Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 16, 2000
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:|| Ann Simons
Ryoko Tamura (JPN) was an overwhelming favorite. She had lost the 1992 Olympic final, but since then had lost only one international match – unfortunately that was also the Olympic final in 1996. In this class she would be World Champion seven times – 1993-2007, and was expected to finally win her Olympic gold medal. She made it to the final relatively easily, winning one match by decision. In the final she met Russian Lyubov Bruletova, the 1999 European runner-up. But it was no contest, Tamura winning by ippon in 36 seconds. Tamura would return in 2004 and defend her gold medal, in addition to continuing to win World titles.
|5T||Cha Hyon-Hyang||20||North Korea||PRK|
|9T||Vicki Dunn||23||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Lauren Meece||17||United States||USA|
|AC||Neşe Şensoy Yıldız||26||Turkey||TUR|
|AC||Park Seong-Ja||20||South Korea||KOR|
|AC||Tania Tallie||24||South Africa||RSA|