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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 27, 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: EUN Davit Khakhaleishvili
Silver: JPN Naoya Ogawa
Bronze: FRA David Douillet
HUN Imre Csősz

Summary

Japan’s Naoya Ogawa had won the World Championships in 1989 in both heavyweight and open class. He had been upset at the 1991 Worlds by Russian Sergei Kosorotov in the heavyweights. In the 1991 Worlds open class, Ogawa won, defeating Georgia’s Davit Khakhaleishvili in the final. But with the former Soviet Union competing in 1992 as the Unified Team, only one athlete could represent them in this class, and Kosorotov was passed over for Khakhaleishvili. He and Ogawa were the two favorites, with the edge given to the Japanese. Ogawa did not disappoint early, winning his four pool matches, all in less than three minutes, two by ippon. Khakhaleishvili had been less impressive, winning his first match by ippon, but then needing the time limit to win his next three matches. But the final was dominated by the Georgian, as Khakhaleishvili threw Ogawa twice with tani-otoshi to win the gold medal in 1:04 by waza-ari-wasete ippon. France’s David Douillet won one bronze medal, but would soon become the dominant judoka in this division, winning the 1996 and 2000 Olympic titles, and three World Championships in 1993 and 1995, winning both the heavyweight and open classes in 1995. Ogawa continued judo through the 1996 Olympics, where he placed fifth, also winning bronze medals at the 1993 and 1995 World Championships. But he was then recruited to become a professional wrestler, and later turned to mixed martial arts, competing under the name “Captain Hustle.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Davit Khakhaleishvili 20 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Naoya Ogawa 24 Japan JPN Silver
3T David Douillet 23 France FRA Bronze
3T Imre Csősz 23 Hungary HUN Bronze
5T Frank Moreno 26 Cuba CUB
5T Harry Van Barneveld 25 Belgium BEL
7T Damon Keeve 31 United States USA
7T Ernesto Pérez 21 Spain ESP
9T Rafał Kubacki 25 Poland POL
9T Damyan Stoykov 26 Bulgaria BUL
9T Elvis Gordon 34 Great Britain GBR
9T Donald Obwoge Kenya KEN
13T Khalif Diouf 34 Senegal SEN
13T Stefano Venturelli 24 Italy ITA
13T Henry Stöhr 32 Germany GER
13T Atif Muhammad Hussain 32 Guam GUM
17T Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene 28 Mongolia MGL
17T Dennis Raven 24 Netherlands NED
17T Kim Geon-Su 26 South Korea KOR
17T Igor Muller 24 Luxembourg LUX
21T Sigurður Bergmann 31 Iceland ISL
21T Orlando Baccino 21 Argentina ARG
21T Juha Salonen 30 Finland FIN
21T Ho Yen Chye 25 Singapore SIN
21T José Mario Tranquillini 29 Brazil BRA
21T Mitar Milinković 20 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
21T Valentin Bazon 29 Romania ROU
21T Cawas Billimoria 29 India IND