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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 21, 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: BEL Ulla Werbrouck
Silver: JPN Yoko Tanabe
Bronze: CUB Diadenys Luna
ITA Ylenia Scapin

Summary

Ulla Werbrouck had followed [Ingrid Berghmans] as Belgium’s best female judoka. Her record at the European Championships was particularly distinguished. She competed in that event from 1989-2001 and won six gold medals and 12 medals in all, failing only in 1996. Coming into Atlanta she had been the silver medalist at the 1995 World Championships, losing the final to Cuba’s Diadenys Luña. In the Atlanta final, Werbrouck faced Yoko Tanabe of Japan, who had won a bronze medal at the 1995 Worlds, with Werbrouck winning by ippon. This was the first Olympic gold medal won by a Belgian woman.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ulla Werbrouck 24 Belgium BEL Gold
2 Yoko Tanabe 30 Japan JPN Silver
3T Ylenia Scapin 21 Italy ITA Bronze
3T Diadenys Luna 20 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Tetiana Beliaieva 24 Ukraine UKR
5T Estha Essombe 33 France FRA
7T Hannah Ertel 21 Germany GER
7T Svetlana Galante 23 Russia RUS
9T Simona Richter 24 Romania ROU
9T Cristina Curto 27 Spain ESP
9T Kate Howey 23 Great Britain GBR
9T Francis Gómez 27 Venezuela VEN
13T Marie Michele St. Louis 27 Mauritius MRI
13T Niki Jenkins 22 Canada CAN
15T Leng Chunhui 24 China CHN
15T Olesya Nazarenko 20 Turkmenistan TKM
15T Karin Kienhuis 25 Netherlands NED
15T Natalie Galea 23 Australia AUS
19T Chen Chiu-Ping 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
19T Sandy Bacher 28 United States USA
19T Yevgeniya Bogunova 21 Kazakhstan KAZ