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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Extra-Lightweight

Judo at the 1988 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: September 25, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988


Li Zhongyun had won the 1987 World Championship, and won a bronze medal at the 1986 Worlds. The silver medalist both years was Japan's [Fumiko Esaki]. In Seoul both advanced to the final, winning their respective pools, with Li again defeating Esaki, this time by koka. Esaki would make a career of finishing second in this class, repeating that finish at the 1989 World Championship. Li would compete in Barcelona in 1992, winning a bronze medal. Dutchwoman Jessica Gal, 1987 world bronze medalist, who tied for sixth in Seoul, would compete at the Olympics again in 1992, 1996, and 2000, with a best finish of tied for fifth in 1992. One woman who did not compete was Britain's Karen Briggs, world champion in 1982, 1984 and 1986, but she broke her leg in the first round at the 1987 World Championships and was not selected for the British team, which was called scandalous by some British writers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Li Zhongyun 21 China CHN
2 Fumiko Esaki 16 Japan JPN
3T Jo Min-Seon 16 South Korea KOR
3T Julie Reardon 30 Australia AUS
5 Monica Angelucci 19 Brazil BRA
6T Jessica Gal 17 Netherlands NED
6T Chou Yu-Ping 16 Chinese Taipei TPE