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.
|Bronze:|| Ruben Houkes
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.
|1||Choi Min-Ho||27||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|7T||Craig Fallon||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Masoud Haji Akhondzadeh||30||Iran||IRI|
|9T||Kim Kyong-Jin||22||North Korea||PRK|
|17T||Pavel Petřikov||22||Czech Republic||CZE|
|17T||Taraje Williams-Murray||23||United States||USA|