Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 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:|| Nicolas Gill
After winning a gold medal at half-middleweight in 1988, and a bronze in the same class at the 1989 Worlds, Poland’s Waldemar Legień had moved up to the middleweight division, winning a bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships. But the favorite in the class was Japan’s Hirotaka Okada, World Champion in 1987 at half-middleweight and in 1991 at middleweight. He had also won the 1990 Asian Games, was a five-time champion in the All-Japan Championships, and twice won at the Kodokan Cup. In the A pool semi-final, Okada went to the final, where he faced Canada’s Nicolas Gill. Gill was not yet well-known, but would later win multiple international medals. And in Barcelona he shocked the judo world by upsetting Okada with waza-ari. But Legień defeated Gill in the pool final, and went on to win his second Olympic gold medal, defeating France’s surprising Pascal Tayot in the final.
|7T||Yang Jong-Ok||28||South Korea||KOR|
|17T||Densign White||30||Great Britain||GBR|
|17T||Ilualoma Isako||23||Congo (Kinshasa)||COD|
|21T||Oleg Maltsev||24||Unified Team||EUN|
|21T||Rajinder Kumar Dhanger||30||India||IND|
|21T||Isaac Angbo||26||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV|
|21T||André Mayounga||23||Central African Republic||CAF|
|21T||Joseph Wanag||25||United States||USA|