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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 24, 1996
Date Finished: July 24, 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: CUB Driulys González
Silver: KOR Jeong Seon-Yong
Bronze: ESP Isabel Fernández
BEL Marisabel Lomba

Summary

Driulys González of Cuba was the 1995 World Champion and favored in this class. The final in Atlanta was a replay of the 1995 World Championship, with González facing Korea’s Jeong Seon-Yong. The match was close with González winning only by yuko. It was one of many international medals for Cuba’s greatest ever female judoka. In a long career that lasted thru the 2008 Olympics, González won four Olympic medals (gold 1996, silver 2000, bronze in 1992 and 2004), seven World Championship medals (including three golds in 1995, 1999, and 2007), and two Pan-American gold medals in 1995 and 2003. Jeong also had a long career though not quite at the level of González. Her two silver medals against González were the top placements of her career at the Worlds or Olympics. She was a three-time Asian Champion and won a gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Driulys González 22 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Jeong Seon-Yong 25 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Isabel Fernández 24 Spain ESP Bronze
3T Marisabel Lomba 21 Belgium BEL Bronze
5T Nicola Fairbrother 26 Great Britain GBR
5T Liu Chuang 21 China CHN
7T Zulfiya Garipova 26 Russia RUS
7T Zülfiyyə Hüseynova 25 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Noriko Mizoguchi 24 Japan JPN
9T Mária Pekli 24 Hungary HUN
9T Magali Baton 25 France FRA
9T Huang Ai-Chun 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
13T Narelle Hill 26 Australia AUS
13T Jessica Gal 25 Netherlands NED
13T Corinna West 22 United States USA
16T Marie-Josée Morneau 26 Canada CAN
16T Danielle Zangrando 16 Brazil BRA
16T Beata Kucharzewska 20 Poland POL
16T Filipa Cavalleri 22 Portugal POR
20T Ursula Myrén 30 Sweden SWE
20T Jeny Rodríguez 20 Honduras HON
20T Raoudha Chaari 23 Tunisia TUN