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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: September 30, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988
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: BRA Aurélio Miguel
Silver: FRG Marc Meiling
Bronze: GBR Dennis Stewart
BEL Robert Van de Walle

Summary

Japan’s Hitoshi Sugai from Tokai University was a heavy favorite, having won the 1985 and 1987 World Championship. But after five weight classes, no Japanese fighter had won a gold medal. As in Los Angeles, the half-heavyweight division was marked by numerous upsets. And in round two, it started when France’s Stéphane Traineau used ura-nage to defeat Sugai. When Traineau lost the next round to European Champion Jiří Sosna, Sugai was out of the repêchage as well. The 1980 Olympic Champion, Robert Van de Walle (BEL) appeared in control after two rounds, but lost his third match to little-known West German Marc Meiling. The final came down to Meiling against Brazil’s Aurélio Miguel, bronze medal winner at the 1987 Worlds. It was a very dull match with Miguel winning on a chui penalty given to Meiling. Miguel had fought five matches and had not scored a single point, winning two victories by decision, and three by passivity rulings.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aurélio Miguel 24 Brazil BRA Gold
2 Marc Meiling 26 West Germany FRG Silver
3T Dennis Stewart 28 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Robert Van de Walle 34 Belgium BEL Bronze
5T Jacek Beutler 24 Poland POL
5T Jiří Sosna 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
7T Juri Fazi 27 Italy ITA
7T Robert Berland 26 United States USA
9 Bjarni Friðriksson 32 Iceland ISL
10T Theo Meijer 23 Netherlands NED
10T Stéphane Traineau 22 France FRA
12T Moisés Torres 23 Angola ANG
12T Ahmed Barbach Morocco MAR
12T Viktor Poddubny 23 Soviet Union URS
12T István Varga 28 Hungary HUN
12T Joseph Meli 32 Canada CAN
12T Hitoshi Sugai 25 Japan JPN
18T Liu Anpai 22 China CHN
18T Ha Hyeong-Ju 26 South Korea KOR
18T Marko Valev 18 Bulgaria BUL
18T Viliame Takayawa 39 Fiji FIJ