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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 11, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016

Gold: CZE Lukáš Krpálek
Silver: AZE Elmar Qasımov
Bronze: FRA Cyrille Maret
JPN Ryunosuke Haga


Czech [Lukáš Krpálek] dedicated his gold medal to his friend Alexandr Jurecka. Non-Olympian Jurecka, who competed in European and World Championships, and was expected to be a candidate for the Rio Olympics, died in a diving accident in Lake Garda in Italy in 2015. During his competition in Rio, Krpálek always had a photo of Jurecka at hand. The third-seeded Czech faced favorite [Elmar Qasımov] from Azerbaijan in the final, after defeating the second-seeded [Cyrille Maret] from France in the semi-final by an Ippon (full point) with just seconds to go. In an otherwise scoreless fight, Krpálek applied an Ouchi-gari (big inner reap) for an Ippon after 4:36 min to win his country’s first ever judo medal after the separation from Slovakia. Qasımov had to settle for silver.

Maret and the 2015 World Champion [Ryunosuke Haga] of Japan both defeated well-known opponents by Ippon in their bronze medal contests. Maret beat German World Championship runner-up [Karl-Richard Frey] and Haga beat the Ukrainian [Artem Bloshenko] . None of the three competing 2012 medalists advanced to the quarter-final.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lukáš Krpálek 25 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Elmar Qasımov 25 Azerbaijan AZE Silver
3T Cyrille Maret 28 France FRA Bronze
3T Ryunosuke Haga 25 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Karl-Richard Frey 25 Germany GER
5T Artem Bloshenko 31 Ukraine UKR
7T Ramadan Darwish 28 Egypt EGY
7T Beka Gviniashvili 20 Georgia GEO
9T Lyes Bouyacoub 33 Algeria ALG
9T José Armenteros 23 Cuba CUB
9T Cho Gu-Ham 24 South Korea KOR
9T Yan Naing Soe 37 Myanmar MYA
9T Henk Grol 31 Netherlands NED
9T Toma Nikiforov 23 Belgium BEL
9T Maksim Rakov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Rafael Buzacarini 24 Brazil BRA
17T Tagir Khaybulayev 32 Russia RUS
17T Ivan Remarenco 27 United Arab Emirates UAE
17T Dominic Dugasse 31 Seychelles SEY
17T Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar 32 Mongolia MGL
17T Martin Pacek 29 Sweden SWE
17T Shah Hussain Shah 23 Pakistan PAK
17T Miklós Cirjenics 26 Hungary HUN
17T Christopher George 32 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
17T Ayouba Traoré 33 Mali MLI
17T Kyle Reyes 22 Canada CAN
17T Javad Mahjoub 25 Iran IRI
17T Benjamin Fletcher 24 Great Britain GBR
17T Jorge Fonseca 23 Portugal POR
17T Grigori Minaškin 25 Estonia EST
17T Jevgēņijs Borodavko 29 Latvia LAT
17T Pablo Aprahamian 30 Uruguay URU
33T Soyib Kurbonov 28 Uzbekistan UZB
33T Mohammad Tawfiq Bakhshi 30 Afghanistan AFG