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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 24, 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: JPN Kenzo Nakamura
Silver: KOR Gwak Dae-Seong
Bronze: FRA Christophe Gagliano
USA Jimmy Pedro

Summary

Kenzo Nakamura was the youngest of three brothers competing for Japan in judo at the Atlanta Olympics. His oldest brother, Yoshio, was a former World Champion who placed =7th in the half-heavyweight class, while his other brother, Yukimasa, won a silver medal in the extra-lightweight class, and had been World Champion in 1993. Kenzo had not yet made the podium at a World Championships and only made the Japanese team by defeating the 1995 World Champion, Daisuke Hideshima, at the Japanese trials. But Kenzo made the final in Atlanta, facing Korea’s Gwak Dae-Seong, who had lost the World final in 1995 to Hideshima. The match was a dull one, with Gwak gaining a points lead after a warning was issued to Nakamura for passivity. But with only three seconds left, Gwak was penalized for an illegal move, tying the score. Kenzo Nakamura won the gold medal by yusei-gachi, via split decision. In 1997, Kenzo would equal his brothers’ accomplishments by winning a World Championship.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kenzo Nakamura 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Gwak Dae-Seong 23 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Jimmy Pedro 25 United States USA Bronze
3T Christophe Gagliano 29 France FRA Bronze
5T Khaliuny Boldbaatar 24 Mongolia MGL
5T Sebastian Pereira 20 Brazil BRA
7T Martin Schmidt 27 Germany GER
7T Andrey Shturbabin 24 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Vladimer Dgebuadze 23 Georgia GEO
9T Thomas Schleicher 23 Austria AUT
9T Steve Corkin 32 New Zealand NZL
9T Amir Ghomi 28 Iran IRI
13T Sebastián Alquati 20 Argentina ARG
13T Abdel Hakim Harkat 28 Algeria ALG
13T Salim Abanoz 26 Turkey TUR
13T David Kouassi 26 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
17T Guilherme Bentes 23 Portugal POR
17T Bertalan Hajtós 30 Hungary HUN
17T Andrei Golban 22 Moldova MDA
17T Saleh Al-Sharrah 23 Kuwait KUW
21T Andrew Payne 18 Barbados BAR
21T Loris Mularoni 19 San Marino SMR
21T Danny Kingston 23 Great Britain GBR
21T Krzysztof Wojdan 28 Poland POL
21T Diego Brambilla 27 Italy ITA
21T Francisco Rodríguez 26 Puerto Rico PUR
21T Akhat Akhirov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
21T Huang Chien-Lung 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
21T Jorge Pacce 31 Paraguay PAR
21T Hassen Moussa 23 Tunisia TUN
21T Juan Vargas 32 El Salvador ESA
21T Henry Núñez 27 Costa Rica CRC
33T Sergey Kolesnikov 27 Russia RUS
33T Davor Vlaškovac 28 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
33T Juan González 28 Guatemala GUA