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Half-Heavyweight (≤100 kilograms), Men

Date21 September 2000 — 15:00-18:30-20:30-22:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales (Hall 1 & 2)
Participants33 from 33 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 heavy favorite was Japan’s Kosei Inoue. He was the 1999 World Champion, 1997 and 1999 World Cup champion, 1998 Asian Games champion, and 1997 Kodakan Cup champion. He won the gold medal easily, and Wallechinsky, in The Complete Book of the Olympics, has called it “the most dominating performance in Olympic history.” He won four of five matches by ippon, one by waza-ari and spent only 7:43 to win those matches. His final opponent was Nicolas Gill (CAN), who was well-known but no match for Inoue, losing by ippon in 2:09. Inoue would continue to compete, posting one of the greatest records of any judoka. Through 2008, he would win two more Worlds (2001/2003), four more World Cups, seven All-Japan victories, and two further victories at the Kodakan Cup. He retired after failing to make the 2008 Japanese Olympic team. Inoue married well-known Japanese actress Aki Higashihara. Gill had won a bronze medal in middleweight at the 1992 Olympics, won three medals at the World Championships, and had four international titles in his career – 1995 and 1999 Pan-American Games, 2002 Commonwealth Games, and the lesser-known 2001 Francophone Games.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Kosei InoueJPNGold
2Nicolas GillCANSilver
=3Stéphane TraineauFRABronze
=3Yury StyopkinRUSBronze
=5Arik Ze'eviISR
=5Luigi GuidoITA
=7Iveri JikurauliGEO
=7Mário Sabino JúniorBRA
=9Armen BagdasarovUZB
=9Ato HandUSA
=9Ben SonnemansNED
=9Yosvani KesselCUB
=13Daniel GowingNZL
=13Pedro SoaresPOR
=13Sadok KhalkiTUN
=13Sami BelgrounALG
ACAlejandro BenderARG
ACAntal KovácsHUN
ACAskhat ZhitkeyevKAZ
ACBassel El-GharbawyEGY
ACDaniel GürschnerGER
ACDaniel RusitovicAUS
ACFranz BirkfellnerAUT
ACJang Seong-HoKOR
ACJosé Augusto GeraldinoDOM
ACLeonid SviridBLR
ACLuis Gregorio LópezVEN
ACMarius PaškevičiusLTU
ACPaweł NastulaPOL
ACRadu IvanROU
ACSong QitaoCHN
ACVadim SergeyevKGZ
ACYen Kuo-CheTPE

Pool A (21 September 2000)

Round One (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Bassel El-GharbawyEGY
Ippon/Ippon Seoi-nage (0:20)
Song QitaoCHN

Round Two (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Radu IvanROU
Waza-ari/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Leonid SviridBLR
Match #2 Iveri JikurauliGEO
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (1:15)
Yen Kuo-CheTPE
Match #3 Pedro SoaresPOR
Ippon/Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi (2:26)
Bassel El-GharbawyEGY
Match #4 Nicolas GillCAN
Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (2:38)
Ben SonnemansNED
Match #5 Franz BirkfellnerAUT
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (1:28)
José Augusto GeraldinoDOM
Match #6 Ato HandUSA
Ippon/Hansoku-make/False-Attack (3:36)
Vadim SergeyevKGZ
Match #7 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (2:41)
Yury StyopkinRUS
Match #8 Sami BelgrounALG
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (1:47)
Jang Seong-HoKOR

Quarter-Finals (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Iveri JikurauliGEO
Ippon/Ushiro-goshi (2:26)
Radu IvanROU
Match #2 Nicolas GillCAN
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Kata-garami (1:34)
Pedro SoaresPOR
Match #3 Ato HandUSA
Ippon/Ashi-garami (0:42)
Franz BirkfellnerAUT
Match #4 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (1:49)
Sami BelgrounALG

Semi-Finals (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Nicolas GillCAN
Yuko/Ko-soto-gake (5:00)
Iveri JikurauliGEO
Match #2 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Ippon/Harai-makikomi (2:09)
Ato HandUSA

Final Round (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Nicolas GillCAN
Yuko/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Stéphane TraineauFRA

Repêchage (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Ben SonnemansNED
Waza-ari/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Pedro SoaresPOR
Match #2 Iveri JikurauliGEO
Waza-ari/Defensive-Posture (5:00)
Ben SonnemansNED
Match #3 Yury StyopkinRUS
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:53)
Sami BelgrounALG
Match #4 Yury StyopkinRUS
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (2:02)
Ato HandUSA
Match #5 Yury StyopkinRUS
Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (3:48)
Iveri JikurauliGEO
Match 3/4 Yury StyopkinRUS
Ippon/O-soto-gari (3:41)
Luigi GuidoITA

Pool B (21 September 2000)

Round One (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Kosei InoueJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:18)
Yosvani KesselCUB
Match #2 Daniel GowingNZL
Ippon/Kata-ha-jime (2:56)
Luis Gregorio LópezVEN
Match #3 Antal KovácsHUN
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Sumi-gaeshi (4:30)
Askhat ZhitkeyevKAZ
Match #4 Arik Ze'eviISR
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (2:43)
Paweł NastulaPOL
Match #5 Marius PaškevičiusLTU
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:12)
Alejandro BenderARG
Match #6 Mário Sabino JúniorBRA
Ippon/Ko-soto-gari (4:52)
Daniel GürschnerGER
Match #7 Sadok KhalkiTUN
Yuko (2)/O-uchi-gari (5:15)
Daniel RusitovicAUS
Match #8 Luigi GuidoITA
Waza-ari/Defensive-Posture (5:00)
Armen BagdasarovUZB

Quarter-Finals (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Kosei InoueJPN
Ippon/Seoi-nage (0:16)
Daniel GowingNZL
Match #2 Arik Ze'eviISR
Ippon/Kata-garami (3:47)
Antal KovácsHUN
Match #3 Mário Sabino JúniorBRA
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (3:37)
Marius PaškevičiusLTU
Match #4 Luigi GuidoITA
Ippon/Yoko-guruma (0:56)
Sadok KhalkiTUN

Semi-Finals (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Kosei InoueJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:39)
Arik Ze'eviISR
Match #2 Luigi GuidoITA
Ippon/Yoko-otoshi (1:34)
Mário Sabino JúniorBRA

Final Round (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Kosei InoueJPN
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:21)
Luigi GuidoITA

Repêchage (21 September 2000)

Match #1 Yosvani KesselCUB
Ippon/Harai-goshi (4:16)
Daniel GowingNZL
Match #2 Arik Ze'eviISR
Waza-ari/Ippon Seoi-nage (5:00)
Yosvani KesselCUB
Match #3 Armen BagdasarovUZB
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:31)
Sadok KhalkiTUN
Match #4 Mário Sabino JúniorBRA
Yuko/Chui/Yusei-gachi (5:00)
Armen BagdasarovUZB
Match #5 Arik Ze'eviISR
Ippon/Ippon Seoi-nage (4:46)
Mário Sabino JúniorBRA
Match 3/4 Stéphane TraineauFRA
Ippon/Juji-gatame (3:38)
Arik Ze'eviISR

Final Round (21 September 2000)

Match 1/2 Kosei InoueJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:09)
Nicolas GillCAN