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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Half-Heavyweight

Judo at the 1992 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: July 28, 1992
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: KOR Kim Mi-Jeong
Silver: JPN Yoko Tanabe
Bronze: NED Irene de Kok
FRA Laëtitia Meignan

Summary

Kim Mi-Jeong (KOR) had won the 1991 World Championships. But the class was missing women’s judo greatest practitioner, Belgium’s [Ingrid Berghmans]. Berghmans had won this class at the 1984 and 1989 World Championships, and was runner-up in 1982, 1986, and 1987. In the open class, she was World Champion in 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1986, and runner-up in 1987. She also won six European titles – three in this class (1985, 1988, 1989) and three in the open class (1983, 1987, 1988). Berghmans was named Belgian Sportswoman of the Year eight times in the 1980s. She had competed at the 1988 judo demonstration event in Seoul, winning this division easily, but she retired after the 1989 season and was not in Barcelona to grace the Olympic tatamis with her presence. In her absence, Kim Mi-Jeong won the gold medal easily, defeating Japan’s Yoko Tanabe in the final, as she had at the 1991 Worlds. Kim would win a bronze at the 1993 Worlds, and then won the gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games, retiring after that competition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim Mi-Jeong 21 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Yoko Tanabe 26 Japan JPN Silver
3T Irene de Kok 26 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Laëtitia Meignan 32 France FRA Bronze
5T Josie Horton 23 Great Britain GBR
5T Regina Schüttenhelm 28 Germany GER
7T Katarina Håkansson 26 Sweden SWE
7T Katarzyna Juszczak 20 Poland POL
9T Ulla Werbrouck 20 Belgium BEL
9T Cristina Curto 23 Spain ESP
9T Sandy Bacher 24 United States USA
9T Alison Webb 30 Canada CAN
13T Simona Richter 20 Romania ROU
13T Soraia André 27 Brazil BRA
13T Pujawati Utama 32 Indonesia INA
16T Asenaca Lesivakaruakitotoiya 23 Fiji FIJ
16T Mélanie Engoang 23 Gabon GAB
16T Niurka Moreno 19 Cuba CUB
16T María Cangá 29 Ecuador ECU
20T Sandra Godinho 19 Portugal POR
20T Heli Syrjä 24 Finland FIN
20T Yelena Besova 26 Unified Team EUN