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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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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 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 22, 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: CHN Yuan Hua
Silver: CUB Daima Beltrán
Bronze: JPN Mayumi Yamashita
KOR Kim Seon-Yeong

Summary

The favorite was likely a woman who did not compete in this class at the World Championships. But Daima Beltrán (CUB) was World Champion in 1997 and 1999 in the open class. Her road to gold seemed easier when the 1999 heavyweight World Champion, Poland’s Beata Maksymowa, lost her first-round match to American Colleen Rosensteel. Beltrán easily made it to he final, where she met China’s Yuan Hua. Yuan was a formidable opponent, having lost the 1999 World final to Maksymowa. It seemed like a great match, but it was a dull, defensive battle, with Yuan winning the gold medal by decision. In addition to this title Yuan would win 10 international titles in her career – 2001 World heavyweight, 1998 Asian Games heavyweight, three Asian Championships, two East Asian Games titles, and three victories at the World University Games. In the heavyweight class, Beltrán would also win three consecutive Pan-American Games titles – 1995, 1999, and 2003.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuan Hua 26 China CHN Gold
2 Daima Beltrán 28 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Kim Seon-Yeong 21 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Mayumi Yamashita 24 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Christine Cicot 36 France FRA
5T Sandra Köppen 25 Germany GER
7T Irina Rodina 27 Russia RUS
7T Priscila Marques 22 Brazil BRA
9T Brigitte Olivier 20 Belgium BEL
9T Colleen Rosensteel 33 United States USA
9T Fiona Iredale 32 New Zealand NZL
9T Heba Hefny 27 Egypt EGY
13T Caroline Curren 37 Australia AUS
13T Maryna Prokof'ieva 18 Ukraine UKR
AC Adja Marieme Diop 23 Senegal SEN
AC Beata Maksymowa 33 Poland POL
AC Beatriz Martín 25 Spain ESP
AC Carmen Chalá 34 Ecuador ECU
AC Estela Riley 31 Panama PAN
AC Gulnara Kusherbayeva 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Karina Bryant 21 Great Britain GBR
AC Lee Hsiao-Hung 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC Mara Kovačević 24 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
AC Tsvetana Bozhilova 31 Bulgaria BUL