Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 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.
|Bronze:|| Lucija Polavder
The favorite was China’s Tong Wen, who was World Champion in 2003, 2005, and 2007, but she faced strong opposition in Japan’s Maki Tsukada, who was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist. Tsukada had been bronze medalist at the 2005 Worlds, silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds in the heavyweight class, and won the 2007 open class. The class went entirely per form and these two met in the final. With only a few seconds remaining in that match, Tong threw Tsukada for ippon to win the gold medal.
|5T||Kim Na-Yeong||20||South Korea||KOR|
|9T||Vanessa Martina Zambotti||26||Mexico||MEX|
|14T||Karina Bryant||29||Great Britain||GBR|
|14T||Nihel Cheikh Rouhou||21||Tunisia||TUN|