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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 14, 2008
Date Finished: August 14, 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: MGL Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar
Silver: KAZ Askhat Zhitkeyev
Bronze: AZE Mövlud Mirəliyev
NED Henk Grol

Summary

Prior to the Beijing Olympics, Mongolia was known as the nation that had won the most Olympic medals (15) without having won a gold medal. That was not expected to change in this class. But Tüvshinbayar Naidangiin ended Mongolia’s gold medal drought by using waza-ari to win the final over Kazakhstan’s Askhat Zhitkeyev. Naidangiin was almost unknown, his international record consisting only of fifth-place finishes in heavyweight and open class at the 2006 Asian Games. Naidangiin had surprised from the start, upsetting Japan’s Keiji Suzuki in the first round. Suzuki was the defending Olympic Champion and had been World Champion in 2005. The 2007 World Champion was Brazil’s Luciano Corrêa but he also lost his first-round match. Henk Grol of the Netherlands, the 2008 European Champion, claimed one of the bronze medals, the other going to Azerbaijan’s Mövlud Mirəliyev. With Mongolia having won a gold medal, the distinction of winning the most Olympic medals with no golds reverted to the Philippines with nine medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar 24 Mongolia MGL Gold
2 Askhat Zhitkeyev 27 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver
3T Henk Grol 23 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Mövlud Mirəliyev 34 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
5T Przemysław Matyjaszek 30 Poland POL
5T Levan Zhorzholiani 20 Georgia GEO
7T Dániel Hadfi 26 Hungary HUN
7T Jang Seong-Ho 30 South Korea KOR
9T Benny Behrla 22 Germany GER
9T Amel Mekić 26 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
9T Daniel Brata 23 Romania ROU
9T Luciano Corrêa 25 Brazil BRA
13T Talal Al-Enezi 22 Kuwait KUW
13T Keiji Suzuki 28 Japan JPN
13T Hassane Azzoun 28 Algeria ALG
13T Arik Ze'evi 31 Israel ISR
17T Eduardo Costa 30 Argentina ARG
17T Oreidis Despaigne 26 Cuba CUB
17T Keith Morgan 34 Canada CAN
17T Franck Martial Moussima 24 Cameroon CMR
21T Mohamed Ben Saleh 27 Libya LBA
21T Matt Celotti 29 Australia AUS
21T Peter Cousins 27 Great Britain GBR
21T Frédéric Demontfaucon 34 France FRA
21T Teófilo Diek 20 Dominican Republic DOM
21T Ruslan Gasymov 28 Russia RUS
21T Utkir Kurbanov 25 Uzbekistan UZB
21T Arturo Martínez 25 Mexico MEX
21T Zoltán Pálkovács 27 Slovakia SVK
21T Albenis Rosales 25 Venezuela VEN
21T Shao Ning 26 China CHN
21T Adler Volmar 31 United States USA