Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 11, 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:|| Ketleyn Quadros
The last three World Championships had been won by North Korea’s Kye Sun-Hui. She was a four-time World Champion, also winning in 2001 in half-lightweight, and had won three Olympic medals, including a gold in 1996 over the redoubtable Ryoko Tamura-Tani. But in round one, Kye was upset by France’s Barbara Harel, whose bronze medal at the 2008 Europeans was her previous claim to fame. Harel lost her next match to Italy’s Giulia Quintavalle, also somewhat of a new entity, her best previous international finishes having been fifth at the 2007 Worlds and 2008 Europeans. Quintavalle won her pool to advance to the final against Deborah Gravenstijn of the Netherlands, the bronze medalist from Athina. The match was somewhat passive, with Quintavalle winning an upset by yuko.
|15T||Valerie Gotay||34||United States||USA|
|15T||Kye Sun-Hui||29||North Korea||PRK|
|19T||Ange Jean Baptiste||23||Haiti||HAI|
|19T||Gang Sin-Yeong||31||South Korea||KOR|