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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Extra-Lightweight

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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.

Gold: JPN Ryoko Tamura-Tani
Silver: RUS Lyubov Bruletova
Bronze: BEL Ann Simons
GER Anna-Maria Gradante

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ryoko Tamura-Tani 25 Japan JPN Gold
2 Lyubov Bruletova 26 Russia RUS Silver
3T Ann Simons 20 Belgium BEL Bronze
3T Anna-Maria Gradante 23 Germany GER Bronze
5T Cha Hyon-Hyang 20 North Korea PRK
5T Zhao Shunxin 20 China CHN
7T Amarilys Savón 26 Cuba CUB
7T Sarah Nichilo-Rosso 23 France FRA
9T Liudmyla Lusnikova 18 Ukraine UKR
9T Mariana Martins 17 Brazil BRA
9T Vanesa Arenas 21 Spain ESP
9T Vicki Dunn 23 Great Britain GBR
13T Galina Atayeva 28 Turkmenistan TKM
AC Adriana Angeles 21 Mexico MEX
AC Jenny Hill 27 Australia AUS
AC Laura Moise 23 Romania ROU
AC Lauren Meece 17 United States USA
AC Maarit Kallio 24 Finland FIN
AC Nataliya Kuligina 29 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC Neşe Şensoy Yıldız 26 Turkey TUR
AC Park Seong-Ja 20 South Korea KOR
AC Tania Tallie 24 South Africa RSA
AC Hayet Rouini 19 Tunisia TUN