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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Half-Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 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: GER Udo Quellmalz
Silver: JPN Yukimasa Nakamura
Bronze: BRA Henrique Guimarães
CUB Israel Hernández

Summary

Germany’s Udo Quellmalz was expected to win, having won the 1995 World Championships and World Cup. He won all his preliminary matches by ippon, easily making it to the final, where he faced Japan’s Yukimasa Nakamura, who he had defeated in the 1995 World final in only 13 seconds. But the Olympic final was very different. Nakamura fought tentatively and the match was quite passive, with neither judoka scoring a point. Quellmalz won the gold medal on yusei-gachi, winning by split decision of the judges. Nakamura came from a top judo family, as his older brother, Yoshio, and his younger brother, Kenzo, both won World Championships, and Kenzo would won the gold medal at Atlanta in the lightweight class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Udo Quellmalz 29 Germany GER Gold
2 Yukimasa Nakamura 23 Japan JPN Silver
3T Henrique Guimarães 23 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Israel Hernández 26 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T József Csák 29 Hungary HUN
5T Philip Laats 33 Belgium BEL
7T Ivan Netov 27 Bulgaria BUL
7T Giorgi Revazishvili 21 Georgia GEO
9T Jarosław Lewak 23 Poland POL
9T Michel de Almeida 21 Portugal POR
9T Pürevdorjiin Nyamlkhagva 21 Mongolia MGL
9T Duncan MacKinnon 26 South Africa RSA
13T Orlando Fuentes 21 United States USA
13T Francis Figuereo 26 Dominican Republic DOM
13T Islam Matsiyev 22 Russia RUS
13T Najib Aga 19 India IND
17T Julian Davies 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Taro Tan 28 Canada CAN
17T Timur Mukhamedkhanov 24 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Lee Seong-Hun 24 South Korea KOR
21T Abdoul Karim Seck 29 Senegal SEN
21T Sergey Akhirov 31 Kazakhstan KAZ
21T Zhang Guangjun 21 China CHN
21T Francesco Giorgi 26 Italy ITA
21T Darren Fagan 28 Australia AUS
21T Pasi Laurén 27 Finland FIN
21T Antoni Molne 27 Andorra AND
21T Ciarán Ward 24 Ireland IRL
21T Jorge Steffano 31 Uruguay URU
21T Larbi Ben Boudaoud 22 France FRA
21T Bektaş Demirel 20 Turkey TUR
21T José Tomás Toro 25 Spain ESP
34T Francisco Morales 24 Argentina ARG
34T Carlos Ramírez 26 El Salvador ESA
34T José Pérez 30 Puerto Rico PUR