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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: October 1, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 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: JPN Hitoshi Saito
Silver: GDR Henry Stöhr
Bronze: KOR Jo Yong-Cheol
URS Grigory Verichev

Summary

Japan had not yet won a gold medal in judo at Seoul. But the heavyweight favorite was Hitoshi Saito, who was expected to end the drought. Saito was the defending gold medalist and had been World Champion in 1983. Still, he had not won a major international since Los Angeles. Saito made it to the final against East German Henry Stöhr. The match was quite dull, with Saito winning by fewer passivity warnings, two to three. The two bronze medals were won by the last two World Champions, Grigory Verichev (URS-1987) and Jo Yong-Cheol (KOR-1985). Saito’s gold medal made him the second judoka to defend his Olympic title in Seoul, after Austria’s Peter Seisenbacher in the middleweight class. Prior to 1988, no judoka had defended an Olympic title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hitoshi Saito 27 Japan JPN Gold
2 Henry Stöhr 28 East Germany GDR Silver
3T Jo Yong-Cheol 27 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Grigory Verichev 31 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T István Dubrovszky 29 Hungary HUN
5T Dimitar Zapryanov 28 Bulgaria BUL
7T Mohamed Ali Rashwan 32 Egypt EGY
7T Juha Salonen 26 Finland FIN
9T Lansana Coly 30 Senegal SEN
9T Benjamin McMurray 26 Philippines PHI
11T Andrzej Basik 28 Poland POL
11T Frederico Flexa 24 Brazil BRA
13T Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene 24 Mongolia MGL
13T Sigurður Bergmann 27 Iceland ISL
13T Stefano Venturelli 20 Italy ITA
13T Helder de Carvalho 22 Angola ANG
13T Steven Cohen 33 United States USA
13T Elvis Gordon 30 Great Britain GBR
19T Roger Vachon 31 France FRA
19T Dragomir Kusmuk 33 Yugoslavia YUG
19T Alexander von der Groeben 32 West Germany FRG
19T Boualem Miloudi 23 Algeria ALG
19T Clemens Jehle 30 Switzerland SUI
19T Xu Guoqing 30 China CHN
19T Ricardo Blas 34 Guam GUM
19T Abderrahim Lahcinia 24 Morocco MAR