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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Half-Lightweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 15, 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 Masato Uchishiba
Silver: SVK Jozef Krnáč
Bronze: BUL Georgi Georgiev
CUB Yordanis Arencibia

Summary

The last two World Championships had been won by Iran’s Arash Miresmaeili. But at the weigh-in he was two full kilograms over the class limit, and was disqualified. The Iranian News Agency quoted Miresmaeli as saying he had done this deliberately, rather than face his first-round opponent, Israel’s Ehud Vaks. On his return home, Miresmaeli was given $125,000, the amount given to Iranian gold medal winners, and a ticket to visit Mecca. The Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami as saying, “Miresmaeili's actions would be recorded in the history of Iranian glories.” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then the mayor of Tehran, and later Iran’s President, said that although Miresmaeili “did not get a gold medal, he earned eternal honor by his refusal.” The International Judo Federation investigated this incident, but strangely, when they did so, Miresmaeli claimed he had made no such statements and no sanction was given. Miresmaeli did compete at the 2008 Olympic Games, after winning bronze medals at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, but finished only =9th.

In his absence there was no favorite in Athina and no real story to the competition. Japan’s Masato Uchishiba, who had won at the World University Games in 2001, won the gold medal. In 2008 he would return to defend his gold medal, after winning a silver at the 2005 Worlds. In February 2013 Uchishiba was convicted of raping a student he had been coaching. The incident occurred in 2011 and Uchishiba maintained that it was consensual sex, but the court ruled that he had assaulted her while she was alseep and he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Masato Uchishiba 26 Japan JPN Gold
2 Jozef Krnáč 26 Slovakia SVK Silver
3T Georgi Georgiev 28 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
3T Yordanis Arencibia 24 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Óscar Peñas 29 Spain ESP
5T Davit Margoshvili 24 Georgia GEO
7T João Pina 23 Portugal POR
7T Jorge Lencina 28 Argentina ARG
AC Abdou Alassane Dji Bo 25 Niger NIG
AC Bang Gwi-Man 21 South Korea KOR
AC Larbi Ben Boudaoud 30 France FRA
AC Gantömöriin Dashdavaa 23 Mongolia MGL
AC Bektaş Demirel 28 Turkey TUR
AC Magomed Dzhafarov 28 Russia RUS
AC Henrique Guimarães 31 Brazil BRA
AC Elçin Mehdi İsmayılov 22 Azerbaijan AZE
AC Juan Carlos Jacinto 26 Dominican Republic DOM
AC Murat Kalikulov 25 Uzbekistan UZB
AC Muratbek Kipshakbayev 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Melvin Méndez 29 Puerto Rico PUR
AC Amar Meridja 28 Algeria ALG
AC Miloš Mijalković 26 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
AC Ameen Mohamed El-Hady 21 Egypt EGY
AC Musa Nastuiev 28 Ukraine UKR
AC Ludwig Ortíz 28 Venezuela VEN
AC Alex Ottiano 28 United States USA
AC Juan José Paz 23 Bolivia BOL
AC Miklós Ungvári 23 Hungary HUN
AC Ehud Vaks 25 Israel ISR
AC Georgios Vazagkasvili 30 Greece GRE
AC Heath Young 25 Australia AUS