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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 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: KOR Jeon Gi-Yeong
Silver: UZB Armen Bagdasarov
Bronze: NED Mark Huizinga
GER Marko Spittka

Summary

This was one of the few men’s classes in Atlanta that went according to the seeds. Korea’s Jeon Gi-Yeong was World Champion in 1993 and 1995, and was a heavy favorite. In his career he would win six World Cup titles and a gold medal at the 1995 Asian Games. He did not compete at the 1996 Asian Games, which had been won earlier in the year by Uzbeki Armen Bagdasarov. Jeon’s most difficult match was his first against Mark Huizinga (NED), which he won only by yusei-gachi, but he won all his other bouts by ippon. In the final he met Bagdasarov, using seoi-nage to win by ippon late in the match. Huizinga would win bronze and come back in 2000 to win the gold medal in this class. Jeon came back in 1997 to win the World Championships, and then retired in 1999. He was offered huge amounts of money to compete in Mixed Martial Arts but spurned the offers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jeon Gi-Yeong 23 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Armen Bagdasarov 23 Uzbekistan UZB Silver
3T Mark Huizinga 22 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Marko Spittka 25 Germany GER Bronze
5T Adrian Croitoru 25 Romania ROU
5T Hidehiko Yoshida 26 Japan JPN
7T Nicolas Gill 24 Canada CAN
7T Oleg Maltsev 28 Russia RUS
9T Algimantas Merkevičius 27 Lithuania LTU
9T Darcel Yandzi 23 France FRA
9T Edelmar Zanol 21 Brazil BRA
9T Yosvany Despaigne 20 Cuba CUB
13T Somoza Celestin 23 Haiti HAI
13T Ruslan Mashurenko 25 Ukraine UKR
13T Sergey Alimzhanov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
13T Serge Biwole Abolo 20 Cameroon CMR
17T Brian Olson 23 United States USA
17T David Wilkinson 22 Australia AUS
17T León Villar 26 Spain ESP
17T Pablo Elisii 24 Argentina ARG
21T Ao Tegen 21 China CHN
21T Wu Kuo-Hui 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
21T Petr Lacina 22 Czech Republic CZE
21T Sergio Murray 25 Netherlands Antilles AHO
21T Sergej Klischin 29 Austria AUT
21T Ryan Birch 27 Great Britain GBR
21T Giorgi Ts'mindashvili 20 Georgia GEO
21T Abel Ndenguet 26 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
21T Adil Kaaba 25 Morocco MAR
21T Skander Hachicha 24 Tunisia TUN
21T Krisna Bayu 21 Indonesia INA
32T Marek Pisula 27 Poland POL
32T Rodolfo Cano 31 Guatemala GUA