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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 16, 2004
Date Finished: August 16, 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: GER Yvonne Bönisch
Silver: PRK Kye Sun-Hui
Bronze: NED Deborah Gravenstijn
CUB Yurisleidy Lupetey

Summary

In 1996, North Korea’s Kye Sun-Hui had posted the biggest upset of the Atlanta judo tournament, defeating Japan’s Ryoko Tamura to win the gold medal in extra-lightweight class. Since that time she had moved up in weight, and won World Championships in 2001 at half-lightweight and in 2003 at lightweight. She worked her way to the final in Athina, where she met Germany’s Yvonne Bönisch, who she had defeated in the 2003 Worlds. The final was very close. Both scored a yuko but Bönisch won the gold medal with a koka, winning 0011 to 0010. Kye would come back to win the Worlds in this class in both 2005 and 2007, defeating Bönisch again in the 2005 final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yvonne Bönisch 23 Germany GER Gold
2 Kye Sun-Hui 25 North Korea PRK Silver
3T Deborah Gravenstijn 29 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Yurisleidy Lupetey 23 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Barbara Harel 27 France FRA
5T Isabel Fernández 32 Spain ESP
7T Nataliya Yukhareva 28 Russia RUS
7T Cinzia Cavazzuti 30 Italy ITA
AC Marcon Bezzina 18 Malta MLT
AC Ioulieta Boukouvala 20 Greece GRE
AC Sophie Cox 22 Great Britain GBR
AC Catherine Ewa Ekuta 24 Nigeria NGR
AC Khishigbatyn Erdenet-Od 29 Mongolia MGL
AC Rudymar Fleming 23 Venezuela VEN
AC Jessica García 24 Puerto Rico PUR
AC Lena Göldi 24 Switzerland SUI
AC Kie Kusakabe 25 Japan JPN
AC Lila Latrous 25 Algeria ALG
AC Liu Yuxiang 28 China CHN
AC Elina Vavailagi Nasaudrodro 18 Fiji FIJ
AC Mária Pekli 32 Australia AUS
AC Ellen Wilson 28 United States USA
AC Danielle Zangrando 25 Brazil BRA