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.
|Bronze:|| Jo Yong-Cheol
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.
|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|
|7T||Mohamed Ali Rashwan||32||Egypt||EGY|
|13T||Helder de Carvalho||22||Angola||ANG|
|13T||Steven Cohen||33||United States||USA|
|13T||Elvis Gordon||30||Great Britain||GBR|
|19T||Alexander von der Groeben||32||West Germany||FRG|