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Judo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: July 30, 2012
Format: Losing quarter-finalists compete against losing semi-finalist for bronze.

Gold: RUS Mansur Isayev
Silver: JPN Riki Nakaya
Bronze: MGL Saynjargalyn Nyam-Ochir
FRA Ugo Legrand


[Riki Nakaya] of Japan, the 2011 World Champion, was the favorite, with Korea’s [Wang Gi-Chun], the 2008 silver medalist, also expected to challenge. Nakaya made it to the final, but only after a very close match in the semis with Dutch judoka [Dex Elmont]. The match was scoreless through regular time and three minutes of extra time, but Nakaya moved on by referee’s decision, or hantei. In the other half of the draw, [Mansur Isayev], the 2009 World bronze medalist, advanced to the final to meet Nakaya by defeating Wang in the semis.

The final was close throughout, with Isayev going ahead by yuko with only 1:22 remaining. Nikaya pinned him with 27 seconds left, but Isayev wriggled out to preserve his lead and the victory, winning the gold medal. The bronze medals were both won by upsets with Mongolian [Sainjargalyn Nyam-Ochir] defeating Elmont, and France’s [Ugo Legrand] defeating Wang, who was off the podium. American [Nick Delpopolo], who originally placed in a tie for seventh, was later disqualified for a doping positive which revealed marijuana use.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mansur Isayev 25 Russia RUS Gold
2 Riki Nakaya 23 Japan JPN Silver
3T Saynjargalyn Nyam-Ochir 26 Mongolia MGL Bronze
3T Ugo Legrand 23 France FRA Bronze
5T Dex Elmont 28 Netherlands NED
5T Wang Gi-Chun 23 South Korea KOR
7 Rasul Boqiev 29 Tajikistan TJK
8T Jaromír Ježek 25 Czech Republic CZE
8T Dirk Van Tichelt 28 Belgium BEL
8T Rüstəm Orucov 20 Azerbaijan AZE
8T Volodymyr Soroka 29 Ukraine UKR
8T Josef Palelashvili 25 Israel ISR
8T Navruz Dzhurakobilov 28 Uzbekistan UZB
8T Bruno Mendonça 27 Brazil BRA
8T Hussein Hafiz 26 Egypt EGY
16T Rinat Ibragimov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
16T Aleni Smith 29 Samoa SAM
16T Maher Abu Rmilah 28 Palestine PLE
16T Cheung Chi Yip 25 Hong Kong HKG
16T Kiyoshi Uematsu 34 Spain ESP
16T Gideon van Zyl 22 South Africa RSA
16T Christopher Völk 23 Germany GER
16T João Pina 30 Portugal POR
16T Kyle Maxwell 21 Barbados BAR
16T Sezer Huysuz 34 Turkey TUR
16T Nick Tritton 28 Canada CAN
16T Daniel Williams 23 Great Britain GBR
16T Emmanuel Nartey 29 Ghana GHA
16T Yannick Uwase 18 Rwanda RWA
16T Tomasz Adamiec 30 Poland POL
16T Osman Murillo 26 Costa Rica CRC
32T Nugzar T'at'alashvili 22 Georgia GEO
32T Sled Dowabobo 29 Nauru NRU
AC Nick Delpopolo 23 United States USA DQ