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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Sport-By-Sport Report : JUDO

Japan Wins One and Loses Another

July 24, 1996

One was a superstar champion and the other was a relative unknown in the judo finals for Japan. The veteran lost and the rookie won.

Obscure Yuko Emoto gained the women's gold and Toshihiko Koga, with three world championships and the 1992 Olympic winner, got a men's silver in the half-middleweight division.

France's Djamel Bouras beat Koga with a disputed judge's decision in the men's final that left the Japanese fighter stunned.

Emoto beat 1993 world champion Gella Van de Caveye of Belgium in the women's final.

Jason Morris of Scotia, N.Y., was eliminated by Turkey's Irakli Uzanade. Morris was the silver medalist in in 1992. In the women's division, Celita Schutz of Riverdale, N.J., was eliminated by Venezuela's Xiomara Griffith.

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Medalists / Judo

MEN'S HALF-MIDDLEWEIGHT

Gold: Djamel Bouras, France

Silver: Toshihiko Koga, Japan

Bronze: Soso Liparteliani, Georgia

Cho In-chul, South Korea

WOMEN'S HALF-MIDDLEWEIGHT

Gold: Yuko Emoto, Japan

Silver: Gella Van de Caveye, Belgium

Bronze: Jung Sung-sook, South Korea

Jenny Gal, Netherlands

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