Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 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:|| Jo In-Cheol
Japan had brought a dominant team to Atlanta, and the favorite in this class was also a Japanese, Toshihiko Koga, the 1995 World Champion in this class. Koga had been Olympic Champion in 1992 in lightweight, and was twice World Champion in the lightweight class (1989, 1991). Koga had briefly retired after the 1992 Olympics but came back for the 1995 Worlds. He had won five consecutive Kodakan Cups and six consecutive All-Japan championships. Koga made it to the final easily, where he faced France’s Djamel Bouras, whose previous biggest accomplishment was a bronze at the 1995 Worlds. The final was a defensive battle, with Koga leading until he was penalized for passivity with only 12 seconds remaining. This brought the match to hantei, with all three judges giving the decision to Bouras for the gold medal. Bouras would win a silver medal at the 1997 Worlds, while Koga would continue to compete thru 2000, but was never again a major factor at internationals.
|3T||Jo In-Cheol||20||South Korea||KOR||Bronze|
|9T||Lo Yu-Wei||27||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|17T||Jason Morris||29||United States||USA|
|21T||José Figueroa||25||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|21T||Adil Bel Gaid||25||Morocco||MAR|
|21T||Dragoljub Radulović||32||Serbia and Montenegro||SCG|
|33T||Graeme Randall||21||Great Britain||GBR|