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Judo Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Judo at Olympics: Judo is an extreme combat sport. In Japanese, the meaning of "judo" is "the gentle way". The sport judo needs both physical power and mental strength to excel in the field. Judo was founded in Japan in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano. The sport is a successor of jujutsu. Judo is one of the main forms of wrestling contested at international level. The competitors in a judo competition are called "judoka". The judokas acquire various techniques of lifting and throwing the opponent on the ground. The opponent has to be thrown on his back. The organization, which governs the sport at international level, is the International Judo Federation or the IJF.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 136
  • Number of Athletes : 390
  • Total Events : 4

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Judo Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 6, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -60kg and Women's -48kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 6, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -60kg and Women's - 48kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 7, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -66kg and Women's-52kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 7, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -66kg and Women's - 52kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 8, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -73kg and Women's -57kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 8, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -73kg and Women's - 57kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 9, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -81kg and Women's -63kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 9, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -81kg and Women's - 63kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 10, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -90kg and Women's -70kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 10, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -90kg and Women's - 70kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 11, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's -100kg and Women's -78kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 11, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's -100kg and Women's -78kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 12, 201610:0013:00JudoM/FMen's +100kg and Women's +78kgNoCarioca Arena 2Barra
Aug 12, 201615:3018:10JudoM/FMen's +100kg and Women's +78kg FinalsYesCarioca Arena 2Barra

Judo in the Summer Games: Judo was included in the Olympic schedule in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. The sport was dropped from the schedule in the 1968 Games. The sport event reappeared in the program during the 1972 Games. Only men were allowed to participate in the Olympic judo competition till 1988 Summer Games. women's judo was introduced as a demonstration sport in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. women's event got the status of a full medal sport in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games. Judokas are divided into two groups during a competition. The judo competition is held in a single elimination round. The durations of men's and women's combats are five minutes and four minutes respectively. The events held during the Olympic judo competition are-

  • Heavyweight for men
  • Half-heavyweight for men
  • Middleweight for men
  • Half-middleweight for men
  • Lightweight for men
  • Half-lightweight for men
  • Extra-lightweight for men
  • Heavyweight for women
  • Half-heavyweight for women
  • Middleweight for women
  • Half-middleweight for women
  • Lightweight for women
  • Half-lightweight for women
  • Extra-lightweight for women

Rules of Judo: The International Judo Federation or the IJF is authorized to set rules for judo held at international level. Some of the rules are-

  • The area, where judo competitions are held, is generally bordered with tatami, a type of mat.
  • The size of the competition area is determined by the IJF.
  • The costume used by the judokas is known as "judogi". The participants of the judo competitions are allowed to wear only judogi during the combat.
  • One referee and two judges are generally appointed during a judo combat to supervise the fighting.
  • The duration of the judo combats are predetermined by the IJF.
  • The opponents are given points for their performance during the combat.
  • The techniques used during the judo combat are specified by the IFJ. Any technique other than the specified ones cannot be used during the combat. All the moves made by the contestants have to be approved by the IFJ rulebook.
  • A contestant is warned on the commencement of a minor foul. On committing repetitive fouls or any serious offence, the contestant can be disqualified from the competition.

Medal winners in Judo: Keiko Fukuda, Masahiko Kimura, Gunji Koizumi, Kyuzo Mifune, Tadashiro Nomura, Ryoko Tani, Yasuhiro Yamashita, Hidehiko Yoshida, James Bregman, Ron Tripp, Mike Swain, Philip S. Porter, Jimmy Pedro, Jason Morris, George Harris, Allen Coage, Charlie Palmer, Brian Jacks, Neil Adams, Doug Rogers, Wim Ruska, Anton Geesink, Pawel Nastula, Jacques Legrand, David Douillet, Peter Seisenbacher, Daima Beltran and Estela Rodriguez are some of the famous judokas of the world.

Judo Top Men Medalists

Men Medals
FranceAngelo Parisi1214
JapanTadahiro Nomura3223
FranceDavid Douillet2013

Judo Top Women Medalists

JapanRyoko Tani2215
CubaDriulys Gonzalez1124
DPR KoreaSun Hui Kye1113

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Last updated on: June 14, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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