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.
|Bronze:|| Mark Huizinga
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.
|1||Jeon Gi-Yeong||23||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|13T||Serge Biwole Abolo||20||Cameroon||CMR|
|17T||Brian Olson||23||United States||USA|
|21T||Wu Kuo-Hui||24||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|21T||Petr Lacina||22||Czech Republic||CZE|
|21T||Sergio Murray||25||Netherlands Antilles||AHO|
|21T||Ryan Birch||27||Great Britain||GBR|
|21T||Abel Ndenguet||26||Congo (Brazzaville)||CGO|