How a heavyweight final at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam ended with no winner

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Heavyweight final at Dusseldorf Grand Slam ends without a winner

Judoka Hisayoshi Harasawa and Takeshi Ojitani both disqualified at same time

IJF defends world first decision, calling the fight "unacceptable"

CNN  — 

It was a podium without a gold medalist and a competition without a winner.

The first ever Dusseldorf Grand Slam wasn’t supposed to end like this.

Over 400 judoka from 65 different nations had convened at the ISS Dome in western Germany for one of the most important competitions on the International Judo Federation (IJF) calendar.

And, after three days of action across 13 weight categories, all eyes were on Sunday’s heavyweight (100kg+) final.

Japan had already won seven gold medals at the Grand Slam and looked certain to add another, with Japanese competitors Hisayoshi Harasawa and Takeshi Ojitani going head-to-head to be crowned champion.

But Honduran referee Jose Ordonez had other ideas.

Instead both fighters were disqualified at exactly the same time, less than two minutes into the fight.

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It meant neither man won the contest. Both stood on the podium with silver medals around their necks. The gold remained unclaimed.

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Double hansoku-make

Harasawa and Ojitani were both penalized for excessive “passivity,” meaning neither competitor had shown sufficient intent to fight.

The IJF called the outcome – known as “double hansoku-make” – a worldwide “first” at this level, but offered no apology to the disappointed competitors.