Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 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:|| Sergei Aschwanden
Georgian-born Greek Ilias Iliadis was the defending champion and had been runner-up at the 2005 and 2007 Worlds. But in round one, he was drawn against Mark Huizinga of the Netherlands, a perennial medalist at major internationals, and Huizinga put Iliadis out by ippon, although Huizinga lost his next match. The favorite in the division was likely the 2007 World Champion, Irakli Tsirekidze of Georgia, but he had not won gold at either the 2007 or 2008 Europeans. Tsirekidze made it to the final, where he faced the surprising Amar Ben Ikhlef of Algeria, whose only previous major titles had come at the 2004 and 2008 African Championships. The match was close, but Tsirekidze confirmed his favorite status, winning by shido.
|13T||Patrick Trezise||26||South Africa||RSA|
|15T||José Gregorio Camacho||25||Venezuela||VEN|
|20T||Alexis Chiclana||21||Puerto Rico||PUR|
|20T||Choi Seon-Ho||31||South Korea||KOR|
|20T||Winston Gordon||31||Great Britain||GBR|
|20T||Brian Olson||35||United States||USA|