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.
|Bronze:|| Jeong Hun
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.
|3T||Jeong Hun||23||South Korea||KOR||Bronze|
|13T||Lusambu Mafuta||23||Congo (Kinshasa)||COD|
|13T||Juan Vargas||28||El Salvador||ESA|
|17T||Steve Corkin||28||New Zealand||NZL|
|18T||Park Yong-I||20||North Korea||PRK|
|18T||Billy Cusack||26||Great Britain||GBR|
|22T||Wahid Yudhi Sulistianto||19||Indonesia||INA|
|22T||Miroslav Jočić||30||Individual Olympic Athletes||IOA|
|22T||Siméon Toronlo||24||Central African Republic||CAF|
|22T||Alaoui Mohamed Taher||21||Djibouti||DJI|
|34T||José Maria de Jesús||24||Angola||ANG|
|34T||Magomedbek Aliyev||25||Unified Team||EUN|
|34T||Mike Swain||31||United States||USA|