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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 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: JPN Ayumi Tanimoto
Silver: FRA Lucie Décosse
Bronze: NED Elisabeth Willeboordse
PRK Won Ok-Im

Summary

Japan’s Ayumi Tanimoto was the defending gold medalist. Since Athina, she had placed second at the 2005 World Championships and third at the 2007 Worlds. The 2005 title had been won by France’s Lucie Décosse, who placed second in 2007 to the well-known Cuban international Driulys González. All three were considered contenders for the gold in Beijing but in the end it was all Tanimoto. She won all her matches by ippon, including the pool final over González and the class final over Décosse. She noted, “Winning games by ippon is my fighting style so I kept staying with it.” González went to the bronze medal match but lost to Elisabeth Willeboordse of the Netherlands, the 2005 European Champion. The other bronze went to Won Ok-Im of DPR Korea, whose only previous international medal had come at the 2006 Asian Games, a bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ayumi Tanimoto 27 Japan JPN Gold
2 Lucie Décosse 27 France FRA Silver
3T Elisabeth Willeboordse 29 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Won Ok-Im 21 North Korea PRK Bronze
5T Driulys González 34 Cuba CUB
5T Claudia Heill 26 Austria AUT
7T Isis Barreto 28 Venezuela VEN
7T Urška Žolnir 26 Slovenia SLO
9T Gong Ja-Yeong 23 South Korea KOR
9T Daniela Krukower 33 Argentina ARG
9T Anna von Harnier 27 Germany GER
9T Wang Chin-Fang 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
13 Alice Schlesinger 20 Israel ISR
14T Kahina Saidi 24 Algeria ALG
14T Devu Thapa 34 Nepal NEP
14T Tümen-Odyn Battögs 26 Mongolia MGL
14T Xu Yuhua 25 China CHN
18T Silulu A'etonu 24 American Samoa ASA
18T Cath Arlove 37 Australia AUS
18T Danielli Barbosa 24 Brazil BRA
18T Marcon Bezzina 22 Malta MLT
18T Sarah Clark 30 Great Britain GBR
18T Cécile Hane 20 Senegal SEN
18T Vera Koval 24 Russia RUS
18T Johanna Ylinen 24 Finland FIN