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Judo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

Judo at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 2, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012
Format: Losing quarter-finalists compete against losing semi-finalist for bronze.

Gold: RUS Tagir Khaybulayev
Silver: MGL Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar
Bronze: NED Henk Grol
GER Dimitri Peters

Summary

The defending champion was Mongolian [Naidanqiin Tüvshinbayar], who was back but was expected to be challenged by the 2011 World Champion, Russian Tagir Khaybulayev, while the top seed was Kazakh Maksim Rakov, but he went out in the first round. Khaybulayev had high-level support as Russian President Vladimir Putin, a judo enthusiast and practitioner, came to watch the matches on this day and root for Khaybulayev. In the semi-final, Khaybulayev met German Dimitri Peters and was expected to win easily, but there was no score in regulation or extra time and he advanced to the final only by hantei (judges’ decision). In the other half of the draw Naidan won his first few matches by ippon, until the semi-final when he defeated Hwang Hui-Tae (KOR) by yuko.

The final was not close. Tüvshinbayar had been injured in the semi-final and Khaybulayev had an easy time of it, winning with a shoulder drop for ippon at 2:14 into the match. This did make Tüvshinbayar the first Mongolian to win two Olympic medals. Peters won one of the bronze medals, while the other went to Dutch judoka Henk Grol, who had won a bronze at Beijing in this class and was World silver medalist in 2010.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tagir Khaybulayev 28 Russia RUS Gold
2 Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar 28 Mongolia MGL Silver
3T Dimitri Peters 28 Germany GER Bronze
3T Henk Grol 27 Netherlands NED Bronze
5T Ramziddin Saidov 30 Uzbekistan UZB
5T Hwang Hui-Tae 34 South Korea KOR
7T Elmar Qasımov 21 Azerbaijan AZE
7T Lukáš Krpálek 21 Czech Republic CZE
9T Levan Zhorzholiani 24 Georgia GEO
9T Artem Bloshenko 27 Ukraine UKR
9T Thierry Fabre 30 France FRA
9T Oreidis Despaigne 30 Cuba CUB
9T Luciano Corrêa 29 Brazil BRA
9T Jevgēņijs Borodavko 25 Latvia LAT
9T Takamasa Anai 27 Japan JPN
9T Yevgeny Bedulin 26 Belarus BLR
17T Maksim Rakov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Daniel Brata 27 Romania ROU
17T Amel Mekić 30 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
17T Daniel Kelly 34 Australia AUS
17T Teerawat Homklin 24 Thailand THA
17T Ramadan Darwish 24 Egypt EGY
17T Kyle Vashkulat 22 United States USA
17T Dominic Dugasse 27 Seychelles SEY
17T Oumar Kone 27 Mali MLI
17T Arik Ze'evi 35 Israel ISR
17T Anthony Liu 25 American Samoa ASA
17T James Austin 29 Great Britain GBR
17T Elco van der Geest 33 Belgium BEL
17T Cristian Schmidt 29 Argentina ARG