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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 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: JPN Satoshi Ishii
Silver: UZB Abdullo Tangriyev
Bronze: CUB Oscar Braison
FRA Teddy Riner

Summary

France’s Teddy Riner was the favorite, having won the 2007 World and European Championships, but he was upset in the pool semis by Uzbeki Abdullo Tangriyev. Tangriyev advanced to the final where he faced Japan’s Satoshi Ishii, the 2007 World University Games champion. The final match was close, but Ishii prevailed by yuko to win the gold medal. After the Olympics he upset the Japanese judo community by leaving the sport to sign a huge contract to compete in Mixed Martial Arts. Riner would come back in the repêchage to win a bronze, with the other bronze going to Cuba’s Oscar Braison, the 2008 World Cup Champion.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Satoshi Ishii 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Abdullo Tangriyev 27 Uzbekistan UZB Silver
3T Oscar Braison 23 Cuba CUB Bronze
3T Teddy Riner 19 France FRA Bronze
5T Lasha Gujejiani 22 Georgia GEO
5T Mohammad Reza Roudaki 24 Iran IRI
7T João Schlittler 23 Brazil BRA
7T Tamerlan Tmenov 31 Russia RUS
9T Rudy Hachache 28 Lebanon LIB
9T Dan McCormick 22 United States USA
9T Paolo Bianchessi 27 Italy ITA
9T Andreas Tölzer 28 Germany GER
13T Ricardo Blas, Jr. 21 Guam GUM
13T Carlos Zegarra 23 Peru PER
13T Islam El-Shehaby 26 Egypt EGY
13T Janusz Wojnarowicz 28 Poland POL
17T Yeldos Ikhsangaliyev 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Þormóður Jónsson 25 Iceland ISL
17T Martin Padar 29 Estonia EST
17T Pan Song 32 China CHN
21T Diéguy Bathily 31 Senegal SEN
21T Barna Bor 21 Hungary HUN
21T Anis Chedli 27 Tunisia TUN
21T Talant Dzhanagulov 18 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
21T Pablo Figueroa 26 Puerto Rico PUR
21T Kim Seong-Beom 29 South Korea KOR
21T Sandro López 40 Argentina ARG
21T Makhgalyn Bayarjavkhlan 30 Mongolia MGL
21T Semír Pepic 35 Australia AUS
21T Yury Rybak 29 Belarus BLR
21T Yevhen Sotnykov 27 Ukraine UKR
21T Dennis van der Geest 33 Netherlands NED
33T Joel Brutus 33 Haiti HAI
33T Matjaž Ceraj 24 Slovenia SLO