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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996
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: PRK Kye Sun-Hui
Silver: JPN Ryoko Tamura-Tani
Bronze: CUB Amarilys Savón
ESP Yolanda Soler

Summary

Japan’s Ryoko Tamura had lost the 1992 Olympic final to France’s Cécile Nowak, but was undefeated in the four years since. In the interim she had won two World Championships, the 1994 Asian Games, and the 1995 World University Games title. Tamura easily made it to the final. There she faced North Korea’s Kye Sun-Hui, a 16-year-old unknown. PDR Korea (North) had not competed internationally for several years but the International Judo Federation gave them one wildcard entry in 1996, which went to Kye. The final went the distance but in a huge upset, Kye won, stopping Tamura’s 84-match winning streak. Tamura would continue to dominate the division – winning gold medals in 2000 and 2004, and every World Championship from 1993-2007. Kye also became a top judoka, moving up in weight and winning four World Championships in lightweight from 2001-2007. At the Olympics she would win a bronze medal in 2000 in half-lightweight and a silver in 2004 in the lightweight division. Other than Tamura, the best known judoka in this class in 1996 was the US entrant, Hillary Wolf. She placed =9th in Atlanta and would compete again in 2000 at Sydney, but she was best known as an actress, starring as Macaulay Culkin’s sister in Home Alone.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kye Sun-Hui 16 North Korea PRK Gold
2 Ryoko Tamura-Tani 20 Japan JPN Silver
3T Yolanda Soler 25 Spain ESP Bronze
3T Amarilys Savón 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Sarah Nichilo-Rosso 19 France FRA
5T Salima Souakri 21 Algeria ALG
7T Tatyana Moskvina 23 Belarus BLR
7T Małgorzata Roszkowska 28 Poland POL
9T Hillary Wolf 19 United States USA
9T Giovanna Tortora 31 Italy ITA
9T Tamara Meijer 17 Netherlands NED
9T Joyce Heron 31 Great Britain GBR
13T Dora Maldonado 25 Honduras HON
13T Carolyne Lepage 21 Canada CAN
15T Yu Shu-Chen 16 Chinese Taipei TPE
15T Jana Perlberg 30 Germany GER
15T Galina Atayeva 24 Turkmenistan TKM
15T Cao Ngọc Phương Trịnh 23 Vietnam VIE
19T Tina Kirkman 26 Australia AUS
19T Hülya Şenyurt 22 Turkey TUR
19T Nataliya Kuligina 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
19T Li Aiyue 25 China CHN
19T Andrea Rodrigues 23 Brazil BRA