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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 9, 2008
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: KOR Choi Min-Ho
Silver: AUT Ludwig Paischer
Bronze: NED Ruben Houkes
UZB Rishod Sobirov
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Ruben Houkes of the Netherlands was favored, having won the 2007 World Championship and as a medalist at the 2005, 2006, and 2008 Europeans. He would eventually win a bronze medal. The #1 seed was Ludwig Paischer of Austria, medalist at the last two World Championships. He made it to the final, where he faced Korea’s Choi Min-Ho. Choi won the gold medal, defeating Paischer with ippon in 2:14. In his pool final, Choi had needed only four seconds to win by ippon over Ruben Houkes of the Netherlands. Houkes had also been considered a favorite, having won the 2007 World Championship and having won a medal at the 2005, 2006, and 2008 Europeans, and he would win a bronze medal in Beijing. The other bronze went to Uzbeki Rishod Sobirov, the runner-up at the 2007 Asian Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Choi Min-Ho 27 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Ludwig Paischer 26 Austria AUT Silver
3T Ruben Houkes 29 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Rishod Sobirov 21 Uzbekistan UZB Bronze
5T Dimitri Dragin 23 France FRA
5T Gal Yekutiel 26 Israel ISR
7T Craig Fallon 25 Great Britain GBR
7T Frazer Will 26 Canada CAN
9T Masoud Haji Akhondzadeh 30 Iran IRI
9T Kim Kyong-Jin 22 North Korea PRK
9T Javier Guédez 25 Venezuela VEN
9T Ruslan Kishmakhov 28 Russia RUS
13T Younes Ahamdi 32 Morocco MAR
13T Miguel Albarracín 27 Argentina ARG
13T Lavrentis Alexanidis 30 Greece GRE
13T Nest'or Khergiani 33 Georgia GEO
17T Hovhannes Davtyan 24 Armenia ARM
17T Liu Renwang 22 China CHN
17T Pavel Petřikov 22 Czech Republic CZE
17T Taraje Williams-Murray 23 United States USA
21T Matthew D'Aquino 23 Australia AUS
21T Rok Drakšič 21 Slovenia SLO
21T Khashbaataryn Tsagaanbaatar 24 Mongolia MGL
21T Hiroaki Hiraoka 23 Japan JPN
21T Ali Khousrof 16 Yemen YEM
21T Denilson Lourenço 31 Brazil BRA
21T Elie Norbert 24 Madagascar MAD
21T Yosmani Piker 21 Cuba CUB
21T Omar Rebahi 29 Algeria ALG
21T Yann Siccardi 22 Monaco MON
21T Albert Techov 28 Lithuania LTU
21T Salamat Utarbayev 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
33 Maksym Korotun 23 Ukraine UKR