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Judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 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 6, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 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 An Byeong-Geun
Silver: ITA Ezio Gamba
Bronze: GBR Kerrith Brown
BRA Luiz Onmura

Summary

The defending champion was Italy’s Ezio Gamba, who had placed second at the 1983 World Championships to Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakanishi. They were the two favorites and this class was one on which the boycott had minimal effect. In the first round, Nakanishi had difficulty with the Senegalese Ibrahima Diallo. Nakanishi won but broke a rib in the process and would not win a medal. Gamba started out with a tough match against Serge Dyot (FRA), the 1984 European runner-up. But Gamba had little trouble, Dyot eventually submitting – twice, as the referee did not notice the first submission. Gamba made the final where he faced Korean An Byeong-Geun. Gamba was favored but An scored two kokas early on, and was able to hold off Gamba to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 An Byeong-Geun 22 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Ezio Gamba 25 Italy ITA Silver
3T Luiz Onmura 24 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Kerrith Brown 22 Great Britain GBR Bronze
5T Glenn Beauchamp 22 Canada CAN
5T Hidetoshi Nakanishi 26 Japan JPN
7T Kieran Foley 26 Ireland IRL
7T Serge Dyot 24 France FRA
9T Johannes Wohlwend 19 Liechtenstein LIE
9T Juan Vargas 20 El Salvador ESA
11T Mike Swain 23 United States USA
11T Liaw Der-Cheng 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
13T Yi Dexin 23 China CHN
13T Federico Vizcarra 19 Mexico MEX
13T Hassan Ben Gamra 24 Tunisia TUN
13T Yousuf Al-Hammad 20 Kuwait KUW
13T Joaquín Ruiz 25 Spain ESP
13T Steffen Stranz 24 West Germany FRG
19T Tan Chin Kee 32 Hong Kong HKG
19T Shaun O'Leary 26 New Zealand NZL
19T Jean Claude N'Guessan Cote d'Ivoire CIV
19T Rony Khawam 19 Lebanon LIB
19T Yousry Zagloul 29 Egypt EGY
19T Frank Evensen 22 Norway NOR
19T Michael Young 26 Australia AUS
19T Alvaro Sanabria 21 Costa Rica CRC
19T Antti Hyvärinen 23 Finland FIN
19T Vojo Vujević 29 Yugoslavia YUG
19T Ibrahima Diallo 24 Senegal SEN
19T Hugo d'Assunção 25 Portugal POR
19T Alick Kalwihzi 24 Zambia ZAM