Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 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:|| Christine Cicot
Nobody had dominated this event in the past four years and there was no real favorite. The final came down to the 1992 silver medalist, Cuba’s Estela Rodríguez, against China’s Sun Fuming, runner-up at the 1995 Worlds. The match was close with Sun winning by yuko at the time limit. Rodríguez then tested positive for furosemide (Lasix), a diuretic often used as a masking agent, but in an unusual ruling, she was only given a reprimand.
Finishing equal seventh in this class was Brazil’s Edinanci da Silva, who had an interesting road to the Atlanta Olympics. Born with mixed sexual organs, she had an operation only a few months before the Olympics to remove the male sexual organs so she could live and compete as a woman.
|7T||Edinanci da Silva||19||Brazil||BRA|
|7T||Son Hyeon-Mi||23||South Korea||KOR|
|9T||Michelle Rogers||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|14T||Marguerita Goua Lou||26||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV|
|14T||Yeh Wen-Hua||20||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|18T||Colleen Rosensteel||29||United States||USA|