Judo at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Dates 24 – 31 July 2021
Medal Events 15

While the individual events again did not change, like other sports, an additional team event was contested. After 2016, the International Judo Federation shortened the men’s bouts from five to four minutes following the respective change in women’s events prior to the Rio Olympics. There were also minor changes in the judging. Altogether 393 athletes competed in the seven weight classes. The number of male (200) and female (193) athletes was almost equal, reflecting the IOC’s aim of gender equality. The fields in individual events fluctuated between 34 (in half-middleweight, men) and 23 competitors (in extra-lightweight and heavyweight, men). The number of NOCs involved dropped slightly from 136 to 129. The venue was the legendary Nippon Budōkan, a martial arts hall in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo, erected for the first ever Olympic judo competition at the 1964 Games.

Only the host country Japan was entitled to one quota place in each weight class; all other athletes had the chance to qualify via the world rankings of the International Judo Federation as of June 28, 2021, with the top 18 athletes in each class qualifying directly, but just one entry per country. In addition, there were continental qualification places, and 20 quota places awarded by wildcard. To qualify for the mixed team competition, a team had to provide at least one athlete in defined weight classes. Only Japan and Korea had 14 athletes competing, followed by a number of countries with 13 (Brazil, Germany, France and ROC).

In Tokyo, considerably fewer countries (17) collected medals than five years earlier in Rio (27). It came as no surprise that Japan by far was the most successful nation with nine gold, two silver and one bronze. Like 2016, only three countries had a medal count exceeding three: in addition to Japan, France (2, 3, 3) and Georgia (1, 3, 0). Georgia was one of the climbers in the medal table, while the United States dropped out completely. Kosovo confirmed its position as a power, particularly in women’s Judo, with two gold medals after the country’s first ever (gold) medal in 2016. The country only appeared in 2016 and 2020 winning three medals, all gold, and all in women’s Judo.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Extra-Lightweight (≤60 kilograms), Men Olympic 24 July 2021 23 23
Half-Lightweight (≤66 kilograms), Men Olympic 25 July 2021 27 27
Lightweight (≤73 kilograms), Men Olympic 26 July 2021 33 33
Half-Middleweight (≤81 kilograms), Men Olympic 27 July 2021 34 34
Middleweight (≤90 kilograms), Men Olympic 28 July 2021 33 33
Half-Heavyweight (≤100 kilograms), Men Olympic 29 July 2021 24 24
Heavyweight (>100 kilograms), Men Olympic 30 July 2021 22 22
Extra-Lightweight (≤48 kilograms), Women Olympic 24 July 2021 28 28
Half-Lightweight (≤52 kilograms), Women Olympic 25 July 2021 29 29
Lightweight (≤57 kilograms), Women Olympic 26 July 2021 25 25
Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms), Women Olympic 27 July 2021 30 30
Middleweight (≤70 kilograms), Women Olympic 28 July 2021 28 28
Half-Heavyweight (≤78 kilograms), Women Olympic 29 July 2021 24 24
Heavyweight (>78 kilograms), Women Olympic 30 July 2021 27 27
Team, Mixed Olympic 31 July 2021 82 12
388 (197/191) 124 (87/80)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra-Lightweight, Men Naohisa TakatoJPN Yang Yung-WeiTPE Luka Mkheidze
Yeldos Smetov
FRA
KAZ
Half-Lightweight, Men Hifumi AbeJPN Vazha MargvelashviliGEO Daniel Cargnin
An Ba-Ul
BRA
KOR
Lightweight, Men Shohei OnoJPN Lasha ShavdatuashviliGEO An Chang-Rim
Tsend-Ochiryn Tsogtbaatar
KOR
MGL
Half-Middleweight, Men Takanori NagaseJPN Saeid MollaeiMGL Shamil Borchashvili
Matthias Casse
AUT
BEL
Middleweight, Men Lasha BekauriGEO Eduard TrippelGER Krisztián Tóth
Davlat Bobonov
HUN
UZB
Half-Heavyweight, Men Aaron WolfJPN Jo Gu-HamKOR Jorge Fonseca
Niyaz Ilyasov
POR
ROC
Heavyweight, Men Lukáš KrpálekCZE Guram TushishviliGEO Teddy Riner
Tamerlan Bashayev
FRA
ROC
Extra-Lightweight, Women Distria KrasniqiKOS Funa TonakiJPN Mönkhbatyn Urantsetseg
Dar'ia Bilodid
MGL
UKR
Half-Lightweight, Women Uta AbeJPN Amandine BuchardFRA Chelsie Giles
Odette Giuffrida
GBR
ITA
Lightweight, Women Nora GjakovaKOS Sarah-Léonie CysiqueFRA Jessica Klimkait
Tsukasa Yoshida
CAN
JPN
Half-Middleweight, Women Clarisse AgbegnenouFRA Tina TrstenjakSLO Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard
Maria Centracchio
CAN
ITA
Middleweight, Women Chizuru AraiJPN Michaela PolleresAUT Sanne van Dijke
Madina Taymazova
NED
ROC
Half-Heavyweight, Women Shori HamadaJPN Madeleine MalongaFRA Mayra Aguiar
Anna-Maria Wagner
BRA
GER
Heavyweight, Women Akira SoneJPN Idalys OrtizCUB Iryna Kindzerska
Romane Dicko
AZE
FRA
Team, Mixed FranceFRA JapanJPN Germany
Israel
GER
ISR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Japan JPN 9 2 1 12
France FRA 2 3 3 8
Kosovo KOS 2 0 0 2
Georgia GEO 1 3 0 4
Czech Republic CZE 1 0 0 1
Germany GER 0 1 2 3
Mongolia MGL 0 1 2 3
Republic of Korea KOR 0 1 2 3
Austria AUT 0 1 1 2
Chinese Taipei TPE 0 1 0 1
Cuba CUB 0 1 0 1
Slovenia SLO 0 1 0 1
Russian Olympic Committee ROC 0 0 3 3
Brazil BRA 0 0 2 2
Canada CAN 0 0 2 2
Italy ITA 0 0 2 2
Azerbaijan AZE 0 0 1 1
Belgium BEL 0 0 1 1
Great Britain GBR 0 0 1 1
Hungary HUN 0 0 1 1
Israel ISR 0 0 1 1
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 1 1
Netherlands NED 0 0 1 1
Portugal POR 0 0 1 1
Ukraine UKR 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan UZB 0 0 1 1