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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 19, 2000
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 Makoto Takimoto
Silver: KOR Jo In-Cheol
Bronze: EST Aleksei Budõlin
POR Nuno Delgado

Summary

The division was wide-open with nobody considered a favorite. The defending champion, Djamel Bouras (FRA), lost in the A Pool final to Japan’s Makoto Takimoto, who was little known prior to Sydney. His previous best international finish had been gold at the 1995 Asian Games. The other pool was won by Korea’s Jo In-Cheol, the 1997 World Champion, 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, and 1999 World bronze medalist. Jo was favored in the final, but the match went to hantei with Takimoto prevailing by yusei-gachi. Like many other recent Japanese judokas, Takimoto turned to mixed martial arts, with only minimal success. Jo would return to win the 2001 World Championship. His career also included golds at the 1998 Asian Games, and the 1997 and 2001 East Asian Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Makoto Takimoto 25 Japan JPN Gold
2 Jo In-Cheol 24 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Aleksei Budõlin 24 Estonia EST Bronze
3T Nuno Delgado 24 Portugal POR Bronze
5T Alvaro Paseyro 31 Uruguay URU
5T Djamel Bouras 29 France FRA
7T Kazem Sarikhani 22 Iran IRI
7T Kwak Ok-Chol 27 North Korea PRK
9T Daniel Kelly 22 Australia AUS
9T Florian Wanner 22 Germany GER
9T Maarten Arens 28 Netherlands NED
9T Ruslan Seilkhanov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
13T Francesco Lepre 25 Italy ITA
13T Gabriel Arteaga 23 Cuba CUB
13T Gastón García 32 Argentina ARG
13T José Figueroa 29 Puerto Rico PUR
17 Thierry Vatrican 25 Monaco MON
AC Abdessalem Arous 21 Tunisia TUN
AC Adil Bel Gaid 29 Morocco MAR
AC Brahima Guindo 23 Mali MLI
AC Chen Chun-Ching 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC Farkhod Turayev 26 Uzbekistan UZB
AC Graeme Randall 25 Great Britain GBR
AC Hermágoras Manglés 26 Venezuela VEN
AC Jason Morris 33 United States USA
AC Krisztián Tölgyesi 25 Hungary HUN
AC Majemite Omagbaluwaje 31 Nigeria NGR
AC Marcel Aragão 22 Brazil BRA
AC Mehman Əzizov 24 Azerbaijan AZE
AC Patrick Reiter 28 Austria AUT
AC Ricardo Echarte 25 Spain ESP
AC Robert Krawczyk 22 Poland POL
AC Salifou Koucka Ouiminga 23 Burkina Faso BUR
AC Sergei Aschwanden 24 Switzerland SUI
AC Sergey Kukharenko 24 Belarus BLR
AC Timothy Slyfield 25 New Zealand NZL
AC Tsend-Ayuushiin Ochirbat 25 Mongolia MGL