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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 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 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016

Gold: FRA Teddy Riner
Silver: JPN Hisayoshi Harasawa
Bronze: BRA Rafael da Silva
ISR Or Sasson


France won both men and women’s heavyweight gold medals on the final day of the Rio 2016 judo competition, and victory in the men’s edition was the final gold medal of the entire competition, repeating their feat of London 2012. [Teddy Riner], the country’s flagbearer during the Opening Ceremony and one of the heavy favorites, successfully defended his gold medal from London. The 2.04 m tall, almost 140 kg giant, continued his winning streak at European and World Championships, as well as Olympic Games, because his last major defeat was in the final of the 2010 World Championships. In the quarter-final in Rio, Riner opposed the home favorite [Rafael da Silva]. Although Silva received three penalties, he survived the regular period of five minutes but was eventually defeated by a Waza-ari (half point) by Riner. In the semi-final, Riner had to once more go the full distance against Israel’s [Or Sasson], again winning by a Waza-ari with Sumi-gaeshi (corner throw) in the last second.

The other half of the draw was dominated by Japan’s [Hisayoshi Harasawa]. After a difficult start in his first bout, he dominated his remaining opponents , winning the next three fights by Ippon (full point). The final was between the two dominant judokas in this division, Riner and Harasawa, but the gold medal was finally decided based on Shidos (penalties), with two given to Harasawa early in the bout and one to Riner half a minute from the final bell. This was enough for Riner to clinch the gold, leaving silver for Harasawa. The bronze medals went to two of Riner’s victims, Rafael Silva and Or Sasson.

In his first contest of the day, Sasson met Egypt’s [Islam El-Shehaby], a fixture overshadowed by political issues. When the Israeli won by Ippon, El-Shehaby refused to shake hands or bow, the normal gesture of appreciation after any encounter in judo. Consequently, the Egyptian was booed by the crowd. Allegedly, he had been under pressure by nationalists and Islamists not to compete at all.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Teddy Riner 27 France FRA Gold
2 Hisayoshi Harasawa 24 Japan JPN Silver
3T Rafael da Silva 29 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Or Sasson 25 Israel ISR Bronze
5T Abdullo Tangriyev 35 Uzbekistan UZB
5T Alex García 23 Cuba CUB
7T Roy Meyer 25 Netherlands NED
7T Yury Krakovetsky 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
17T Mohammed Amine Tayeb 30 Algeria ALG
17T Renat Saidov 27 Russia RUS
17T Kim Seong-Min 29 South Korea KOR
17T Maciej Sarnacki 29 Poland POL
17T Uşangi Kokauri 24 Azerbaijan AZE
17T Barna Bor 29 Hungary HUN
17T Yakiv Khammo 22 Ukraine UKR
17T Daniel Natea 24 Romania ROU
33T Battulgyn Temüülen 27 Mongolia MGL
33T Ramón Pileta 39 Honduras HON
33T Daniel Allerstorfer 23 Austria AUT
33T Deo Gracia Ngokaba 19 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
33T Freddy Figueroa 21 Ecuador ECU
33T Islam El-Shehaby 34 Egypt EGY
33T Þormóður Jónsson 33 Iceland ISL
33T Adam Okruashvili 27 Georgia GEO
33T Artūrs Ņikiforenko 24 Latvia LAT
33T Faicel Jaballah 28 Tunisia TUN
33T Mukhamadmurod Abdurakhmonov 29 Tajikistan TJK
33T Rachid Sidibé 25 Burkina Faso BUR
33T Andre Breitbarth 26 Germany GER
33T Kunathip Yea-On 20 Thailand THA
33T Derek Sua 28 Samoa SAM