Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics


Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place in the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall and featured 368 judoka competing for 14 gold medals with seven different weight categories in both the men's and women's competitions. Japan dominated the event by taking 8 gold and 2 silver medals.

Gold and silver medals in each weight class were determined by a single-elimination bracket. There was a repechage for those who are eliminated by one of the eventual semifinalists. Since there are four semifinalists, this means that four of the losers of the round of 32 (i.e., 25%) faced four of the losers from the round of 16 (50%). The winners of these matches faced the four judokas who have lost in the quarterfinals. The winners, then, of these four matches faced each other to narrow the repechage field down to two judokas. Until this stage, the repechage has been segregated into two distinct halves, with each successive competitor facing another one from the same half of the original bracket; but each of the two judokas who emerge from the repechage challenged the loser of the other bracket's semifinal. (Since these two always come from opposite halves of the original bracket, they could not have faced each other already.) The winners of these two matches were each awarded a bronze medal, making judo unusual among Olympic events in not determining a single third-place finisher.

There was controversy in the men's competition, when Iranian competitor and two-times world champion Arash Miresmaeili weighed in overweight and was disqualified before a match in which he would have faced Israeli judoka Ehud Vaks. Miresmaeili's comments strongly suggested that he had intentionally disqualified himself so as not to compete against an Israeli.[1]


  • Medal summary 1
    • Men's events 1.1
    • Women's events 1.2
  • Medal table 2
  • References 3

Medal summary

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra-lightweight (60 kg)
 Tadahiro Nomura
Japan (JPN)
 Nestor Khergiani
 Khashbaataryn Tsagaanbaatar
Mongolia (MGL)
 Choi Min-Ho
South Korea (KOR)
Half-lightweight (66 kg)
 Masato Uchishiba
Japan (JPN)
 Jozef Krnáč
Slovakia (SVK)
 Georgi Georgiev
Bulgaria (BUL)
 Yordanis Arencibia
Cuba (CUB)
Lightweight (73 kg)
 Lee Won-Hee
South Korea (KOR)
 Vitaliy Makarov
Russia (RUS)
 Leandro Guilheiro
Brazil (BRA)
 Jimmy Pedro
United States (USA)
Half-middleweight (81 kg)
 Ilias Iliadis
Greece (GRE)
 Roman Gontyuk
Ukraine (UKR)
 Dmitri Nossov
Russia (RUS)
 Flávio Canto
Brazil (BRA)
Middleweight (90 kg)
 Zurab Zviadauri
 Hiroshi Izumi
Japan (JPN)
 Mark Huizinga
Netherlands (NED)
 Khasanbi Taov
Russia (RUS)
Half-heavyweight (100 kg)
 Ihar Makarau
Belarus (BLR)
 Jang Sung-Ho
South Korea (KOR)
 Ariel Zeevi
Israel (ISR)
 Michael Jurack
Germany (GER)
Heavyweight (+100 kg)
 Keiji Suzuki
Japan (JPN)
 Tamerlan Tmenov
Russia (RUS)
 Indrek Pertelson
Estonia (EST)
 Dennis van der Geest
Netherlands (NED)

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra-lightweight (48 kg)
 Ryoko Tani
Japan (JPN)
 Frédérique Jossinet
France (FRA)
 Gao Feng
China (CHN)
 Julia Matijass
Germany (GER)
Half-lightweight (52 kg)
 Xian Dongmei
China (CHN)
 Yuki Yokosawa
Japan (JPN)
 Ilse Heylen
Belgium (BEL)
 Amarilis Savón
Cuba (CUB)
Lightweight (57 kg)
 Yvonne Bönisch
Germany (GER)
 Kye Sun-Hui
North Korea (PRK)
 Deborah Gravenstijn
Netherlands (NED)
 Yurisleidy Lupetey
Cuba (CUB)
Half-middleweight (63 kg)
 Ayumi Tanimoto
Japan (JPN)
 Claudia Heill
Austria (AUT)
 Driulis González
Cuba (CUB)
 Urška Žolnir
Slovenia (SLO)
Middleweight (70 kg)
 Masae Ueno
Japan (JPN)
 Edith Bosch
Netherlands (NED)
 Qin Dongya
China (CHN)
 Annett Böhm
Germany (GER)
Half-heavyweight (78 kg)
 Noriko Anno
Japan (JPN)
 Liu Xia
China (CHN)
 Yurisel Laborde
Cuba (CUB)
 Lucia Morico
Italy (ITA)
Heavyweight (+78 kg)
 Maki Tsukada
Japan (JPN)
 Daima Beltrán
Cuba (CUB)
 Tea Donguzashvili
Russia (RUS)
 Sun Fuming
China (CHN)

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 8 2 0 10
2  China (CHN) 1 1 3 5
3  South Korea (KOR) 1 1 1 3
4   (GEO) 1 1 0 2
5  Germany (GER) 1 0 3 4
6  Belarus (BLR) 1 0 0 1
 Greece (GRE) 1 0 0 1
8  Russia (RUS) 0 2 3 5
9  Cuba (CUB) 0 1 5 6
10  Netherlands (NED) 0 1 3 4
11  Austria (AUT) 0 1 0 1
 France (FRA) 0 1 0 1
 North Korea (PRK) 0 1 0 1
 Slovakia (SVK) 0 1 0 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 0 1 0 1
16  Brazil (BRA) 0 0 2 2
17  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
 Bulgaria (BUL) 0 0 1 1
 Estonia (EST) 0 0 1 1
 Israel (ISR) 0 0 1 1
 Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
 Mongolia (MGL) 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 1 1
 United States (USA) 0 0 1 1
Total 14 14 28 56


  1. ^ "Mystery over Iran judo 'protest'", BBC, August 15, 2004
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