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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 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 David Douillet
Silver: ESP Ernesto Pérez
Bronze: GER Frank Möller
BEL Harry Van Barneveld

Summary

David Douillet (FRA) had been World Champion in 1995 in both heavyweight and open class. He was favored but the 1992 gold medalist, Davit Khakhaleishvili (GEO), and silver medalist, Naoya Ogawa (JPN), were expected to give him stiff opposition. Khakhaleishvili never got to compete. He went to the Georgia World Congress Center for the weigh-in only to find that it was being held at the Olympic Village. Although he tried to get back to the Village, he was late for the weigh-in and was disqualified. It was a silly ruling as heavyweights are allowed unlimited weight. Douillet and Ogawa met in the Pool A final, with Douillet winning a close match only by shido. The final against Spain’s Ernesto Pérez was much easier, with Douillet using uchi-mata to win by ippon in 2:03. Douillet would win his fourth World Championship in the heavyweight class in 1997.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David Douillet 27 France FRA Gold
2 Ernesto Pérez 25 Spain ESP Silver
3T Frank Möller 25 Germany GER Bronze
3T Harry Van Barneveld 29 Belgium BEL Bronze
5T Liu Shenggang 19 China CHN
5T Naoya Ogawa 28 Japan JPN
7T Sergey Kosorotov 27 Russia RUS
7T Kharis Papaioannou 25 Greece GRE
9T Rafał Kubacki 29 Poland POL
9T Eric Krieger 21 Austria AUT
9T Imre Csősz 27 Hungary HUN
9T Alexandru Lungu 21 Romania ROU
13T Arnulfo Betancourt 24 Nicaragua NCA
13T Igor Muller 28 Luxembourg LUX
13T Selim Tataroğlu 24 Turkey TUR
13T Vadim Sergeyev 31 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
17T Igor Peshkov 31 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Frederico Flexa 32 Brazil BRA
17T Ruslan Sharapov 29 Belarus BLR
17T Saidakhtam Rakhimov 23 Tajikistan TJK
21T Danny Ebbers 22 Netherlands NED
21T Slim Agrebi 22 Tunisia TUN
21T Mitar Milinković 24 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
21T Pitak Kampita 25 Thailand THA
21T José Augusto Geraldino 25 Dominican Republic DOM
21T Khalifa Diouf 28 Senegal SEN
21T Damon Keeve 35 United States USA
21T Indrek Pertelson 25 Estonia EST
21T Miklos Szabo 40 Australia AUS
21T Kamol Muradov 21 Uzbekistan UZB
21T Orlando Baccino 25 Argentina ARG
21T Kamel Larbi 20 Algeria ALG
33T Frank Moreno 30 Cuba CUB