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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 1992
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: POL Waldemar Legień
Silver: FRA Pascal Tayot
Bronze: CAN Nicolas Gill
JPN Hirotaka Okada


After winning a gold medal at half-middleweight in 1988, and a bronze in the same class at the 1989 Worlds, Poland’s [Waldemar Legień] had moved up to the middleweight division, winning a bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships. But the favorite in the class was Japan’s [Hirotaka Okada], World Champion in 1987 at half-middleweight and in 1991 at middleweight. He had also won the 1990 Asian Games, was a five-time champion in the All-Japan Championships, and twice won at the Kodokan Cup. In the A pool semi-final, Okada went to the final, where he faced Canada’s [Nicolas Gill]. Gill was not yet well-known, but would later win multiple international medals. And in Barcelona he shocked the judo world by upsetting Okada with waza-ari. But Legień defeated Gill in the pool final, and went on to win his second Olympic gold medal, defeating France’s surprising [Pascal Tayot] in the final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Waldemar Legień 28 Poland POL Gold
2 Pascal Tayot 27 France FRA Silver
3T Hirotaka Okada 25 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Nicolas Gill 20 Canada CAN Bronze
5T Adrian Croitoru 21 Romania ROU
5T Axel Lobenstein 27 Germany GER
7T Daniel Kistler 30 Switzerland SUI
7T Yang Jong-Ok 28 South Korea KOR
9T Ben Spijkers 31 Netherlands NED
9T Nikola Filipov 27 Bulgaria BUL
9T Andrés Franco 25 Cuba CUB
9T León Villar 22 Spain ESP
13T Wang Nan 21 China CHN
13T Michael Oduor 29 Kenya KEN
13T Károly Korbel 20 Hungary HUN
13T Giorgio Vismara 27 Italy ITA
17T Chris Bacon 22 Australia AUS
17T Densign White 30 Great Britain GBR
17T Ilualoma Isako 23 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
17T Sandro López 24 Argentina ARG
21T Oleg Maltsev 24 Unified Team EUN
21T Jambalyn Ganbold 32 Mongolia MGL
21T Wagner Castropil 26 Brazil BRA
21T Rajinder Kumar Dhanger 30 India IND
21T Yahia Mufarrih 23 Yemen YEM
21T Hermate Souffrant 24 Haiti HAI
21T Isaac Angbo 26 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
21T André Mayounga 23 Central African Republic CAF
21T Joseph Wanag 25 United States USA
21T Aly Attyé 28 Senegal SEN
21T Pedro Cristóvão 27 Portugal POR
21T Aporosa Boginisoko 23 Fiji FIJ
33T Filip Leščak 31 Slovenia SLO