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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Half-Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 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: FRA Marie-Claire Restoux
Silver: KOR Hyeon Suk-Hui
Bronze: JPN Noriko Sugawara-Narazaki
CUB Legna Verdecia

Summary

The 1993 World Champion, Legna Verdecia of Cuba, was expected to win again in 1995, but lost in the pool final to unknown Frenchwoman Marie-Claire Restoux. In Atlanta Restoux was no longer unknown. She made it to the final easily where she faced Korea’s Hyeon Suk-Hui, who had twice defeated her earlier in the year, was the 1993 Asian Champion, and had won the 1994 Asian Games gold medal. The final was relatively close, but Restoux won the gold medal by yuko. She would return in 1997 to again win the World Championships, with Hyeon winning a bronze medal at that event. Hyeon later became an international judo referee and judo coach.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marie-Claire Restoux 28 France FRA Gold
2 Hyeon Suk-Hui 25 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Noriko Sugawara-Narazaki 23 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Legna Verdecia 23 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Larysa Krause 21 Poland POL
5T Almudena Muñoz 27 Spain ESP
7T Carolina Mariani 23 Argentina ARG
7T Marisa Pedulla 27 United States USA
9T Lynda Mekzine 20 Algeria ALG
9T Cathy Grainger-Brain 28 Australia AUS
9T Alessandra Giungi 30 Italy ITA
9T Alexa von Schwichow 20 Germany GER
13 Tseng Hsiao-Fen 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
14T Marina Kovrigina 24 Russia RUS
14T Katty Santaella 29 Venezuela VEN
14T Nathalie Gosselin 30 Canada CAN
14T Sunith Thakur 25 India IND
18T Sharon Rendle 30 Great Britain GBR
18T Isabelle Schmutz 25 Switzerland SUI
18T Wang Jin 23 China CHN
18T Heidi Goossens 27 Belgium BEL