Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 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:|| Wang Xianbo
Jo Min-Seon had competed in the women’s judo demonstration event at the 1988 Olympics, placing third. She had since won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships and was heavily favored in Atlanta. Jo was never challenged, winning all five matches by ippon, with the final against the surprising Aneta Szczepańska of Poland, who had no international record of any sort. Jo would eventually win Korean national titles in five different weight categories (48 to 66 kg).
|1||Jo Min-Seon||24||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|7T||Liliko Ogasawara||24||United States||USA|
|7T||Rowena Sweatman||28||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Wu Mei-Ling||23||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|9T||Dulce Piña||29||Dominican Republic||DOM|
|14T||Anja von Rekowski||20||Germany||GER|
|18T||Radka Štusáková||23||Czech Republic||CZE|