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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: September 25, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the winner of each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: KOR Kim Jae-Yeop
Silver: USA Kevin Asano
Bronze: JPN Shinji Hosokawa
URS Amiran T'ot'ik'ashvili


The two favorites were Japan’s [Shinji Hosokawa] and Korea’s [Kim Jae-Yeop]. Hosokawa had won the 1984 gold medal and the 1985 World Championship. Kim was the silver medalist in 1984, and had won the 1987 Worlds, defeating Hosokawa in the final. Kim made his way to the final with no difficulties. Hosokawa met [Kevin Asano] (USA) in the pool final. Asano had been bronze medalist at the 1987 World Championships. Both used several varieties of tomoe-nage and both eluded being thrown throughout the match. The two judges split, giving the decision to the referee who advanced Asano to the final. The final was very close. Kim eventually won the gold medal, but only by a late shido given to Asano for passivity. The Korean crowd was wildly ecstatic, and when Kim appeared for the medal ceremony, it was in traditional Korean dress.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim Jae-Yeop 23 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Kevin Asano 25 United States USA Silver
3T Shinji Hosokawa 28 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Amiran T'ot'ik'ashvili 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T Patrick Roux 26 France FRA
5T Sheu Tsay-Chwan 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
7T Petr Šedivák 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
7T Helmut Dietz 23 West Germany FRG
9T Sérgio Pessoa 26 Brazil BRA
9T Lee Kan 26 Hong Kong HKG
11 Mohamed Madhar 25 Suriname SUR
12T József Csák 21 Hungary HUN
12T Zhang Guojun 25 China CHN
14T Guno Berenstein 20 Netherlands NED
14T Ali Idir 21 Algeria ALG
14T Pavel Botev 24 Bulgaria BUL
14T Renato Santos 23 Portugal POR
14T Salvador Hernández 27 Mexico MEX
14T Neil Eckersley 24 Great Britain GBR
20T Gilberto García 19 Dominican Republic DOM
20T Luis Martínez 22 Puerto Rico PUR
20T Gilles Pages 25 Monaco MON
20T Alberto Francini 30 San Marino SMR
20T Ireneusz Kiejda 24 Poland POL
20T Haldun Efemgil 22 Turkey TUR
20T Phil Takahashi 31 Canada CAN
20T Mikhalakis Skouroumounis 31 Cyprus CYP
20T Emad El-Din Hassan 24 Egypt EGY
20T Badrakhyn Nyamjav 25 Mongolia MGL
20T Carlos Sotillo 25 Spain ESP
20T Abbão Bartolomeu 22 Angola ANG
20T Daniel Brunhart 20 Liechtenstein LIE
20T Ricardo Belmonte 23 Bolivia BOL
35T Mohamed Kohsrof 22 North Yemen YAR
35T Marino Cattedra 23 Italy ITA
35T Jerry Dino 23 Philippines PHI