
7T Isidore Silas 33 Cameroon CMR
9T Alexander von der Groeben 28 West Germany FRG
9T Khalif Diouf 26 Senegal SEN
11T Desiderio Lebron 34 Dominican Republic DOM
11T Willy Wilhelm 25 Netherlands NED
11T Fernando Ferreyros 23 Peru PER
11T Ricardo Andersen 24 Argentina ARG
11T Frederico Flexa 20 Brazil BRA
11T Elvis Gordon 26 Great Britain GBR