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Half-Middleweight (≤78 kilograms), Men

Date30 July 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPalau Blaugrana, Barcelona
Participants42 from 42 countries
FormatTwo single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

The last several international championships had been spread among several judoka, leaving this class very open. The last two World Champions had been Daniel Lascau (GER) in 1991 and Korea’s Kim Byeong-Ju in 1989. But in a failure of seeding, they met in the first round, with Kim winning. Kim lost in the pool semis to Sweden’s Lars Adolfsson, which knocked Lascau out of the medals. Adolfsson lost the pool final to America’s Jason Morris, who faced Japan’s Hidehiko Yoshida in the final. Yoshida’s best international finish to date had been third at the 1991 World Championships, but he was dominant in Barcelona, winning all his preliminary matches by ippon. The final was no different, with Yoshida using uchi-mata for ippon over Morris at 3:35 to win the gold medal. Morris had been gold medalist at the 1987 and 1991 Pan-American Games. Kim Byeong-Ju won one bronze medal, while the other went to France’s Bertrand Damaisin, who defeated Adolfsson in their bronze medal match.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Hidehiko YoshidaJPNGold
2Jason MorrisUSASilver
=3Bertrand DamaisinFRABronze
=3Kim Byeong-JuKORBronze
=5Johan LaatsBEL
=5Lars AdolfssonSWE
=7Alexandru CiupeROU
=7Sharip VarayevEUN
=9Davaasambuugiin DorjbatMGL
=9Anthonie WurthNED
=9Zsolt ZsoldosHUN
=9Fadi SaikaliLBN
=13Suleman MusaNGR
=13M'Bairo AbakarCHA
=13Ryan BirchGBR
=13Gastón GarcíaARG
=17Hamid FadulSUD
=18Ezequiel ParaguassuBRA
=18Khristodoulos KatsinioridisCYP
=18Anton SummerAUT
=18Krzysztof KamińskiPOL
=22Patrick MatangiZIM
=22Jean Alix HolmandHAI
=22Ahmed Al-ShiekhYEM
=22Graeme SpinksNZL
=22João de SouzaANG
=22Eric BustosBOL
=22Salah RekikTUN
=22Jean-Jacques RakotomalalaMAD
=22Olivier SchaffterSUI
=22António MatiasPOR
=22Abdul Kader DaboMLI
=22John BaylonPHI
=34Sekou CamaraGUI
=34Daniel LascauGER
=34Freyr Gauti SigmundssonISL
=34Moshe PennavayreCIV
=34Marko HaanpääFIN
=34Musuyu KutamaCOD
=34Nacanieli TakayawaFIJ
=34Amadou GuèyeSEN
=34Yahia GregniLBA

Pool A (30 July 1992)

Round One (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Patrick MatangiZIM
Yuko/Ko-uchi-gari (5:00)
Sekou CamaraGUI
Match #2 Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Yuko/Sukui-nage (5:00)
Daniel LascauGER
Match #3 Davaasambuugiin DorjbatMGL
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (1:23)
Freyr Gauti SigmundssonISL
Match #4 João de SouzaANG
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Moshe PennavayreCIV
Match #5 Graeme SpinksNZL
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (4:13)
Marko HaanpääFIN

Round Two (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Ezequiel ParaguassuBRA
Ippon/Uchi-mata (1:15)
Patrick MatangiZIM
Match #2 Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Ippon/Ko-uchi-gari (0:43)
Jean Alix HolmandHAI
Match #3 Davaasambuugiin DorjbatMGL
Ippon/Juji-gatame (0:55)
Ahmed Al-ShiekhYEM
Match #4 Lars AdolfssonSWE
Ippon/Uchi-mata-gaeshi (2:15)
Suleman MusaNGR
Match #5 Anthonie WurthNED
Ippon/Sumi-otoshi (0:23)
João de SouzaANG
Match #6 Khristodoulos KatsinioridisCYP
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (1:07)
Eric BustosBOL
Match #7 Sharip VarayevEUN
Ippon/Tai-otoshi (3:45)
Graeme SpinksNZL
Match #8 Jason MorrisUSA
Ippon/Tomoe-nage (0:25)
M'Bairo AbakarCHA

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Ippon/Kata-gatame (4:27)
Ezequiel ParaguassuBRA
Match #2 Lars AdolfssonSWE
Ippon/Harai-goshi (3:00)
Davaasambuugiin DorjbatMGL
Match #3 Anthonie WurthNED
Ippon/Tai-otoshi (1:35)
Khristodoulos KatsinioridisCYP
Match #4 Jason MorrisUSA
Yuko/Okuri-ashi-barai (5:00)
Sharip VarayevEUN

Semi-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Lars AdolfssonSWE
Yuko/Morote-gari (5:00)
Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Match #2 Jason MorrisUSA
Yuko/Harai-makikomi (5:00)
Anthonie WurthNED

Final Round (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Jason MorrisUSA
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:53)
Lars AdolfssonSWE

Repêchage (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Davaasambuugiin DorjbatMGL
Ippon/Juji-gatame (0:40)
Suleman MusaNGR
Match #2 Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Ippon/Sukui-nage (1:47)
Davaasambuugiin DorjbatMGL
Match #3 Sharip VarayevEUN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (1:43)
M'Bairo AbakarCHA
Match #4 Sharip VarayevEUN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (1:26)
Anthonie WurthNED
Match #5 Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Keikoku/Penalty (5:00)
Sharip VarayevEUN
Match 3/4 Kim Byeong-JuKOR
Waza-ari/Harai-makikomi (5:00)
Johan LaatsBEL

Pool B (30 July 1992)

Round One (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Zsolt ZsoldosHUN
Sogo-gachi (2:40)
Musuyu KutamaCOD
Match #2 Olivier SchaffterSUI
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/Sukui-nage (1:33)
Nacanieli TakayawaFIJ
Match #3 Abdul Kader DaboMLI
Koka/Sukui-nage (5:00)
Amadou GuèyeSEN
Match #4 Hidehiko YoshidaJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:15)
Hamid FadulSUD
Match #5 Jean-Jacques RakotomalalaMAD
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (0:48)
Yahia GregniLBA

Round Two (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Zsolt ZsoldosHUN
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Salah RekikTUN
Match #2 Johan LaatsBEL
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Ryan BirchGBR
Match #3 Bertrand DamaisinFRA
Keikoku/Penalty (5:00)
Olivier SchaffterSUI
Match #4 Anton SummerAUT
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/O-uchi-gari (4:45)
António MatiasPOR
Match #5 Alexandru CiupeROU
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (1:35)
Abdul Kader DaboMLI
Match #6 Krzysztof KamińskiPOL
Ippon/Tai-otoshi (0:23)
John BaylonPHI
Match #7 Hidehiko YoshidaJPN
Ippon/O-soto-gari (0:10)
Fadi SaikaliLBN
Match #8 Gastón GarcíaARG
Ippon/Sukui-nage (2:29)
Jean-Jacques RakotomalalaMAD

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Johan LaatsBEL
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/Yoko-otoshi (2:36)
Zsolt ZsoldosHUN
Match #2 Bertrand DamaisinFRA
Ippon/Sukui-nage (1:45)
Anton SummerAUT
Match #3 Alexandru CiupeROU
Ippon/Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi (0:50)
Krzysztof KamińskiPOL
Match #4 Hidehiko YoshidaJPN
Ippon/Sankaku-jime (2:42)
Gastón GarcíaARG

Semi-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Johan LaatsBEL
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:13)
Bertrand DamaisinFRA
Match #2 Hidehiko YoshidaJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (5:00)
Alexandru CiupeROU

Final Round (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Hidehiko YoshidaJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (4:39)
Johan LaatsBEL

Repêchage (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Zsolt ZsoldosHUN
Ippon/Soto-makikomi (4:25)
Ryan BirchGBR
Match #2 Bertrand DamaisinFRA
Ippon/Sukui-nage (3:10)
Zsolt ZsoldosHUN
Match #3 Fadi SaikaliLBN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:31)
Hamid FadulSUD
Match #4 Fadi SaikaliLBN bye
Match #5 Alexandru CiupeROU
Ippon/Sukui-nage (4:19)
Fadi SaikaliLBN
Match #6 Bertrand DamaisinFRA
Chui/Penalty (5:00)
Alexandru CiupeROU
Match 3/4 Bertrand DamaisinFRA
Waza-ari/Okuri-ashi-barai (5:00)
Lars AdolfssonSWE

Final Round (30 July 1992)

Match 1/2 Hidehiko YoshidaJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (3:35)
Jason MorrisUSA