Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Kyoko Hamaguchi
China’s defending champion, [Wang Xu], was among the favorites, but injured her shoulder only three weeks before the Olympics, so she was replaced by World Junior Champion [Wang Jiao]. The favorite roles then fell to two-time defending World Champion, [Stanka Zlateva] of Bulgaria, and Japan’s [Kyoko Hamaguchi], a five-time World Champion and bronze medalist in this class at Athina. Wang Jiao and Hamaguchi met in the semi-finals, with Wang winning easily in two periods. She advanced to the final against Zlateva, where Wang won by a fall with only one second left in the first period. Hamaguchi came through the bronze medal tournament to earn a second Olympic bronze. Hamaguchi was trained by her father, Animal Hamaguchi, a professional wrestler in Japan.
|5T||Ali Bernard||22||United States||USA|