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Extra-Lightweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date25 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationJang-chung Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul
Participants36 from 36 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.

The two favorites were Japan’s Shinji Hosokawa and Korea’s Kim Jae-Yeop. Hosokawa had won the 1984 gold medal and the 1985 World Championship. Kim was the silver medalist in 1984, and had won the 1987 Worlds, defeating Hosokawa in the final. Kim made his way to the final with no difficulties. Hosokawa met Kevin Asano (USA) in the pool final. Asano had been bronze medalist at the 1987 World Championships. Both used several varieties of tomoe-nage and both eluded being thrown throughout the match. The two judges split, giving the decision to the referee who advanced Asano to the final. The final was very close. Kim eventually won the gold medal, but only by a late shido given to Asano for passivity. The Korean crowd was wildly ecstatic, and when Kim appeared for the medal ceremony, it was in traditional Korean dress.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Kim Jae-YeopKORGold
2Kevin AsanoUSASilver
=3Shinji HosokawaJPNBronze
=3Amiran T'ot'ik'ashviliURSBronze
=5Patrick RouxFRA
=5Sheu Tsay-ChwanTPE
=7Petr ŠedivákTCH
=7Helmut DietzFRG
=9Sérgio PessoaBRA
=9Lee KanHKG
11Mohamed MadharSUR
=12József CsákHUN
=12Zhang GuojunCHN
=14Guno BerensteinNED
=14Ali IdirALG
=14Pavel BotevBUL
=14Renato SantosPOR
=14Salvador HernándezMEX
=14Neil EckersleyGBR
=20Gilberto GarcíaDOM
=20Gilles PagesMON
=20Alberto FranciniSMR
=20Ireneusz KiejdaPOL
=20Haldun EfemgilTUR
=20Phil TakahashiCAN
=20Mikhalis SkouroumounisCYP
=20Emad El-Din HassanEGY
=20Badrakhyn NyamjavMGL
=20Carlos SotilloESP
=20Abbão BartolomeuANG
=20Daniel BrunhartLIE
=20Ricardo BelmonteBOL
=33Luis MartínezPUR
=33Mohamed KohsrofYAR
=33Marino CattedraITA
=33Jerry DinoPHI

Pool A (25 September 1988)

Round One (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Kim Jae-YeopKOR
Ippon (2:28)
Mohamed MadharSUR
Match #2 Alberto FranciniSMR
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon (1:40)
Mohamed KohsrofYAR
Match #3 József CsákHUN
Waza-ari (5:00)
Marino CattedraITA

Round Two (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Kim Jae-YeopKOR
Koka (5:00)
Amiran T'ot'ik'ashviliURS
Match #2 Sérgio PessoaBRA
Ippon (2:34)
Gilles PagesMON
Match #3 Guno BerensteinNED
Ippon (0:19)
Alberto FranciniSMR
Match #4 Helmut DietzFRG
Keikoku (5:00)
Ireneusz KiejdaPOL
Match #5 József CsákHUN
Koka (5:00)
Haldun EfemgilTUR
Match #6 Ali IdirALG
Ippon (1:33)
Phil TakahashiCAN
Match #7 Pavel BotevBUL
Ippon (2:45)
Mikhalis SkouroumounisCYP
Match #8 Patrick RouxFRA
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Emad El-Din HassanEGY

Quarter-Finals (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Kim Jae-YeopKOR
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Sérgio PessoaBRA
Match #2 Helmut DietzFRG
Keikoku (5:00)
Guno BerensteinNED
Match #3 József CsákHUN
Koka (5:00)
Ali IdirALG
Match #4 Patrick RouxFRA
Koka (5:00)
Pavel BotevBUL

Semi-Finals (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Kim Jae-YeopKOR
Ippon (3:27)
Helmut DietzFRG
Match #2 Patrick RouxFRA
Ippon (2:59)
József CsákHUN

Final Round (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Kim Jae-YeopKOR
Koka (5:00)
Patrick RouxFRA

Repêchage (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Amiran T'ot'ik'ashviliURS
Ippon (0:17)
Mohamed MadharSUR
Match #2 Amiran T'ot'ik'ashviliURS
Ippon (1:57)
Sérgio PessoaBRA
Match #3 Amiran T'ot'ik'ashviliURS
Yuko (5:00)
Helmut DietzFRG
Match 3/4 Amiran T'ot'ik'ashviliURS
Yuko (5:00)
Patrick RouxFRA

Pool B (25 September 1988)

Round One (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Zhang GuojunCHN
Ippon (0:29)
Jerry DinoPHI
Match #2 Neil EckersleyGBR
Ippon (2:19)
Luis MartínezPUR

Round Two (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Zhang GuojunCHN
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Badrakhyn NyamjavMGL
Match #2 Renato SantosPOR
Kiken-gachi (0:40)
Carlos SotilloESP
Match #3 Salvador HernándezMEX bye
Match #4 Shinji HosokawaJPN
Ippon (0:35)
Abbão BartolomeuANG
Match #5 Neil EckersleyGBR
Ippon (1:39)
Daniel BrunhartLIE
Match #6 Sheu Tsay-ChwanTPE
Ippon (1:43)
Ricardo BelmonteBOL
Match #7 Lee KanHKG
Ippon (1:13)
Gilberto GarcíaDOM
Match #8 Kevin AsanoUSA
Koka (5:00)
Petr ŠedivákTCH

Quarter-Finals (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Zhang GuojunCHN
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Renato SantosPOR
Match #2 Shinji HosokawaJPN
Ippon (1:23)
Salvador HernándezMEX
Match #3 Sheu Tsay-ChwanTPE
Ippon (2:43)
Neil EckersleyGBR
Match #4 Kevin AsanoUSA
Ippon (0:24)
Lee KanHKG

Semi-Finals (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Shinji HosokawaJPN
Ippon (0:42)
Zhang GuojunCHN
Match #2 Kevin AsanoUSA
Ippon (2:57)
Sheu Tsay-ChwanTPE

Final Round (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Kevin AsanoUSA
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Shinji HosokawaJPN

Repêchage (25 September 1988)

Match #1 Petr ŠedivákTCH
Ippon (2:27)
Lee KanHKG
Match #2 Sheu Tsay-ChwanTPE
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Petr ŠedivákTCH
Match 3/4 Shinji HosokawaJPN
Ippon (1:08)
Sheu Tsay-ChwanTPE

Final Round (25 September 1988)

Match 1/2 Kim Jae-YeopKOR
Shido (5:00)
Kevin AsanoUSA