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Half-Heavyweight (≤95 kilograms), Men

Date21 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia (Hall H)
Participants32 from 32 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 defending champion, Antal Kovács, had won the 1993 World Championships, but the 1995 title went to Poland’s Paweł Nastula. Both were in Atlanta, as was the 1988 Olympic gold medalist Aurélio Miguel of Brazil. All were drawn in Pool A and Nastula and Kovács were drawn against each other in their first match, which went to Nastula by ippon in less than a minute. Nastula and Miguel met in the pool final, where they fought a very close match, Nastula winning by penalties. In the final Nastula met Kim Min-Su of Korea, who was no match for the Pole, losing by ippon in 1:33, as Nastula used kuzure-kesa-gatame for the victory. Nastula repeated as World Champion in 1997 but then turned to Mixed Martial Arts, with only minimal success.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Paweł NastulaPOLGold
2Kim Min-SuKORSilver
=3Aurélio MiguelBRABronze
=3Stéphane TraineauFRABronze
=5Antal KovácsHUN
=5Ben SonnemansNED
=7Alejandro BenderARG
=7Yoshio NakamuraJPN
=9Antonio FélicitéMRI
=9Pedro SoaresPOR
=9Dmitry SergeyevRUS
=9Daniel GowingNZL
=13Sergey ShakimovKAZ
=13Luigi GuidoITA
=13Vernharð ÞorleifssonISL
=13Leonid SviridBLR
=17Ray StevensGBR
=17Mevlud LobzhanidzeGEO
=17Keith MorganCAN
=17Ángel SánchezCUB
=21Nacanieli Takayawa-QerawaqaFIJ
=21Willan BouzaURU
=21Arturo GutiérrezMEX
=21Khayrullo NazrievTJK
=21Radu IvanROU
=21Detlef KnorrekGER
=21Bassel El-GharbawyEGY
=21Dmitry SolovyovUZB
=21Rene CapoUSA
=21Semír PepicSVK
=31Mohamed Bu SakherKUW
=31Ronny GómezCRC

Pool A (21 July 1996)

Round One (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Khayrullo NazrievTJK
Ippon/Seoi-nage (0:46)
Ronny GómezCRC

Round Two (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Aurélio MiguelBRA
Ippon/Seoi-otoshi (4:58)
Alejandro BenderARG
Match #2 Sergey ShakimovKAZ
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/Ko-soto-gari (3:28)
Nacanieli Takayawa-QerawaqaFIJ
Match #3 Antonio FélicitéMRI
Waza-ari/O-uchi-gari (5:00)
Willan BouzaURU
Match #4 Keith MorganCAN
Chui/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Arturo GutiérrezMEX
Match #5 Paweł NastulaPOL
Ippon/Juji-gatame (0:59)
Antal KovácsHUN
Match #6 Luigi GuidoITA
Chui/Fingers-in-Sleeve (5:00)
Khayrullo NazrievTJK
Match #7 Ángel SánchezCUB
Ippon/Ko-soto-gake (0:23)
Radu IvanROU
Match #8 Pedro SoaresPOR
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (2:46)
Detlef KnorrekGER

Quarter-Finals (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Aurélio MiguelBRA
Hansoku-make/Non-Combativity (3:13)
Sergey ShakimovKAZ
Match #2 Antonio FélicitéMRI
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (2:57)
Keith MorganCAN
Match #3 Paweł NastulaPOL
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/O-uchi-gaeshi (3:59)
Luigi GuidoITA
Match #4 Pedro SoaresPOR
Ippon/O-soto-gari (3:44)
Ángel SánchezCUB

Semi-Finals (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Aurélio MiguelBRA
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:00)
Antonio FélicitéMRI
Match #2 Paweł NastulaPOL
Ippon/Ippon Seoi-nage (2:17)
Pedro SoaresPOR

Final Round (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Paweł NastulaPOL
Chui/Defensive-Posture (5:00)
Aurélio MiguelBRA

Repêchage (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Alejandro BenderARG
Ippon/O-soto-gaeshi (2:07)
Sergey ShakimovKAZ
Match #2 Alejandro BenderARG
Ippon/Ko-soto-gake (2:33)
Antonio FélicitéMRI
Match #3 Antal KovácsHUN
Ippon/Kuchiki-taoshi (2:00)
Luigi GuidoITA
Match #4 Antal KovácsHUN
Shido/Defensive-Posture (5:00)
Pedro SoaresPOR
Match #5 Antal KovácsHUN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:10)
Alejandro BenderARG
Match 3/4 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Waza-ari/Koshi-garami (5:00)
Antal KovácsHUN

Pool B (21 July 1996)

Round One (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Semír PepicSVK
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (0:25)
Mohamed Bu SakherKUW

Round Two (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Ben SonnemansNED bye
Match #2 Ray StevensGBR
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Bassel El-GharbawyEGY
Match #3 Kim Min-SuKOR
Hansoku-make/Non-Combativity (4:58)
Vernharð ÞorleifssonISL
Match #4 Dmitry SergeyevRUS
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (2:48)
Dmitry SolovyovUZB
Match #5 Yoshio NakamuraJPN bye
Match #6 Mevlud LobzhanidzeGEO
Ippon/Harai-makikomi (3:27)
Rene CapoUSA
Match #7 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Keikoku/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Leonid SviridBLR
Match #8 Daniel GowingNZL
Ippon/Kusure-yoko-shiho-gatame (3:51)
Semír PepicSVK

Quarter-Finals (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Ben SonnemansNED
Chui/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Ray StevensGBR
Match #2 Kim Min-SuKOR
Waza-ari/Ko-soto-gake (5:00)
Dmitry SergeyevRUS
Match #3 Yoshio NakamuraJPN
Ippon/Tsuri-komi-goshi (0:23)
Mevlud LobzhanidzeGEO
Match #4 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Ippon/Juji-gatame (2:56)
Daniel GowingNZL

Semi-Finals (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Kim Min-SuKOR
Waza-ari/Ko-soto-gake (5:00)
Ben SonnemansNED
Match #2 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Ippon/Kuchiki-taoshi (0:09)
Yoshio NakamuraJPN

Final Round (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Kim Min-SuKOR
Ippon/Ippon Seoi-nage (3:06)
Stéphane TraineauFRA

Repêchage (21 July 1996)

Match #1 Dmitry SergeyevRUS
Ippon/Juji-gatame (1:46)
Vernharð ÞorleifssonISL
Match #2 Ben SonnemansNED
Hansoku-make/Non-Combativity (4:50)
Dmitry SergeyevRUS
Match #3 Daniel GowingNZL
Keikoku/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Leonid SviridBLR
Match #4 Yoshio NakamuraJPN
Sogo-gachi/Spine-Extension (2:52)
Daniel GowingNZL
Match #5 Ben SonnemansNED
Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Yoshio NakamuraJPN
Match 3/4 Aurélio MiguelBRA
Ippon/Tai-otoshisae-komi-waza (2:13)
Ben SonnemansNED

Final Round (21 July 1996)

Match 1/2 Paweł NastulaPOL
Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (1:33)
Kim Min-SuKOR