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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's 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 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 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: NED Mark Huizinga
Silver: BRA Carlos Honorato
Bronze: UKR Ruslan Mashurenko
FRA Frédéric Demontfaucon

Summary

Japan’s Hidehiko Yoshida was considered a slight favorite. He had won the gold medal in half-middleweight at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. After retiring in 1997, he came back in 1999 to win the World Championships in this class. But he lost in a Pool B semi against Brazil’s Carlos Honorato. Honorato threw Yoshida, who dislocated his elbow and would have had to quit, although the unknown Honorato achieved ippon with his throw. Honorato advanced to the final, where he met Mark Huizinga of the Netherlands. Huizinga was a three-time European Champion (1996-98) and bronze medalist in this class in 1996. In the final, Huizinga used a leg throw to win by ippon in 3:22. Huizinga would continue to win international medals – including a bronze in this class at the 2004 Olympics. From 1994-2008 he won 12 medals at the Europeans, including five golds, winning again in 2001 and 2008. Honorato’s only other international podium finish would be a bronze at the 2003 Pan-American Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mark Huizinga 27 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Carlos Honorato 25 Brazil BRA Silver
3T Frédéric Demontfaucon 26 France FRA Bronze
3T Ruslan Mashurenko 29 Ukraine UKR Bronze
5T Keith Morgan 26 Canada CAN
5T Rəsul Səlimov 18 Azerbaijan AZE
7T Brian Olson 27 United States USA
7T Fernando González 31 Spain ESP
9T Adrian Croitoru 29 Romania ROU
9T Eduardo Costa 22 Argentina ARG
9T Hidehiko Yoshida 31 Japan JPN
9T Jean-Claude Raphaël 27 Mauritius MRI
13T Carlos Santiago 22 Puerto Rico PUR
13T Krisna Bayu 25 Indonesia INA
13T Robert Ivers 31 Australia AUS
13T Yosvany Despaigne 24 Cuba CUB
AC Batjargalyn Odkhüü 23 Mongolia MGL
AC Dmitry Morozov 26 Russia RUS
AC Gabriel Lama 26 Chile CHI
AC Georgi Gugava 21 Georgia GEO
AC José Vicbart Geraldino 22 Dominican Republic DOM
AC Kamol Muradov 25 Uzbekistan UZB
AC Khaled Meddah 22 Algeria ALG
AC Lee Chih-Feng 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC Luis René López 22 Venezuela VEN
AC Marko Spittka 29 Germany GER
AC Michele Monti 30 Italy ITA
AC Sergey Shakimov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Skander Hachicha 28 Tunisia TUN
AC Victor Florescu 26 Moldova MDA
AC Xu Zhiming 20 China CHN
AC Yu Seong-Yeon 24 South Korea KOR