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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 28, 1988


This event went strictly according to form. Great Britain's Diane Bell had won the 1986 and 1987 World Championships, and was favored. She advanced to the final by winning two matches by ippon, where she met American Lynn Roethke, who Bell had defeated in the final of the 1987 Worlds. The final was close, but Bell again prevailed, this time by shido, after Roethke had once been warned for passivity. Bell would compete again at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics Games, and Roethke would also compete at the 1992 Olympics, but neither would come close to making the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Diane Bell 24 Great Britain GBR
2 Lynn Roethke 27 United States USA
3T Noriko Mochida 22 Japan JPN
3T Bogusława Olechnowicz 25 Poland POL
5T Diane Guy 26 New Zealand NZL
5T Teresa Gaspar 21 Portugal POR
7T Kim Sung-Hea 20 South Korea KOR
7T Debbie Warren-Jeans 24 Zimbabwe ZIM