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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 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 Masae Ueno
Silver: CUB Anaisis Hernández
Bronze: NED Edith Bosch
USA Ronda Rousey

Summary

Masae Ueno (JPN) had won the 2004 gold medal in this class, and was a multiple gold medalist at internationals – 2001 and 2003 World Championships, 2006 Asian Games and the 2008 Asian Championships. She had not competed at the 2005 or 2007 Worlds, but was expected to be formidable. Masae again dominated the class, defeating Cuba’s completely unknown Anaisis Hernández in the final by ippon. The bronze medals went to Edith Bosch of the Netherlands, the 2005 World Champion, and Ronda Rousey of the United States, runner-up at the 2007 Worlds. The 2007 World Champion, Gevrise Emane of France, lost her second match against Spain’s Leire Iglesias. Iglesias lost her next match but advanced to a bronze medal final against Bosch.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Masae Ueno 29 Japan JPN Gold
2 Anaisis Hernández 26 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Edith Bosch 28 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Ronda Rousey 21 United States USA Bronze
5T Annett Böhm 28 Germany GER
5T Leire Iglesias 30 Spain ESP
7T Yuri Alvear 22 Colombia COL
7T Anett Mészáros 21 Hungary HUN
9T Rachida Ouerdane 29 Algeria ALG
9T Nataliya Smal 25 Ukraine UKR
9T Ylenia Scapin 33 Italy ITA
9T Wang Juan 26 China CHN
13T Gisèle Mendy 28 Senegal SEN
13T Sisilia Rasokisoki 28 Fiji FIJ
15 Park Ga-Yeon 22 South Korea KOR
16T Gévrise Emane 26 France FRA
16T Catherine Jacques 28 Belgium BEL
16T Yuliya Kuzina 31 Russia RUS
16T Katarzyna Piłocik-Klys 22 Poland POL
20T Mayra Silva 17 Brazil BRA
20T Nasiba Salayeva-Surkieva 26 Turkmenistan TKM
20T Zhanar Zhanzunova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ