Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 21, 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.
|Bronze:|| Aurélio Miguel
The defending champion, Antal Kovács, had won the 1993 World Championships, but the 1995 title went to Poland’s Paweł Nastula. Both were in Atlanta, as was the 1988 Olympic gold medalist Aurélio Miguel of Brazil. All were drawn in Pool A and Nastula and Kovács were drawn against each other in their first match, which went to Nastula by ippon in less than a minute. Nastula and Miguel met in the pool final, where they fought a very close match, Nastula winning by penalties. In the final Nastula met Kim Min-Su of Korea, who was no match for the Pole, losing by ippon in 1:33, as Nastula used kuzure-kesa-gatame for the victory. Nastula repeated as World Champion in 1997 but then turned to Mixed Martial Arts, with only minimal success.
|2||Kim Min-Su||21||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|9T||Daniel Gowing||25||New Zealand||NZL|
|17T||Raymond Stevens||32||Great Britain||GBR|
|21T||Rene Capo||35||United States||USA|
|31T||Mohamed Bu Sakher||28||Kuwait||KUW|
|31T||Ronny Gómez||30||Costa Rica||CRC|