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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996
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 Tadahiro Nomura
Silver: ITA Girolamo Giovinazzo
Bronze: MGL Dorjpalamyn Narmandakh
GER Richard Trautmann

Summary

The Japanese representative in this class was expected to be Ryoju Sonoda, the 1993 World Champion. But he was upset in the Japanese trials by Tadahiro Nomura, who was not expected to challenge for a medal by the Japanese media. In his pool quarter-final match, Nomura faced the 1995 World Champion, Nikolay Ozhegin (RUS), winning by waza-ari. In the final, Nomura faced Italy’s Girolamo Giovinazzo, who was a former European Champion (1994) and had twice been Mediterranean Champion. Giovinazzo led for much of the match but with less than 30 seconds remaining, Nomura used seoi-nage to win by ippon. Though Nomura’s gold medal was considered a major upset, he would soon dominate this class, winning three consecutive Olympic gold medals and the 1997 World Championship. Giovinazzo never won another major title after his 1994 European gold, but was a very consistent performer at the Europeans, six times placing on the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tadahiro Nomura 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Girolamo Giovinazzo 27 Italy ITA Silver
3T Richard Trautmann 27 Germany GER Bronze
3T Dorjpalamyn Narmandakh 20 Mongolia MGL Bronze
5T Natik Bagirov 31 Belarus BLR
5T Nikolay Ozhegin 25 Russia RUS
7T Nigel Donohue 26 Great Britain GBR
7T Georgios Vazagkasvili 22 Georgia GEO
9T Amar Meridja 20 Algeria ALG
9T Alisher Mukhtarov 23 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Ricardo Acuña 25 Mexico MEX
9T Kim Jong-Won 20 South Korea KOR
13T Cliff Sunada 25 United States USA
13T Leonardo Carcamo 30 Honduras HON
13T Melvin Méndez 21 Puerto Rico PUR
13T Franck Chambily 25 France FRA
17T Abdel Ouahed Idrissi Chorfi 27 Morocco MAR
17T Nazim Hüseynov 26 Azerbaijan AZE
17T Piotr Kamrowski 28 Poland POL
17T Roberto Naveira 25 Spain ESP
21T Roman Nováček 27 Czech Republic CZE
21T Liao Chun-Chiang 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
21T Makrem Ayed 22 Tunisia TUN
21T Pedro Caravana 21 Portugal POR
21T Rustam Bokiyev 18 Tajikistan TJK
21T Alexandre García 24 Brazil BRA
21T Marek Matuszek 23 Slovakia SVK
21T Jorge Lencina 20 Argentina ARG
21T Brian Power 22 Australia AUS
21T Narinder Singh 27 India IND
21T Manolo Poulot 21 Cuba CUB
21T Zsolt Kunyik 22 Hungary HUN
33T Sean Sullivan 25 Ireland IRL
33T Ewan Beaton 27 Canada CAN