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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004
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 Tadahiro Nomura
Silver: GEO Nest'or Khergiani
Bronze: MGL Khashbaataryn Tsagaanbaatar
KOR Choi Min-Ho

Summary

Tadahiro Nomura had won the gold medal in this class in 1996 and 2000. But in 2001 he married former model Yoko Sakai, and competed less in the ensuing years. In 2003, he won the All-Japan Championships for the first time in three years, advancing to the World Championships, where he won what was for him a disappointing bronze. He was expected to be challenged in Athina by Great Britain’s Craig Fallon, runner-up at the 2003 World Championships, who would win that title in 2005. But Fallon lost in the pool quarters and Nomura went on to dominate the event thru the early rounds. In the final he defeated Georgia’s Nest’or Khergiani by decision to become the first judoka to win three consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. Nomura did not compete again until 2006 when he announced his intention to win a fourth gold medal in Beijing. He won the 2006 All-Japan title, his sixth in that event, but eventually did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics and retired just before they started.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tadahiro Nomura 29 Japan JPN Gold
2 Nest'or Khergiani 29 Georgia GEO Silver
3T Khashbaataryn Tsagaanbaatar 20 Mongolia MGL Bronze
3T Choi Min-Ho 23 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Kenji Uematsu 27 Spain ESP
5T Masoud Haji Akhondzadeh 26 Iran IRI
7T Revaz Zintiridis 18 Greece GRE
7T Oliver Gussenberg 26 Germany GER
AC Cristobal Alejandro Aburto 28 Mexico MEX
AC Younes Ahamdi 28 Morocco MAR
AC Miguel Albarracín 23 Argentina ARG
AC Reiver Alvarenga 26 Venezuela VEN
AC Jean-Claude Cameroun 31 Cameroon CMR
AC Benjamin Darbelet 23 France FRA
AC Bazarbek Donbay 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Craig Fallon 21 Great Britain GBR
AC David Fernández 31 Costa Rica CRC
AC Scott Fernandis 23 Australia AUS
AC Francis Labrosse 25 Seychelles SEY
AC Modesto Lara 30 Dominican Republic DOM
AC Alexandre Lee 26 Brazil BRA
AC Anis Lounifi 26 Tunisia TUN
AC Armen Nazaryan 22 Armenia ARM
AC Sergey Novikov 22 Belarus BLR
AC Ludwig Paischer 22 Austria AUT
AC Pak Nam-Chol 25 North Korea PRK
AC Omar Rebahi 25 Algeria ALG
AC Akram Shah 26 India IND
AC Yevgeny Stanev 24 Russia RUS
AC Albert Techov 24 Lithuania LTU
AC Taraje Williams-Murray 19 United States USA
AC Gal Yekutiel 22 Israel ISR
AC Sanzhar Zakirov 21 Uzbekistan UZB