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Judo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight

Judo at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012
Format: Losing quarter-finalists compete against losing semi-finalist for bronze.

Gold: FRA Lucie Décosse
Silver: GER Kerstin Thiele
Bronze: NED Edith Bosch
COL Yuri Alvear

Summary

Lucie Décosse (FRA) was silver medalist in this class at Beijing and was a three-time World Champion, including wins in 2010 and 2011, and came to London as the hot favorite. She dominated the class all day long, winning her first two matches by ippon, and then moving into the final with a win by penalties over Korean Hwang Ye-Seul. There she met German Kerstin Thiele, who was a surprise finalist. The final was another comfortable victory for Décosse who added the only trophy she was lacking. Décosse score a waza-ari early in the match and added two yukos near the end to win easily. Thiele had advanced by defeating second seeded Edith Bosch (NED) in the quarter-finals, and then survived a tough semi-final against China’s Chen Fei. Bosch came back to win a bronze medal, joined by Colombian Yuri Alvear, who defeated Chen for the bronze. For Bosch, it was her third Olympic medal, with a silver from 2004 and a bronze in 2008.

Bosch achieved further fame during London 2012 just before the start of the men’s 100 metre final in athletics. She was seated next to a drunken fan who threw a beer bottle onto the track just as the athletes were lining up. Bosch subdued the idiot until the police arrived to take him away.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lucie Décosse 30 France FRA Gold
2 Kerstin Thiele 25 Germany GER Silver
3T Yuri Alvear 26 Colombia COL Bronze
3T Edith Bosch 32 Netherlands NED Bronze
5T Chen Fei 21 China CHN
5T Hwang Ye-Seul 24 South Korea KOR
7T Raša Sraka 32 Slovenia SLO
7T Haruka Tachimoto 21 Japan JPN
9T Kelita Zupancic 22 Canada CAN
9T Antónia Moreira 30 Angola ANG
9T Cecilia Blanco 33 Spain ESP
9T Juliane Robra 29 Switzerland SUI
9T Sally Conway 25 Great Britain GBR
9T Anett Mészáros 25 Hungary HUN
9T Onix Cortés 23 Cuba CUB
9T Houda Miled 25 Tunisia TUN
17T Maria Portela 24 Brazil BRA
17T Nataliya Smal 29 Ukraine UKR
17T Erica Barbieri 31 Italy ITA
17T Carine Ngarlemdana 17 Chad CHA
17T Moira de Villiers 22 New Zealand NZL
17T Katarzyna Piłocik-Klys 26 Poland POL