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Olympic Judo

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:52 PM by Dennis Thomas   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:52 PM by Dennis Thomas ]

Judo contests are a five-minute whirlwind of combat, with athletes attempting a combination of throws and holds in a bid to defeat their opponents.

Date: Saturday 28 July – Friday 3 August

Venue: ExCeL

Competitors: 386 (221 men, 145 women, 20 tbc)

Medal events: 14 (seven for men, seven for women)

The basics

Two athletes, known as judokas, gain points for throws and holds in a bid to beat their opponent. A contest lasts a maximum of five minutes and the athlete with the highest score is the winner.

In the event of a tie, the contest enters a golden score period of three minutes, when the first score wins.

The best score is ippon, which can be achieved for a throw, a hold, a strangle or an armlock, and results in immediate victory.

Competition format

Athletes compete in weight categories and are divided into two groups within these categories. Competition is on a knockout system that eventually determines the two finalists who compete in the gold medal match.

In each event, the four defeated quarter-finalists compete in two repechage contests. The winners then compete against the two defeated semi-finalists to determine the winners of the two bronze medals.

Did you know?

Judo rules require judoka to bow when entering and leaving the mat, and at the start and end of a contest.

More information: International Judo Federation (IJF)