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Heavyweight (>100 kilograms), Men

Date20 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Ano Liosion, Ano Liossia
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.

At the 2003 World Championships, Japan’s Yasuyuki Muneta won the heavyweight division while his teammate, Keiji Suzuki, won the open class. With no open class at the Olympics, they competed against each other in the Japanese trials for the right to represent Japan in Athina in the heavyweight division. Suzuki was small for a heavyweight, often competing in half-heavyweight, but he defeated Muneta to make the team. The Olympics were easier for him. He advanced to the final where he faced Russian Tamerlan Tmenov, a five-time European champion. But at 1:17 of the final, Suzuki used de-ashi-barai to win by ippon. He would return in 2005 to win the World Championships. Tmenov continued to compete, winning seven European titles thru 2008, and four medals at the World Championships, but without a gold.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Keiji SuzukiJPNGold
2Tamerlan TmenovRUSSilver
=3Dennis van der GeestNEDBronze
=3Indrek PertelsonESTBronze
=5Sayed Miran FashandiIRI
=5Paolo BianchessiITA
=7Andreas TölzerGER
=7Selim TataroğluTUR
ACMajid SultanKUW
ACOrlando BaccinoARG
ACMatthieu BatailleFRA
ACMartin BoonzaayerUSA
ACMohamed BouaichaouiALG
ACJoel BrutusHAI
ACSergio Andrés CamachoCOL
ACGrzegorz EitelPOL
ACIslam El-ShehabyEGY
ACLasha GujejianiGEO
ACDaniel HernandesBRA
ACYeldos IkhsangaliyevKAZ
ACKim Seong-BeomKOR
ACHadir LazameIRQ
ACLuis MoránHON
ACGabi MunteanuROU
ACChukwuemeka OnyemachiNGR
ACPan SongCHN
ACKharis PapaioannouGRE
ACSemír PepicAUS
ACVitaliy PolianskyiUKR
ACAythami RuanoESP
ACLeonel Wilfredo RuizVEN
ACYury RybakBLR
ACAbdullo TangriyevUZB

Pool A (20 August 2004)

Round One (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Kim Seong-BeomKOR
Yuko/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Aythami RuanoESP

Round Two (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Vitaliy PolianskyiUKR
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (1:49)
Islam El-ShehabyEGY
Match #2 Paolo BianchessiITA
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Soto-makikomi (3:31)
Kim Seong-BeomKOR
Match #3 Dennis van der GeestNED
Ippon/Soto-makikomi (1:53)
Luis MoránHON
Match #4 Yeldos IkhsangaliyevKAZ
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:09)
Hadir LazameIRQ
Match #5 Keiji SuzukiJPN
Waza-ari/Soto-makikomi (5:00)
Andreas TölzerGER
Match #6 Kharis PapaioannouGRE
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (1:00)
Leonel Wilfredo RuizVEN
Match #7 Yury RybakBLR
Ippon/Sumi-gaeshi (0:38)
Orlando BaccinoARG
Match #8 Pan SongCHN
Ippon/Ko-soto-gake (2:56)
Grzegorz EitelPOL

Quarter-Finals (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Paolo BianchessiITA
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (2:38)
Vitaliy PolianskyiUKR
Match #2 Dennis van der GeestNED
Ippon/Kami-shiho-gatame (2:47)
Yeldos IkhsangaliyevKAZ
Match #3 Keiji SuzukiJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (3:02)
Kharis PapaioannouGRE
Match #4 Yury RybakBLR
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Sukui-nage (2:03)
Pan SongCHN

Semi-Finals (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Paolo BianchessiITA
Koka/False-Attack (5:00/3:40) Golden Score
Dennis van der GeestNED
Match #2 Keiji SuzukiJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (3:42)
Yury RybakBLR

Final Round (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Keiji SuzukiJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:55)
Paolo BianchessiITA

Repêchage (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Kim Seong-BeomKOR
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (2:12)
Vitaliy PolianskyiUKR
Match #2 Andreas TölzerGER
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (1:19)
Kharis PapaioannouGRE
Match #3 Dennis van der GeestNED
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (2:05)
Kim Seong-BeomKOR
Match #4 Andreas TölzerGER
Ippon/Kata-gatame (1:06)
Yury RybakBLR
Match #5 Dennis van der GeestNED
Ippon/Ashi-guruma (0:06)
Andreas TölzerGER
Match 3/4 Dennis van der GeestNED
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Kesa-gatame (1:28)
Sayed Miran FashandiIRI

Pool B (20 August 2004)

Round Two (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Sayed Miran FashandiIRI
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:20)
Joel BrutusHAI
Match #2 Selim TataroğluTUR
Ippon/Tai-otoshi (3:22)
Lasha GujejianiGEO
Match #3 Martin BoonzaayerUSA
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (2:21)
Majid SultanKUW
Match #4 Semír PepicAUS
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:13)
Sergio Andrés CamachoCOL
Match #5 Daniel HernandesBRA
Waza-ari/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Chukwuemeka OnyemachiNGR
Match #6 Tamerlan TmenovRUS
Ippon/Ude-gatame (2:38)
Gabi MunteanuROU
Match #7 Abdullo TangriyevUZB
Ippon/Tsuri-goshi (4:17)
Matthieu BatailleFRA
Match #8 Indrek PertelsonEST
Ippon/Sukui-nage (1:57)
Mohamed BouaichaouiALG

Quarter-Finals (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Sayed Miran FashandiIRI
Ippon/Non-Combativity (3:28)
Selim TataroğluTUR
Match #2 Semír PepicAUS
Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (1:18)
Martin BoonzaayerUSA
Match #3 Tamerlan TmenovRUS
Ippon/Sukui-nage (4:33)
Daniel HernandesBRA
Match #4 Indrek PertelsonEST
Yuko (2)/Sumi-otoshi (5:00)
Abdullo TangriyevUZB

Semi-Finals (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Sayed Miran FashandiIRI
Waza-ari/Yoko-otoshi (5:00)
Semír PepicAUS
Match #2 Tamerlan TmenovRUS
Ippon/Soto-makikomi (3:10)
Indrek PertelsonEST

Final Round (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Tamerlan TmenovRUS
Ippon/Tsuri-komi-goshi (4:40)
Sayed Miran FashandiIRI

Repêchage (20 August 2004)

Match #1 Selim TataroğluTUR
Ippon/Hold-Trouser-Leg (2:18)
Joel BrutusHAI
Match #2 Daniel HernandesBRA
Ippon/Uchi-mata (1:39)
Gabi MunteanuROU
Match #3 Selim TataroğluTUR
Waza-ari/O-uchi-gari (5:00)
Semír PepicAUS
Match #4 Indrek PertelsonEST
Ippon/Sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi (4:23)
Daniel HernandesBRA
Match #5 Indrek PertelsonEST
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Yoko-guruma (4:37)
Selim TataroğluTUR
Match 3/4 Indrek PertelsonEST
Ippon/Uchi-mata (1:17)
Paolo BianchessiITA

Final Round (20 August 2004)

Match 1/2 Keiji SuzukiJPN
Ippon/De-ashi-barai (1:17)
Tamerlan TmenovRUS