montreal olimpic games
Montreal 1976 medal   At the Olympic Games in Montreal the USSR team in judo for the first time, along with a team of Japan unconditionally dominated the team standings.

Judo medal table of 1976 Olympics

  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
Japan (JPN) 3 1 1 5
Soviet Union (URS) 2 2 1 5
Cuba (CUB) 1 0 0 1
South Korea (KOR) 0 1 2 3
Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 1 2
West Germany (FRG) 0 1 0 1
France (FRA) 0 0 1 1
Hungary (HUN) 0 0 1 1
Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
Poland (POL) 0 0 1 1
Switzerland (SUI) 0 0 1 1
United States (USA) 0 0 1 1
Yugoslavia (YUG) 0 0 1 1
    Total 6 6 12 24




Excerpt from the speech on television honored coach of RSFSR, master of sports of the USSR (twice) Musatov V.S.

Nevzorov has earned his place in the USSSR Olympic team in the 70 kg category in 1975. He was champion of the world, it's a lot to say.
Valery, Vice World champion of 1975 in the 70 kg category, is forced to go to a more heavy weight class, 80 kg, where defeats all Soviet rivals.
He was appointed to defend the honor of the country in weight 80 kg. At the Olympics, on the way to the final, he defeated a «clean» victory («Ippon») over all rivals with the help of his famous «mills» («kata-guruma»).
One can only regret that Olympic 80 kg final between Dvoinikov and Sonoda has been decisive in the dispute with the Japanese, our team was ready to throw off Japan from the pedestal of the invincible team in world Judo.
If Valery win, USSR judo team were the first, if Valery lose - second. The Japanese did everything to beat Sonoda! The finale was refereed by a Japanese with Brazilian citizenship, a Korean judge and judge from Europe. Two Asians make decision about victory of Sonoda. European judge, many professionals, athletes, spectators felt right to victory Dvoinikov.
Japan 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, the USSR 2 Gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze, but could and should have been the opposite.
Till this day, Valery often views his silver medal with sadness. It had to be gold, he's sure.


The qualifying table of Valéry Dvoinikov

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Dvoynikov vs. Sonoda, the final in the 80 kg category.

During the 1st turn, Dvoinikov beats in the 3rd minute Ricardo Elmont, by a kudzouré-kami-siho-gatame, further to successful Kata Guruma. Ippon...
During the 2nd turn, he beats in the 4th minute Subeibul Estilnur (Turkey), by a kata guruma who will stay in the anal of these games. Ippon...
During the 3rd turn, he beats Spanish José Luis Frutos by a gatame continuation in a kata guruma. Ippon...
In half finale, he beats Yugoslavian Slavko Obadov, awarded a prize in the European championship, in the 2nd minute, by a gatame continuation in a kata guruma. Ippon...

He attains final therefore, where he will meet the Champion of Japan and of the World officially, Isamu Sonoda. He takes very quickly the control of his adversary but nothing makes there. Battle will go to the end of 10 interminable minutes... The Soviet achieved judoka several catches and several kata guruma who is not taken into account by the judges (considered all outside the zone of battle) Sonoda, on the contrary achieved the only one ouchi gari, qualified as «Yuko», who will give him his final victory...

But nobody will forget the performance of Valéry Dvoinikov which will go to outbrave all his adversaries, of 10 kg his superiors, with a serious wound: the tearing of triceps in the left arm...

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the combat begins   Dvoynikov succeeds in projecting Sonoda but outside the tatami   Kata Guruma kneeling outside the tatami.   the beautiful sasae that will give the final victory to the Japanese
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    Sonoda flees...   Uchi Mata Dvoynikov    


[-80kg] Valery Dvoinikov (URS) – Isamu Sonoda (JPN) watch the video on Judo Vision


The 1976 games. Photo gallery


novikov dvoinikov nevzorovThe Soviet troika: a real pride of the ex-USSR

Sergei Novikov

Valery Dvoinikov

Vladimir Nevzorov

At the Montreal Olympics
Legendary Soviet judokas
brought to USSR:

Gold (cat. over 93 kg.)
Silver (cat. 80 kg.)
Gold (cat. 70 kg.)