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Judo at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Jangchung Gymnastium, Seoul
Date Started: October 1, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988


The heavy favorite was China's [Gao Fenglian], world champion in the class in 1986-87, and also world champion in 1987 in the open class, in which she defeated famed Belgian [Ingrid Berghmans] in the final. Gao had a bye in the first round into the semi-finals, where she advanced easily by ippon. In the final she faced Dutch judoka Angelique Seriese, who had been bronze medalist in the class at the 1987 World Championship. The final was close but Seriese won in an upset in a scoreless match by yusei-gachi. She would later win the world title in 1995, and compete at the 1996 Olympics, placing tied for 18th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Angelique Seriese 20 Netherlands NED
2 Gao Fenglian 24 China CHN
3T Margaret Castro-Gomez 29 United States USA
3T Regina Sigmund 25 West Germany FRG
5 Mun Ji-Yun 17 South Korea KOR
6 Maria Teresa Motta 25 Italy ITA
7 Geraldine Dekker 31 Australia AUS