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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: September 27, 1988
Date Finished: September 27, 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: FRA Marc Alexandre
Silver: GDR Sven Loll
Bronze: USA Mike Swain
URS Giorgi Tenadze

Summary

The lightweight class was wide-open. At least six fighters were felt capable of winning the gold medal. These included the reigning World Champion, American Mike Swain; the 1987 World runner-up, Marc Alexandre (FRA), also the 1984 half-lightweight bronze medalist; Toshihiko Koga, the All-Japan Champion; and Britain’s Kerrith Brown, bronze medalist at the 1987 Worlds. In the pool semis, Swain met East German Sven Loll. Swain led early, but Loll eliminated him with a late yuko. Loll went to the final where he met Alexandre. Both were uchimata specialists, but neither could score with it. Alexandre won gold with a late koka from kouchi-gari. In one of the bronze medal matches, Brown defeated Swain with a koka from a side-sacrifice throw at 3½ minutes. But the medals were not yet decided. Two days later, Brown was disqualified for doping, testing positive for furosemide (Lasix), a diuretic. The bronze medal was given to Swain, joined by Soviet Georgian Giorgi Tenadze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marc Alexandre 28 France FRA Gold
2 Sven Loll 24 East Germany GDR Silver
3T Mike Swain 27 United States USA Bronze
3T Giorgi Tenadze 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T Bertalan Hajtós 22 Hungary HUN
5T Steffen Stranz 28 West Germany FRG
7T Joaquín Ruiz 29 Spain ESP
7T Johannes Wohlwend 23 Liechtenstein LIE
9T Lotuala N'Dombassy 24 Angola ANG
9T Ousmane Camara 24 Mali MLI
11T Anders Dahlin 23 Sweden SWE
11T Stewart Brain 26 Australia AUS
13T Luiz Onmura 28 Brazil BRA
13T Hugo d'Assunção 29 Portugal POR
13T Federico Vizcarra 23 Mexico MEX
13T Glenn Beauchamp 26 Canada CAN
13T Toshihiko Koga 20 Japan JPN
13T Ezio Gamba 29 Italy ITA
19T Wiesław Błach 26 Poland POL
19T Abdelhak Maach Morocco MAR
19T Eugene McManus 26 Ireland IRL
19T Henry Núñez 19 Costa Rica CRC
19T Angelo Ruiz 30 Puerto Rico PUR
19T Daniel Dohou Dossou 28 Benin BEN
19T Mohamed Moslih 21 North Yemen YAR
19T Nelson Ombito 24 Kenya KEN
19T Ju Hsiang-Hung 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
19T Xiong Fengshan 24 China CHN
19T Alpaslan Ayan 22 Turkey TUR
19T Mohamed Meridja 27 Algeria ALG
19T Ganga Bahadur Dangol Nepal NEP
19T Park Jeong-Hui 21 South Korea KOR
33T Chong Siao Chin 31 Hong Kong HKG
33T Babacar Dione 26 Senegal SEN
33T James Sibenge 22 Zimbabwe ZIM
33T Jambalyn Ganbold 29 Mongolia MGL
33T Rony Khawam 24 Lebanon LIB
33T Adel Al-Najadah 22 Kuwait KUW
33T Fredy Torres 26 El Salvador ESA
33T Jason Trevisan 21 Malta MLT
AC Kerrith Brown 26 Great Britain GBR DQ