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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

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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.

Gold: GEO Irakli Tsirekidze
Silver: ALG Amar Benikhlef
Bronze: SUI Sergei Aschwanden
EGY Hesham Misbah


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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irakli Tsirekidze 26 Georgia GEO Gold
2 Amar Benikhlef 26 Algeria ALG Silver
3T Sergei Aschwanden 32 Switzerland SUI Bronze
3T Hesham Misbah 26 Egypt EGY Bronze
5T Yves-Matthieu Dafreville 26 France FRA
5T Ivan Pershin 28 Russia RUS
7T Andrey Kazusenok 24 Belarus BLR
7T Eduardo Santos 25 Brazil BRA
9T Mohamed El-Assri 32 Morocco MAR
9T Diego Rosati 29 Argentina ARG
9T Elxan Məmmədov 26 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Roberto Meloni 27 Italy ITA
13T Asley González 18 Cuba CUB
13T Patrick Trezise 26 South Africa RSA
15T David Alarza 31 Spain ESP
15T José Gregorio Camacho 25 Venezuela VEN
15T Mark Huizinga 34 Netherlands NED
15T Hiroshi Izumi 26 Japan JPN
15T Khurshid Nabiyev 22 Uzbekistan UZB
20T Ne'matullo Asronqulov 26 Tajikistan TJK
20T Jevgēņijs Borodavko 21 Latvia LAT
20T Alexis Chiclana 21 Puerto Rico PUR
20T Choi Seon-Ho 31 South Korea KOR
20T Hossein Ghomi 25 Iran IRI
20T Winston Gordon 31 Great Britain GBR
20T Valentyn Hrekov 32 Ukraine UKR
20T He Yanzhu 26 China CHN
20T Ilias Iliadis 21 Greece GRE
20T Daniel Kelly 30 Australia AUS
20T Brian Olson 35 United States USA
20T Michael Pinske 22 Germany GER