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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 18, 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: GEO Zurab Zviadauri
Silver: JPN Hiroshi Izumi
Bronze: NED Mark Huizinga
RUS Khasanbi Taov

Summary

The last two World Championships had been won by Frédéric Demontfaucon (FRA-2003) and Korea’s Hwang Hui-Tae in 2005. Also back was the defending Olympic champion, Dutch judoka Mark Huizinga. Another contender was Georgia’s Zurab Zviadauri who had placed second at the Worlds in both 2003 and 2005. Huizinga went out first, losing to Hwang in the second round, although he would go thru the repêchage to win a bronze medal, as he had in this class in 1996. In the pool final, Hwang was defeated by Japan’s Hiroshi Izumi, who had won the World University Games in 2003. In the other pool, Zviadauri advanced to the final to meet Izumi. The final was an easy victory for Zviadauri, who dominated Izumi, and won by ippon at 3:03. Zviadauri’s cousin, Ilias Iliadis of Greece, who was born in Georgia as Jarji Zviadauri, also won a gold medal in Athina in the half-middleweight class. At the 2005 World Championships in this class, Izumi won the gold medal, defeating Iliadis, who had by then moved up in class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zurab Zviadauri 23 Georgia GEO Gold
2 Hiroshi Izumi 22 Japan JPN Silver
3T Khasanbi Taov 26 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Mark Huizinga 30 Netherlands NED Bronze
5T Hwang Hui-Tae 26 South Korea KOR
5T Winston Gordon 27 Great Britain GBR
7T Daniel Kelly 26 Australia AUS
7T Eduardo Costa 26 Argentina ARG
AC David Alarza 27 Spain ESP
AC Krisna Bayu 29 Indonesia INA
AC Toni Besolí 28 Andorra AND
AC José Gregorio Camacho 21 Venezuela VEN
AC Frédéric Demontfaucon 30 France FRA
AC Gerhard Dempf 25 Germany GER
AC Yosvany Despaigne 28 Cuba CUB
AC Abbas Fallah 27 Iran IRI
AC José Vicbart Geraldino 26 Dominican Republic DOM
AC José Goldschmied 28 Mexico MEX
AC Valentyn Hrekov 28 Ukraine UKR
AC Carlos Honorato 29 Brazil BRA
AC Dionysios Iliadis 21 Greece GRE
AC Sergey Kukharenko 28 Belarus BLR
AC Gabriel Lama 30 Chile CHI
AC Francesco Lepre 29 Italy ITA
AC Przemysław Matyjaszek 26 Poland POL
AC Khaled Meddah 26 Algeria ALG
AC Rostand Barry Melaping 25 Cameroon CMR
AC Hesham Misbah 22 Egypt EGY
AC Keith Morgan 30 Canada CAN
AC Tsend-Ayuushiin Ochirbat 29 Mongolia MGL
AC Brian Olson 31 United States USA
AC Vyacheslav Pereteyko 23 Uzbekistan UZB