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Half-Heavyweight (≤93 kilograms), Men

Date27 July 1976 — 14:00-20:00
StatusOlympic
LocationVélodrome olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants32 from 32 countries
FormatTwo single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the winner of each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Kazuhiro Ninomiya was Japan’s surprising selection for this category. He had been World Champion in 1973 in the open class, and silver medalist in 1975, but lost weight to drop down to this class. The 1975 World Champion in half-heavyweight had been France’s Jean-Luc Rougé. He was present in Montréal but did not make the semi-finals or the repêchage round. He lost in the semis of Pool A to David Starbrook, silver medalist in 1972. Ninomiya made it to the final, where he faced Ramaz Kharshiladze, a Soviet Georgian who had been bronze medalist at the 1975 Worlds. Ninomiya dominated the final, never being in danger, although Harshiladze avoided ippon and waza-ari. Starbrook won one repêchage for a bronze medal, joined by the Swiss, Jürg Röthlisberger.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Kazuhiro NinomiyaJPNGold
2Ramaz KharshiladzeURSSilver
=3David StarbrookGBRBronze
=3Jürg RöthlisbergerSUIBronze
=5Jo Jae-GiKOR
=5Dietmar LorenzGDR
=7An Ung-NamPRK
=7Abdoulaye DjibaSEN
=9Fahed SalemKUW
=10Jean-Luc RougéFRA
=10Johan SchåltzSWE
=12 FuscãoBRA
=12Jorge PortelliARG
=12Arthur SchnabelFRG
=12Tommy MartinUSA
=12Antoni ReiterPOL
=12Jorge ComriePAN
=18José IbáñezCUB
=18José CornavacaNCA
=18Dambajavyn Tsend–AyuushMGL
=18László IpacsHUN
=18Willem MaduroAHO
=18Robert Van de WalleBEL
=18Paul BüchelLIE
=18Koh Eng KianSGP
=18Tsancho AtanasovBUL
=18Eliudis BenítezPUR
=18Gísli ÞorsteinssonISL
=18Johann PollakAUT
=30Goran ŽuvelaYUG
=30Mario VecchiITA
=30Joe MeliCAN

Pool A (27 July 1976)

Round One (27 July 1976)

Match #1 FuscãoBRA
Tai-otoshi (6:00)
Mario VecchiITA
Match #2 Arthur SchnabelFRG
Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (4:07)
Joe MeliCAN

Round Two (27 July 1976)

Match #1 FuscãoBRA
Sogo-gachi (3:12)
José IbáñezCUB
Match #2 Jean-Luc RougéFRA
Harai-goshi (0:38)
José CornavacaNCA
Match #3 David StarbrookGBR bye
Match #4 Jorge PortelliARG
Mune-gatame (3:47)
Dambajavyn Tsend–AyuushMGL
Match #5 Arthur SchnabelFRG
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
László IpacsHUN
Match #6 Abdoulaye DjibaSEN bye
Match #7 Ramaz KharshiladzeURS bye
Match #8 Jo Jae-GiKOR
O-soto-gari (0:27)
Willem MaduroAHO

Quarter-Finals (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Jean-Luc RougéFRA
Harai-makikomi (6:00)
FuscãoBRA
Match #2 David StarbrookGBR
Tai-otoshi (1:18)
Jorge PortelliARG
Match #3 Abdoulaye DjibaSEN
Keikoku (6:00)
Arthur SchnabelFRG
Match #4 Ramaz KharshiladzeURS
Yoko-otoshi (6:00)
Jo Jae-GiKOR

Semi-Finals (27 July 1976)

Match #1 David StarbrookGBR
Yusei-gachi (6:00)
Jean-Luc RougéFRA
Match #2 Ramaz KharshiladzeURS
O-soto-gari (1:42)
Abdoulaye DjibaSEN

Final Round (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Ramaz KharshiladzeURS
Sode-tsuri-komi-goshi (6:00)
David StarbrookGBR

Repêchage (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Jo Jae-GiKOR
Makura-kesa-gatame (2:10)
Abdoulaye DjibaSEN
Match 3/4 David StarbrookGBR
Tai-otoshi (1:52)
Jo Jae-GiKOR

Pool B (27 July 1976)

Round One (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Robert Van de WalleBEL
Tai-otoshi (6:00)
Goran ŽuvelaYUG

Round Two (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Dietmar LorenzGDR
Hadaka-jima (2:37)
Robert Van de WalleBEL
Match #2 Antoni ReiterPOL
Udehishigi-juji-gatame (4:44)
Paul BüchelLIE
Match #3 Kazuhiro NinomiyaJPN
Tate-shiho-gatame (0:42)
Fahed SalemKUW
Match #4 An Ung-NamPRK
O-soto-gari (6:00)
Tsancho AtanasovBUL
Match #5 Jürg RöthlisbergerSUI
Yoko-shiho-gatame (2:14)
Eliudis BenítezPUR
Match #6 Tommy MartinUSA
Moro-te/Seoi-nage (0:22)
Gísli ÞorsteinssonISL
Match #7 Johan SchåltzSWE
O-soto-gari (3:06)
Johann PollakAUT
Match #8 Jorge ComriePAN
O-uchi-gari (6:00)
Koh Eng KianSGP

Quarter-Finals (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Dietmar LorenzGDR
Ko-uchi-gari (6:00)
Antoni ReiterPOL
Match #2 Kazuhiro NinomiyaJPN
Tate-shiho-gatame (1:00)
An Ung-NamPRK
Match #3 Jürg RöthlisbergerSUI
Tai-otoshi (6:00)
Tommy MartinUSA
Match #4 Johan SchåltzSWE
Keikoku (6:00)
Jorge ComriePAN

Semi-Finals (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Kazuhiro NinomiyaJPN
O-soto-gari (6:00)
Dietmar LorenzGDR
Match #2 Jürg RöthlisbergerSUI
Te-guruma (6:00)
Johan SchåltzSWE

Final Round (27 July 1976)

Match #1 Kazuhiro NinomiyaJPN
Okuri-eri-jime (0:57)
Jürg RöthlisbergerSUI

Repêchage (27 July 1976)

Match #1 An Ung-NamPRK
O-soto-gari (0:52)
Fahed SalemKUW
Match #2 Dietmar LorenzGDR
Tsuri-komi-goshi (5:25)
An Ung-NamPRK
Match 3/4 Jürg RöthlisbergerSUI
Yusei-gachi (8:00)
Dietmar LorenzGDR

Final Round (27 July 1976)

Match 1/2 Kazuhiro NinomiyaJPN
Keikoku (10:00)
Ramaz KharshiladzeURS