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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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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.

Gold: FRA Djamel Bouras
Silver: JPN Toshihiko Koga
Bronze: KOR Jo In-Cheol
GEO Soso Lip'art'eliani

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Djamel Bouras 24 France FRA Gold
2 Toshihiko Koga 28 Japan JPN Silver
3T Jo In-Cheol 20 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Soso Lip'art'eliani 25 Georgia GEO Bronze
5T Stefan Dott 26 Germany GER
5T Gastón García 28 Argentina ARG
7T Flávio Canto 21 Brazil BRA
7T Iraklı Uznadze 24 Turkey TUR
9T Vladimir Shmakov 23 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Lo Yu-Wei 27 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Konstantin Savchishkin 22 Russia RUS
9T Johan Laats 29 Belgium BEL
13T Oleg Cretu 21 Moldova MDA
13T Bronisław Wołkowicz 22 Poland POL
13T Yuan Chao 21 China CHN
13T Ricky Dixon 26 Nicaragua NCA
17T Lyes Cherifi 28 Algeria ALG
17T Thierry Vatrican 20 Monaco MON
17T Patrick Klas 20 Netherlands NED
17T Jason Morris 29 United States USA
21T Colin Morgan 22 Canada CAN
21T Alexandru Ciupe 24 Romania ROU
21T Suleman Musa 23 Nigeria NGR
21T Adler Volmar 19 Haiti HAI
21T Ruslan Seilkhanov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
21T Gabor Szabo 28 Australia AUS
21T Arsen Gevorgyan 21 Armenia ARM
21T José Figueroa 25 Puerto Rico PUR
21T Adil Bel Gaid 25 Morocco MAR
21T Karen Balaian 21 Ukraine UKR
21T Shay-Oren Smadja 26 Israel ISR
21T Dragoljub Radulović 32 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
33T Patrick Reiter 23 Austria AUT
33T Graeme Randall 21 Great Britain GBR