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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 10, 2016

Gold: JPN Mashu Baker
Silver: GEO Varlam Lip'art'eliani
Bronze: CHN Cheng Xunzhao
KOR Gwak Dong-Han


A short time after [Haruka Tachimoto] won the women's middleweight competition in the 70 kg division, Japan celebrated another gold thanks to [Mashu Baker] in the men’s 90 kg division. Top seed Baker, the son of an American father but born and raised in Japan by his Japanese mother, took the gold, while third seeded [Varlam Lip'art'eliani] from Georgia and second seeded [Gwak Dong-Han] won silver and bronze, respectively. The other bronze medalist, China’s [Cheng Xunzhao], was a surprise medalist from the lower part of the ranking list.

Baker was trained at the Kodokan, the world’s oldest and most prestigious Dojo (judo school). In his first three matches in Rio, he defeated his respective opponents by an Ippon (full point) after approximately two minutes of each contest. In the semi-final, it took him 4:40 min to apply a Kesa-gatame (scarf hold) for an Ippon to beat Cheng. In the final, however, he fought very defensively after scoring a Yuko (advantage) after 2:17 min. To the displeasure of the crowd, Baker carefully held on to this minimal lead although he conceded two penalties for defensive posture. The desperate Lip'art'eliani, however, also failed to score, and thus the Georgian had to settle for silver.

Korea’s reigning World Champion Gwak lost his semi-final against Lip'art'eliani but at least claimed bronze, along with China's Cheng. Refugee Olympic Athlete [Popole Misenga], who defected from the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a good performance. He defeated India’s [Avtar Singh] in the first round and resisted Gwak for four minutes in the second.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mashu Baker 21 Japan JPN Gold
2 Varlam Lip'art'eliani 27 Georgia GEO Silver
3T Gwak Dong-Han 24 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Cheng Xunzhao 25 China CHN Bronze
5T Marcus Nyman 25 Sweden SWE
5T Lkhagvasürengiin Otgonbaatar 23 Mongolia MGL
7T Alexandre Iddir 25 France FRA
7T Məmmədəli Mehdiyev 23 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Aleksandar Kukolj 24 Serbia SRB
9T Colton Brown 24 United States USA
9T Krisztián Tóth 22 Hungary HUN
9T Celtus Dossou Yovo 30 Benin BEN
9T Popole Misenga 24 Refugee Olympic Athletes ROT
9T Tiago Camilo 34 Brazil BRA
9T Ovini Uera 28 Nauru NRU
9T Asley González 26 Cuba CUB
17T Marc Odenthal 25 Germany GER
17T Mihael Žgank 22 Slovenia SLO
17T Ciril Grossklaus 25 Switzerland SUI
17T Iszlam Monier Suliman 25 Sudan SUD
17T Kiplangat Sang 35 Kenya KEN
17T Ilias Iliadis 29 Greece GRE
17T Sherali Juraev 29 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Célio Dias 23 Portugal POR
17T Thomas Briceño 22 Chile CHI
17T Avtar Singh 24 India IND
17T Kirill Denisov 28 Russia RUS
17T Zack Piontek 25 South Africa RSA
17T Komronshokh Ustopiriyon 23 Tajikistan TJK
17T Renick James 28 Belize BIZ
17T Noël van 't End 25 Netherlands NED
17T Quedjau Nhabali 26 Ukraine UKR
33T Abderrahmane Benamadi 31 Algeria ALG
33T Ibrahim Khalaf 30 Jordan JOR
33T Martín Michel 21 Bolivia BOL