Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 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.
|Bronze:|| Jenny Gal
The last two World Champions had been Gella Vandecaveye (BEL-1993) and Jeong Seong-Suk (KOR-1995). Joining them in Atlanta was the defending champion, France’s Catherine Fleury, defending silver medalist Yael Arad of Israel, and the 1996 European Champion, Jenny Gal of the Netherlands. Japan’s Yuko Emoto was not considered a contender. But in Pool B she consecutively defeated Fleury, Arad, and Gal to advance to the final. Jeong had lost the Pool A final to Vandecaveye, and met Emoto in the final. The final was an easy victory for Emoto who used uchi-mata for ippon to win in 0:55. Emoto never made the podium at the World Championships with her best other international placing being a silver at the 1994 Asian Games.
|3T||Jeong Seong-Suk||24||South Korea||KOR||Bronze|
|16T||Michaela Vernerová||22||Czech Republic||CZE|
|16T||Diane Bell||32||Great Britain||GBR|
|20T||Celita Schutz||28||United States||USA|
|20T||Wu Ching||22||Hong Kong||HKG|