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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004
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: FRA Frédérique Jossinet
Bronze: CHN Gao Feng
GER Julia Matijass

Summary

Japan’s Ryoko Tani, formerly Ryoko Tamura, was again the favorite as she had been in 1996 and 2000. She was the defending gold medalist, and had won every World Championship since 1993, a streak she would continue thru 2007 (save 2005, when she did not compete). She had not lost in an international match since the Olympic final in 1996, and was now considered one of the two greatest female judokas ever, with Belgium’s [Ingrid Berghmans]. Since the 2000 Olympics, she had married Japanese baseball star Yoshitomo Tani. Her victory here seemed assured and she came thru again. In the final she met France’s Frédérique Jossinet, who she had defeated in the final of the 2003 World Championships. The final went the distance and Jossinet avoided ippon but Tani was never in trouble and won easily. Her victory made her the first woman to defend a gold medal at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ryoko Tamura-Tani 28 Japan JPN Gold
2 Frédérique Jossinet 28 France FRA Silver
3T Julia Matijass 30 Germany GER Bronze
3T Gao Feng 22 China CHN Bronze
5T Maria Karagiannopoulou 31 Greece GRE
5T Alina Dumitru 21 Romania ROU
7T Anna Zemla-Krajewska 25 Poland POL
7T Ye Geu-Rim 22 South Korea KOR
AC Lyubov Bruletova 30 Russia RUS
AC Sonya Chervonsky 21 Australia AUS
AC Soraya Haddad 19 Algeria ALG
AC Carolyne Lepage 29 Canada CAN
AC Giuseppina Macri 29 Italy ITA
AC Tatyana Moskvina 31 Belarus BLR
AC Lisseth Orozco 17 Colombia COL
AC Konkiswinde Hanatou Ouelogo 26 Burkina Faso BUR
AC Daniela Polzin 25 Brazil BRA
AC Neşe Şensoy Yıldız 30 Turkey TUR
AC Tatyana Shishkina 35 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Yamila Zambrano 18 Cuba CUB
AC Ri Kyong-Ok 24 North Korea PRK
AC Bertille Ali 22 Central African Republic CAF