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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 9, 2008
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: ROU Alina Dumitru
Silver: CUB Yanet Bermoy
Bronze: JPN Ryoko Tamura-Tani
ARG Paula Pareto
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Japan’s Ryoko Tani, possibly the greatest ever female judoka, had won the last two gold medals and seven World Championships. But Romania’s Alina Alexandra Dumitru was world ranked #1, having won five straight European titles, and the two met in the A Pool final, with Dumitru winning. In the final, Dumitru faced Cuba’s Yanet Bermoy, runner-up to Tani at the 2007 Worlds, with Dumitru winning by ippon in 1:20. Tani returned to win her repêchage match for a bronze medal, her fifth consecutive medal in the class, after having won silver medals in 1992 and 1996. In the other bronze medal match, Paula Belen Pareto of Argentina beat Pak Ok-Song of DPR Korea with a waza-ari. Pareto was charged with a shido penalty earlier in the match but she scored a waza-ari in the final minute for the victory. The referee first gave the waza-ari to Pak but changed the ruling after consultation and awarded it to Belen Pareto.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alina Dumitru 25 Romania ROU Gold
2 Yanet Bermoy 21 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Paula Pareto 22 Argentina ARG Bronze
3T Ryoko Tamura-Tani 32 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Lyudmila Bogdanova 24 Russia RUS
5T Pak Ok-Song 23 North Korea PRK
7T Éva Csernoviczki 21 Hungary HUN
7T Ana Hormigo 27 Portugal POR
9T Michaela Baschin 24 Germany GER
9T Kim Yeong-Ran 27 South Korea KOR
9T Kelbet Nurgazina 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Wu Shugen 20 China CHN
13T Sayaka Matsumoto 25 United States USA
13T Glenda Miranda 22 Ecuador ECU
15T Tiffany Day 18 Australia AUS
15T Liudmyla Lusnikova 26 Ukraine UKR
15T Meriem Moussa 20 Algeria ALG
15T Konkiswinde Hanatou Ouelogo 30 Burkina Faso BUR
19T Khumujam Devi 26 India IND
19T Sandrine Ilendou 24 Gabon GAB
19T Frédérique Jossinet 32 France FRA
19T Chahnez M'Barki 27 Tunisia TUN
19T Sarah Menezes 18 Brazil BRA