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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 30, 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: JPN Hidehiko Yoshida
Silver: USA Jason Morris
Bronze: FRA Bertrand Damaisin
KOR Kim Byeong-Ju

Summary

The last several international championships had been spread among several judoka, leaving this class very open. The last two World Champions had been Daniel Lascau (GER) in 1991 and Korea’s Kim Byeong-Ju in 1989. But in a failure of seeding, they met in the first round, with Kim winning. Kim lost in the pool semis to Sweden’s Lars Adolfsson, which knocked Lascau out of the medals. Adolfsson lost the pool final to America’s Jason Morris, who faced Japan’s Hidehiko Yoshida in the final. Yoshida’s best international finish to date had been third at the 1991 World Championships, but he was dominant in Barcelona, winning all his preliminary matches by ippon. The final was no different, with Yoshida using uchi-mata for ippon over Morris at 3:35 to win the gold medal. Morris had been gold medalist at the 1987 and 1991 Pan-American Games. Kim Byeong-Ju won one bronze medal, while the other went to France’s Bertrand Damaisin, who defeated Adolfsson in their bronze medal match.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hidehiko Yoshida 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Jason Morris 25 United States USA Silver
3T Bertrand Damaisin 23 France FRA Bronze
3T Kim Byeong-Ju 24 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Johan Laats 25 Belgium BEL
5T Lars Adolfsson 26 Sweden SWE
7T Alexandru Ciupe 20 Romania ROU
7T Sharip Varayev 22 Unified Team EUN
9T Davaasambuugiin Dorjbat 21 Mongolia MGL
9T Anthonie Wurth 25 Netherlands NED
9T Zsolt Zsoldos 25 Hungary HUN
9T Fadi Saikali 22 Lebanon LIB
13T Suleman Musa 19 Nigeria NGR
13T M'Bairo Abakar 31 Chad CHA
13T Ryan Birch 23 Great Britain GBR
13T Gastón García 24 Argentina ARG
17T Hamid Fadul 30 Sudan SUD
18T Ezequiel Paraguassu 28 Brazil BRA
18T Khristodoulos Katsinioridis 22 Cyprus CYP
18T Anton Summer 24 Austria AUT
18T Krzysztof Kamiński 28 Poland POL
22T Patrick Matangi 25 Zimbabwe ZIM
22T Jean Alix Holmand Haiti HAI
22T Ahmed Al-Shiekh 28 Yemen YEM
22T Graeme Spinks 31 New Zealand NZL
22T João de Souza 18 Angola ANG
22T Eric Bustos 22 Bolivia BOL
22T Salah Rekik 27 Tunisia TUN
22T Jean-Jacques Rakotomalala 27 Madagascar MAD
22T Olivier Schaffter 27 Switzerland SUI
22T António Matias 29 Portugal POR
22T Abdul Kader Dabo 22 Mali MLI
22T John Baylon 26 Philippines PHI
34T Sekou Camara 31 Guinea GUI
34T Daniel Lascau 23 Germany GER
34T Freyr Gauti Sigmundsson 20 Iceland ISL
34T Moshe Pennavayre 20 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
34T Marko Haanpää 25 Finland FIN
34T Musuyu Kutama 29 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
34T Nacanieli Takayawa-Qerawaqa 16 Fiji FIJ
34T Amadou Guèye 27 Senegal SEN
34T Yahia Gregni 22 Libya LBA