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Judo

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THE 14 EVENTS

  • Men (7 events): 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg, +100kg
  • Women (7 events): 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, 78kg, +78kg

THE FORMAT

Contestants are split into two knockout groups, the winners of the two groups then face off for the gold. Those knocked out in the quarter-finals then fight for two play-off places against the beaten semi-finalists for the bronze medal.

MILESTONES

1882

Japan's Jigoro Kano creates judo.

1930

First official judo championships are held in Japan.

1956

First men's world championships are held in Tokyo.

1964

Appearance of judo at the Olympic Games in Tokyo with 4 categories.

October 23, 1964

Judo makes its Olympic debut at the Games in Tokyo. Holland's Anton Geesink beats Japan's Akio Kaminaga in the final of the Open category. For Japan, it is a great humiliation.

1972

Judo is recognised definitively as an Olympic sport in Munich after being absent from the Games in 1968.

1992

Women's judo features at the Games for the first time in Barcelona.

STARS

Yasuhiro Yamashita (Japan)

A legend. Unbeaten over a seven-year period in which he was Olympic champion in the Open category and heavyweight world champion three times (1979, 1981, 1983) and Open category once (1981). After a series of 203 victories from October 1977, he retired in 1985.

David Douillet (France)

One of the greatest. Olympic champion in 1996 and 2000 and triple heavyweight world champion in 1993, 1995 and 1997 and once in the open. The Frenchman weighs in at 125kg and has won it all.

Ryoko Tamura (Japan)

Miss Judo. At just 16-years-old she won an Olympic silver in 1992, a feat she repeated in 1996 before taking gold at both Sydney in 2000 and Athens 2004. Winning bronze in 2008, she has therefore won a medal in the 48kg category at all Games since the introduction of women's judo as an Olympic sport. She was world champion six successive times between 1993 and 2003 and holds a very special place in the hearts of Japanese sports fans.


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