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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 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 Keiji Suzuki
Silver: RUS Tamerlan Tmenov
Bronze: EST Indrek Pertelson
NED Dennis van der Geest

Summary

At the 2003 World Championships, Japan’s Yasuyuki Muneta won the heavyweight division while his teammate, Keiji Suzuki, won the open class. With no open class at the Olympics, they competed against each other in the Japanese trials for the right to represent Japan in Athina in the heavyweight division. Suzuki was small for a heavyweight, often competing in half-heavyweight, but he defeated Muneta to make the team. The Olympics were easier for him. He advanced to the final where he faced Russian Tamerlan Tmenov, a five-time European champion. But at 1:17 of the final, Suzuki used de-ashi-barai to win by ippon. He would return in 2005 to win the World Championships. Tmenov continued to compete, winning seven European titles thru 2008, and four medals at the World Championships, but without a gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Keiji Suzuki 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Tamerlan Tmenov 27 Russia RUS Silver
3T Dennis van der Geest 29 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Indrek Pertelson 33 Estonia EST Bronze
5T Sayed Miran Fashandi 30 Iran IRI
5T Paolo Bianchessi 23 Italy ITA
7T Andreas Tölzer 24 Germany GER
7T Selim Tataroğlu 32 Turkey TUR
AC Majid Sultan 16 Kuwait KUW
AC Orlando Baccino 33 Argentina ARG
AC Mathieu Bataille 26 France FRA
AC Martin Boonzaayer 31 United States USA
AC Mohamed Bouaichaoui 25 Algeria ALG
AC Joel Brutus 29 Haiti HAI
AC Sergio Andrés Camacho 31 Colombia COL
AC Grzegorz Eitel 23 Poland POL
AC Islam El-Shehaby 22 Egypt EGY
AC Lasha Gujejiani 18 Georgia GEO
AC Daniel Hernandes 25 Brazil BRA
AC Yeldos Ikhsangaliyev 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Kim Seong-Beom 25 South Korea KOR
AC Hadir Lazame 29 Iraq IRQ
AC Luis Morán 33 Honduras HON
AC Gabi Munteanu 31 Romania ROU
AC Chukwuemeka Onyemachi 30 Nigeria NGR
AC Pan Song 28 China CHN
AC Kharis Papaioannou 33 Greece GRE
AC Semír Pepic 31 Australia AUS
AC Vitaliy Polianskiy 23 Ukraine UKR
AC Aytami Ruano 27 Spain ESP
AC Leonel Wilfredo Ruíz 29 Venezuela VEN
AC Yury Rybak 25 Belarus BLR
AC Abdullo Tangriyev 23 Uzbekistan UZB