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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Half-Lightweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: BRA Rogério Cardoso
Silver: HUN József Csák
Bronze: CUB Israel Hernández
GER Udo Quellmalz

Summary

The class was considered fairly open, with Germanys Udo Quellmalz a slight favorite. He was the 1991 World Champion and runner-up in 1989. In the B pool final, Quellmalz met Brazil’s Rogério Cardoso, who had little international record. But Cardoso was fighting with a purpose. His brother, Ricardo Cardoso, had competed at the 1988 Olympics. But after a disappointing love affair, Ricardo had committed suicide in 1991, and Rogério was dedicating his Olympic performance to his brother’s memory. The match against Quellmalz was tight, and Cardoso only won it on penalties, with Quellmalz having an extra chui. In the final Cardoso met Hungarian veteran József Csák, the 1986 European Champion, and a three-time medalist at the Europeans. The match went to the time limit with Cardoso winning the gold medal for his brother’s memory, using o-soto-gari for waza-ari.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rogério Cardoso 24 Brazil BRA Gold
2 József Csák 25 Hungary HUN Silver
3T Udo Quellmalz 25 Germany GER Bronze
3T Israel Hernández 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Philip Laats 29 Belgium BEL
5T Francisco Lorenzo 32 Spain ESP
7T Kim Sang-Mun 22 South Korea KOR
7T Kenji Maruyama 26 Japan JPN
9T Dănuţ Pop 23 Romania ROU
9T Pavel Petřikov 33 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Francisco Morales 20 Argentina ARG
9T Jean Pierre Cantin 25 Canada CAN
13T Stefan Ćuk 29 Slovenia SLO
13T Ivan Netov 23 Bulgaria BUL
13T Augusto Almeida 26 Portugal POR
13T Gao Erwei 24 China CHN
17T Abdel Hakim Harkat 24 Algeria ALG
17T Dikubenga Mavatiku 22 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
17T Assaf El-Murr 24 Lebanon LIB
20T Jimmy Pedro 21 United States USA
20T Dambiinyamyn Maralgerel 20 Mongolia MGL
20T Jorge Steffano 27 Uruguay URU
20T Sandeep Byala 24 India IND
24T Ciarán Ward 20 Ireland IRL
24T Caleb Jean 18 Haiti HAI
24T Au Woon Yiu 31 Hong Kong HKG
24T Benôit Campargue 27 France FRA
24T Sergey Kosmynin 28 Unified Team EUN
24T Stig Traavik 24 Norway NOR
24T Ian Freeman 19 Great Britain GBR
24T Pierre Sène 28 Senegal SEN
24T Vsevolods Zeļonijs 19 Latvia LAT
24T Ilias Ioannou 26 Cyprus CYP
24T Mansour Al-Soraihi 21 Yemen YEM
24T Hussain Mohamed Hassan 22 Kuwait KUW
36T Marko Korhonen 22 Finland FIN
36T Walther Kaiser 19 Liechtenstein LIE
36T Eric Born 21 Switzerland SUI
36T Mamadou Coulibaly Mali MLI
36T Joseph Momanyi Kenya KEN
36T Jörgen Häggqvist 30 Sweden SWE
36T Sakor Rodet 24 Chad CHA
36T Li Gwang 25 North Korea PRK
36T Vicente Céspedes 25 Paraguay PAR
36T Said Masoud El-Agimi 27 Libya LBA
36T Ekers Raposo 25 Dominican Republic DOM