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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000
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 Kosei Inoue
Silver: CAN Nicolas Gill
Bronze: FRA Stéphane Traineau
RUS Yury Styopkin


The heavy favorite was Japan’s [Kosei Inoue]. He was the 1999 World Champion, 1997 and 1999 World Cup champion, 1998 Asian Games champion, and 1997 Kodakan Cup champion. He won the gold medal easily, and Wallechinsky, in The Complete Book of the Olympics, has called it “the most dominating performance in Olympic history.” He won four of five matches by ippon, one by waza-ari and spent only 7:43 to win those matches. His final opponent was [Nicolas Gill] (CAN), who was well-known but no match for Inoue, losing by ippon in 2:09. Inoue would continue to compete, posting one of the greatest records of any judoka. Through 2008, he would win two more Worlds (2001/2003), four more World Cups, seven All-Japan victories, and two further victories at the Kodakan Cup. He retired after failing to make the 2008 Japanese Olympic team. Inoue married well-known Japanese actress Aki Higashihara. Gill had won a bronze medal in middleweight at the 1992 Olympics, won three medals at the World Championships, and had four international titles in his career – 1995 and 1999 Pan-American Games, 2002 Commonwealth Games, and the lesser-known 2001 Francophone Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kosei Inoue 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Nicolas Gill 28 Canada CAN Silver
3T Stéphane Traineau 33 France FRA Bronze
3T Yury Styopkin 28 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Arik Ze'evi 23 Israel ISR
5T Luigi Guido 32 Italy ITA
7T Iveri Jikurauli 24 Georgia GEO
7T Mário Sabino Júnior 27 Brazil BRA
9T Armen Bagdasarov 28 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Ato Hand 25 United States USA
9T Ben Sonnemans 28 Netherlands NED
9T Yosvani Kessel 23 Cuba CUB
13T Daniel Gowing 29 New Zealand NZL
13T Pedro Soares 26 Portugal POR
13T Sadok Khalki 21 Tunisia TUN
13T Sami Belgroun 25 Algeria ALG
AC Alejandro Bender 24 Argentina ARG
AC Antal Kovács 28 Hungary HUN
AC Askhat Zhitkeyev 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Bassel El-Gharbawy 23 Egypt EGY
AC Daniel Gürschner 27 Germany GER
AC Daniel Rusitovic 24 Australia AUS
AC Franz Birkfellner 23 Austria AUT
AC Jang Seong-Ho 22 South Korea KOR
AC José Augusto Geraldino 29 Dominican Republic DOM
AC Leonid Svirid 33 Belarus BLR
AC Luís Gregorio López 21 Venezuela VEN
AC Marius Paškevičius 20 Lithuania LTU
AC Paweł Nastula 30 Poland POL
AC Radu Ivan 31 Romania ROU
AC Song Qitao 22 China CHN
AC Vadim Sergeyev 35 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC Yen Kuo-Che 29 Chinese Taipei TPE