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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 17, 2004
Date Finished: August 17, 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: GRE Ilias Iliadis
Silver: UKR Roman Hontiuk
Bronze: BRA Flávio Canto
RUS Dmitry Nosov

Summary

Ilias Iliadis was unknown in the international judo world prior to 2004. But only a few months before the Olympics he won the European Championships, representing Greece. Iliadis was a native Georgian, born as Jarji Zviadauri, the cousin of Georgian Olympic champion Zurab Zviadauri. In Athina, Iliadis advanced to the final with only one close match, a pool semi-final win over Korea’s Kwon Yeong-U which Iliadis won by golden score on a penalty against Kwon. The favorite in the other pool was the 2003 World Champion, Germany’s Florian Wanner. But he was upset in the pool semis by Ukrainian Roman Hontiuk. The final matched Hontiuk and Iliadis, with Iliadis winning in 2:06 by ippon, using seoi-otoshi. Hontiuk would become World Cup champion in 2005 and 2007, while Iliadis won silver medals at the World Championships in those years.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ilias Iliadis 17 Greece GRE Gold
2 Roman Hontiuk 20 Ukraine UKR Silver
3T Dmitry Nosov 24 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Flávio Canto 29 Brazil BRA Bronze
5T Mehman Əzizov 28 Azerbaijan AZE
5T Robert Krawczyk 26 Poland POL
7T Florian Wanner 26 Germany GER
7T Kwon Yeong-U 23 South Korea KOR
AC El-Sayed Aboumedan 26 Egypt EGY
AC Gabriel Arteaga 27 Cuba CUB
AC Sergei Aschwanden 28 Switzerland SUI
AC Adil Bel Gaid 33 Morocco MAR
AC Amar Benikhlef 22 Algeria ALG
AC Mohamed Ben Saleh 23 Libya LBA
AC José Miguel Boissard 25 Dominican Republic DOM
AC Aleksei Budõlin 28 Estonia EST
AC Reza Chahkhandagh 22 Iran IRI
AC Cédric Claverie 27 France FRA
AC Nuno Delgado 27 Portugal POR
AC Ricardo Echarte 29 Spain ESP
AC Guillaume Elmont 23 Netherlands NED
AC Morgan Endicott-Davies 30 Australia AUS
AC Richard Hawn 27 United States USA
AC Erkin Ibragimov 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC Grigol Mamrikishvili 23 Georgia GEO
AC Roberto Meloni 23 Italy ITA
AC Damdinsürengiin Nyamkhüü 24 Mongolia MGL
AC Ramziddin Saidov 22 Uzbekistan UZB
AC Ariel Sganga 30 Argentina ARG
AC Sergey Shundikov 23 Belarus BLR
AC Masahiko Tomouchi 27 Japan JPN
AC Mario Antonio Valles 27 Colombia COL