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Judo at the 1988 Summer Olympics


Judo at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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 1
  • Participating nations 2
  • Medal table 3
  • Women's demonstration games 4
  • References 5

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Extra Lightweight
60 kg
 Kim Jae-Yup
South Korea (KOR)
 Kevin Asano
United States (USA)
 Shinji Hosokawa
Japan (JPN)
 Amiran Totikashvili
Soviet Union (URS)
Half Lightweight
65 kg
 Lee Kyung-Keun
South Korea (KOR)
 Janusz Pawłowski
Poland (POL)
 Bruno Carabetta
France (FRA)
 Yosuke Yamamoto
Japan (JPN)
71 kg
 Marc Alexandre
France (FRA)
Half Middleweight
78 kg
86 kg
Half Heavyweight
95 kg
+95 kg

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
Total 7 7 14 28

Women's demonstration games

Women's judo made its first appearance at the Olympic Games, as a demonstration sport. The following were the results of the women's competition. Women's Judo became an official part of the Olympic games from the 1992 Barcelona games and has been an integral part of the games since.

Category Gold Silver Bronze
- 48 kg  China Li Zhongyun  Japan Fumiko Ezaki  South Korea Min-Sun Cho
 Australia Julie Reardon
- 52 kg  United Kingdom Sharon Rendle  France Dominique Brun  Italy Alessandra Giungi
 Japan Kaori Yamaguchi
- 56 kg  Australia Suzanne Williams  China Liu Guizhu  France Catherine Arnaud
 West Germany Regina Philips
- 61 kg  United Kingdom Diane Bell  United States Lynn Roethke  Poland Boguslawa Olechnowicz
 Japan Noriko Mochida
- 66 kg  Japan Hikari Sasaki  France Brigitte Deydier  South Korea Ji-Young Park
 Austria Roswitha Hartl
- 72 kg  Belgium Ingrid Berghmans  South Korea Mi-Jung Kim  Japan Yoko Tanabe
 West Germany Barbara Claßen
+ 72 kg  Netherlands Angelique Seriese  China Gao Fenglian  West Germany Regina Sigmund
 United States Margaret Castro


  • Videos of the 1988 Judo Summer Olympics
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