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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 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 Maki Tsukada
Silver: CUB Daima Beltrán
Bronze: CHN Sun Fuming
RUS Tea Donguzashvili

Summary

The last two World Championships had been won by the last two Olympic champions, both Chinese judoka. Sun Fuming was Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and World Champion in 2003, while Yuan Hua was Olympic gold medalist in 2000 and World Champion in 2001. Only one could represent China in the class, and Sun was chosen. She went to the A Pool final, where she faced Cuba’s Daima Beltrán, the silver medalist in 2000, with Beltrán winning by ippon in 1:39. The other pool was won by Japan’s Maki Tsukada, who had been runner-up at the 2003 Worlds. Beltrán got off fast in the final, throwing Tsukuda for waza-ari, but at 1:50, Tsukuda pinned Beltrán for ippon to win the gold medal, leaving Beltrán with her second consecutive silver. Tsukuda would return in 2008 to win a silver medal in the class in Beijing, after winning the 2007 World Championship in the open class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maki Tsukada 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Daima Beltrán 31 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Tea Donguzashvili 28 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Sun Fuming 30 China CHN Bronze
5T Insaf Yahyaoui 23 Tunisia TUN
5T Maryna Prokof'ieva 22 Ukraine UKR
7T Giovanna José Blanco 21 Venezuela VEN
7T Choi Sug-I 24 South Korea KOR
AC Barbara Andolina 25 Italy ITA
AC Eva Bisséni 23 France FRA
AC Tsvetana Bozhilova 35 Bulgaria BUL
AC Karina Bryant 25 Great Britain GBR
AC Tatiana Martine Bvegadzi 25 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
AC Carmen Chalá 38 Ecuador ECU
AC Erdene-Ochiryn Dolgormaa 27 Mongolia MGL
AC Sandra Köppen 29 Germany GER
AC Lee Hsiao-Hung 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC Jessica Malone 17 Australia AUS
AC Eleni Patsiou 32 Greece GRE
AC Lucija Polavder 19 Slovenia SLO
AC Samah Ramadan 26 Egypt EGY
AC Vanessa Martina Zambotti 22 Mexico MEX