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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 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 Toshihiko Koga
Silver: HUN Bertalan Hajtós
Bronze: KOR Jeong Hun
ISR Shay-Oren Smadja

Summary

Japan’s Toshihiko Koga was expected to win this class. He was the 1989 and 1991 World Champion, had won five consecutive titles at the Kodokan Cup, and six consecutive victories at the All-Japan Championships. Veteran Hungarian judoka Bertalan Hajtós was considered the top European, having medaled at the European Championships back in 1985, and winning in 1986, but he had not yet made the podium at the World Championships. In the early rounds, he was the most impressive fighter, winning four straight matches by ippon. Koga struggled to make the final after injuring his knee in a sparring session before the Olympics. The final came down to hantei, with Koga winning by yusei-gachi, which surprised many in the crowd who thought Hajtós had won. Koga would retire after Barcelona, but returned in 1995 to win the Worlds in half-middleweight and also won a silver at the 1996 Olympics in half-middleweight.

The day before this event, Israel’s Yael Arad became the first Israeli athlete to win an Olympic medal, when she placed second in the women’s half-middleweight division. Arad dedicated her medal to “the eleven” – the 11 Israelis who had been cowardly murdered by Black September terrorists at the 1972 Olympics. In this class, Israel’s Shay-Oren Smadga won a bronze medal, the first Olympic medal won by an Israeli man.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Toshihiko Koga 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Bertalan Hajtós 26 Hungary HUN Silver
3T Jeong Hun 23 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Shay-Oren Smadja 22 Israel ISR Bronze
5T Bruno Carabetta 25 France FRA
5T Stefan Dott 22 Germany GER
7T Wiesław Błach 30 Poland POL
7T Khaliuny Boldbaatar 20 Mongolia MGL
9T Jorma Korhonen 24 Finland FIN
9T Shi Chengsheng 25 China CHN
9T Meziane Dahmani 27 Algeria ALG
9T Massimo Sulli 28 Italy ITA
13T Lusambu Mafuta 23 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
13T Juan Vargas 28 El Salvador ESA
13T Roman Hatashita 26 Canada CAN
13T Malick Seck 28 Senegal SEN
17T Steve Corkin 28 New Zealand NZL
18T Josef Věnsek 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
18T Park Yong-I 20 North Korea PRK
18T Billy Cusack 26 Great Britain GBR
18T Joaquín Ruiz 33 Spain ESP
22T Wahid Yudhi Sulistianto 19 Indonesia INA
22T Norbert Haimberger 23 Austria AUT
22T Laurent Pellet 21 Switzerland SUI
22T Alpaslan Ayan 26 Turkey TUR
22T Ignacio Sayu 26 Cuba CUB
22T Rui Domingues 28 Portugal POR
22T Miroslav Jočić 30 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
22T Jason Trevisan 25 Malta MLT
22T Siméon Toronlo 24 Central African Republic CAF
22T Haji Kahy 24 Lebanon LIB
22T Alaoui Mohamed Taher 21 Djibouti DJI
22T Rubens Joseph 23 Haiti HAI
34T Mario González 21 Mexico MEX
34T Edgardo Antinori 22 Argentina ARG
34T José Maria de Jesús 24 Angola ANG
34T Mohamed Al-Jalai 19 Yemen YEM
34T Luc Rasoanaivo-Razafy 26 Madagascar MAD
34T Sérgio Oliveira 25 Brazil BRA
34T Awad Mahmoud 29 Sudan SUD
34T Magomedbek Aliyev 25 Unified Team EUN
34T Majemite Omagbaluwaje 23 Nigeria NGR
34T Anders Dahlin 27 Sweden SWE
34T Mike Swain 31 United States USA