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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: POL Paweł Nastula
Silver: KOR Kim Min-Su
Bronze: BRA Aurélio Miguel
FRA Stéphane Traineau


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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Paweł Nastula 26 Poland POL Gold
2 Kim Min-Su 21 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Aurélio Miguel 32 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Stéphane Traineau 29 France FRA Bronze
5T Antal Kovács 24 Hungary HUN
5T Ben Sonnemans 24 Netherlands NED
7T Alejandro Bender 20 Argentina ARG
7T Yoshio Nakamura 25 Japan JPN
9T Antonio Felicité 21 Mauritius MRI
9T Pedro Soares 21 Portugal POR
9T Dmitry Sergeyev 27 Russia RUS
9T Daniel Gowing 25 New Zealand NZL
13T Sergey Shakimov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
13T Luigi Guido 28 Italy ITA
13T Vernharð Þorleifsson 22 Iceland ISL
13T Leonid Svirid 29 Belarus BLR
17T Raymond Stevens 32 Great Britain GBR
17T Mevlud Lobzhanidze 27 Georgia GEO
17T Keith Morgan 22 Canada CAN
17T Angel Sánchez 21 Cuba CUB
21T Nacanieli Takayawa-Qerawaqa 20 Fiji FIJ
21T Willan Bouza 34 Uruguay URU
21T Arturo Gutiérrez 23 Mexico MEX
21T Khayrullo Nazriev 23 Tajikistan TJK
21T Radu Ivan 27 Romania ROU
21T Detlef Knorrek 31 Germany GER
21T Bassel El-Gharbawy 19 Egypt EGY
21T Dmitry Solovyov 32 Uzbekistan UZB
21T Rene Capo 35 United States USA
21T Semír Pepic 23 Slovakia SVK
31T Mohamed Bu Sakher 28 Kuwait KUW
31T Ronny Gómez 30 Costa Rica CRC