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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight

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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.

Gold: ITA Giulia Quintavalle
Silver: NED Deborah Gravenstijn
Bronze: BRA Ketleyn Quadros
CHN Xu Yan

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Giulia Quintavalle 25 Italy ITA Gold
2 Deborah Gravenstijn 33 Netherlands NED Silver
3T Ketleyn Quadros 20 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Xu Yan 26 China CHN Bronze
5T Barbara Harel 31 France FRA
5T Mária Pekli 36 Australia AUS
7T Bernadett Baczkó 22 Hungary HUN
7T Aiko Sato 24 Japan JPN
9T Nesria Jelassi 18 Tunisia TUN
9T Nina Koivumäki 23 Finland FIN
9T Yvonne Bönisch 27 Germany GER
9T Isabel Fernández 36 Spain ESP
13T Khishigbatyn Erdenet-Od 33 Mongolia MGL
13T Lila Latrous 29 Algeria ALG
15T Kifayət Qasımova 25 Azerbaijan AZE
15T Valerie Gotay 34 United States USA
15T Kye Sun-Hui 29 North Korea PRK
15T Yurisleidy Lupetey 27 Cuba CUB
19T Sabrina Filzmoser 28 Austria AUT
19T Ange Jean Baptiste 23 Haiti HAI
19T Gang Sin-Yeong 31 South Korea KOR
19T Gulzat Uralbayeva 18 Kazakhstan KAZ