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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

Judo at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 8, 2016

Gold: JPN Shohei Ono
Silver: AZE Rüstəm Orucov
Bronze: BEL Dirk Van Tichelt
GEO Lasha Shavdatuashvili


After five bronze medals in the first five judo events in Rio, two-time World Champion [Shohei Ono] clinched Japan’s first judo gold of the Games and the first men’s gold for his country since 2008 . He dominated the 73kg final [Rüstəm Orucov] of Azerbaijan winning gold after scoring a Waza-ari (half point) after 1:44 min and the decisive Ippon (full point) after 3:15 min with a successful Ko-uchi-makikomi (minor inner leg reap). A relatively small judoka at 1.70 metres, compared to Orucov’s 1.80 metres for example, Ono was World Champion in 2013 and 2015 and probably one of the sport’s strongest favorites in Rio. Earlier in his career, Ono was involved in an act of violence against younger students at the Tenri University’s judo club, leading to a temporary suspension and preventing him from defending his world title in 2014. But in Rio, Ono was in impressive form.

On his way to the gold medal, Ono won four of five bouts by Ippon including a win against the veteran and surprise bronze medalist [Dirk Van Tichelt] from Belgium. Only the other bronze medalist, Georgia’s [Lasha Shavdatuashvili], the London 2012 gold medalist in the 66 kg division, resisted the full five minutes, although Ono scored a Waza-ari after just 37 seconds. First seeded Korean [An Chang-Rim] was eliminated early by Van Tichelt.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shohei Ono 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Rüstəm Orucov 24 Azerbaijan AZE Silver
3T Lasha Shavdatuashvili 24 Georgia GEO Bronze
3T Dirk Van Tichelt 32 Belgium BEL Bronze
5T Sagi Muki 24 Israel ISR
5T Miklós Ungvári 35 Hungary HUN
7T Denis Yartsev 25 Russia RUS
7T Nick Delpopolo 27 United States USA
9T An Chang-Rim 22 South Korea KOR
9T Sai Yinjirigala 26 China CHN
9T Chamara Repiyallage 24 Sri Lanka SRI
9T Victor Scvortov 28 United Arab Emirates UAE
9T Jake Bensted 22 Australia AUS
9T Dex Elmont 32 Netherlands NED
9T Igor Wandtke 25 Germany GER
9T Ganbaataryn Odbayar 26 Mongolia MGL
17T Mohamad Kasem 22 Syria SYR
17T Morad Zemouri 23 Qatar QAT
17T Pierre Duprat 26 France FRA
17T Alex William Silva 28 Brazil BRA
17T Magdiel Estrada 21 Cuba CUB
17T Benjamin Waterhouse 31 American Samoa ASA
17T Miguel Murillo 22 Costa Rica CRC
17T Zeyad Mater 24 Yemen YEM
17T Didar Khamza 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Andrew Thomas Mlugu 20 Tanzania TAN
17T Mirali Sharipov 28 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Nuno Saraiva 22 Portugal POR
17T Rok Drakšič 29 Slovenia SLO
17T Josue Deprez 34 Haiti HAI
17T Mohamed Mohyeldin 24 Egypt EGY
17T Ahmed Goumar 28 Niger NIG
33T Hong Kuk-Hyon 26 North Korea PRK
33T Jaromír Ježek 29 Czech Republic CZE
33T Faye Njie 22 Gambia GAM