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The Judo competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics continued the seven weight classes first used at the 1980 Games. The open division was eliminated from the competition. Women's judo made its first appearance at the Olympic Games, as a demonstration sport. Japan failed to claim the top of the medal count for the first time in an Olympics in which they participated, coming in third behind South Korea and Poland.

Peter Seisenbacher from Austria and Hitoshi Saito from Japan won the gold medal in their weight classes, defending their titles from 1984, and becoming the first judoka to win gold at two Olympics.



Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra Lightweight
60 kg
Flag of South Korea.svg Kim Jae-Yup
South Korea (KOR)
Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Asano
United States (USA)
Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Shinji Hosokawa
Japan (JPN)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Amiran Totikashvili
Soviet Union (URS)
Half Lightweight
65 kg
Flag of South Korea.svg Lee Kyung-Keun
South Korea (KOR)
Flag of Poland.svg Janusz Pawłowski
Poland (POL)
Flag of France.svg Bruno Carabetta
France (FRA)
Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Yosuke Yamamoto
Japan (JPN)
71 kg
Flag of France.svg Marc Alexandre
France (FRA)
Flag of East Germany.svg Sven Loll
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Swain
United States (USA)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Georgy Tenadze
Soviet Union (URS)
Half Middleweight
78 kg
Flag of Poland.svg Waldemar Legień
Poland (POL)
Flag of Germany.svg Frank Wieneke
West Germany (FRG)
Flag of East Germany.svg Torsten Brechot
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Bashir Varaev
Soviet Union (URS)
86 kg
Flag of Austria.svg Peter Seisenbacher
Austria (AUT)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Vladimir Shestakov
Soviet Union (URS)
Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Akinobu Osako
Japan (JPN)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ben Spijkers
Netherlands (NED)
Half Heavyweight
95 kg
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg Aurélio Miguel
Brazil (BRA)
Flag of Germany.svg Marc Meiling
West Germany (FRG)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Stewart
Great Britain (GBR)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Robert Van de Walle
Belgium (BEL)
+95 kg
Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Hitoshi Saito
Japan (JPN)
Flag of East Germany.svg Henry Stöhr
East Germany (GDR)
Flag of South Korea.svg Cho Yong-Chul
South Korea (KOR)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Grigory Verichev
Soviet Union (URS)

Participating nations

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  South Korea (KOR) 2 0 1 3
2  Poland (POL) 1 1 0 2
3  Japan (JPN) 1 0 3 4
4  France (FRA) 1 0 1 2
5  Austria (AUT) 1 0 0 1
 Brazil (BRA) 1 0 0 1
7  East Germany (GDR) 0 2 1 3
8  West Germany (FRG) 0 2 0 2
9  Soviet Union (URS) 0 1 4 5
10  United States (USA) 0 1 1 2
11  Belgium (BEL) 0 0 1 1
 Great Britain (GBR) 0 0 1 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 0 1 1




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