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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 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: BLR Igor Makarov
Silver: KOR Jang Seong-Ho
Bronze: ISR Arik Ze'evi
GER Michael Jurack

Summary

The overwhelming favorite was Japan’s Kosei Inoue, who was the defending champion in the class, had won the last three World Championships, and had not been defeated in four years. But all streaks come to an end. In the pool semis, he faced Elco van der Geest (NED), who was the 2002 European Champion, with van der Geest winning by a shoulder throw with only 12 seconds left in the match. The final came down to Belarus’s Igor Makarov, who was 2003 World bronze medalist, and Korea’s Jang Seong-Ho, who had won silver and bronze medals at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships. The final was a close match with Makarov winning by points, his waza-ari besting Jang’s two yukos – 0101 to 0020.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Igor Makarov 25 Belarus BLR Gold
2 Jang Seong-Ho 26 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Michael Jurack 25 Germany GER Bronze
3T Arik Ze'evi 27 Israel ISR Bronze
5T Mövlud Mirəliyev 30 Azerbaijan AZE
5T Elco van der Geest 25 Netherlands NED
7T Askhat Zhitkeyev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
7T Ghislain Lemaire 32 France FRA
AC Ramón Ayala 24 Puerto Rico PUR
AC Sami Belgroun 29 Algeria ALG
AC Vitaliy Bubon 21 Ukraine UKR
AC Oreidis Despaigne 22 Cuba CUB
AC Bassel El-Gharbawy 27 Egypt EGY
AC Rhadi Ferguson 31 United States USA
AC Nicolas Gill 32 Canada CAN
AC Yhya Hasaba 30 Syria SYR
AC Vasileios Iliadis 27 Greece GRE
AC Kosei Inoue 26 Japan JPN
AC Barry Kirk Jackman 23 Barbados BAR
AC Iveri Jikurauli 28 Georgia GEO
AC Martin Kelly 31 Australia AUS
AC Masoud Khosravinejad 24 Iran IRI
AC Antal Kovács 32 Hungary HUN
AC Andrés Loforte 25 Argentina ARG
AC Dmitry Maksimov 26 Russia RUS
AC Amel Mekić 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
AC Michele Monti 34 Italy ITA
AC Franck Martial Moussima 20 Cameroon CMR
AC Batjargalyn Odkhüü 27 Mongolia MGL
AC Zoltán Pálkovács 23 Slovakia SVK
AC Timo Peltola 32 Finland FIN
AC Mário Sabino Júnior 31 Brazil BRA
AC José Eugenio Vásquez 25 Dominican Republic DOM