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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Extra-Lightweight

Judo at the 1992 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: August 2, 1992
Date Finished: August 2, 1992
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: FRA Cécile Nowak
Silver: JPN Ryoko Tamura-Tani
Bronze: CUB Amarilys Savón
TUR Hülya Şenyurt


This class had been dominated for the past several years by France’s [Cécile Nowak] and Britain’s [Karen Briggs]. Briggs was World Champion in 1989, with Nowak winning in 1991. Nowak had been European Champion from 1990-92 and defeated Briggs in the final of the 1991 Worlds and all three European tournaments. In the A Pool final, Briggs fought Japan’s [Ryoko Tamura]. But Briggs separated her shoulder and eventually lost by hansoku-make. Tamura met Nowak in the final, with Nowak winning the gold medal in a close match, her victory only by koka. For Tamura, this was her first of five consecutive medals in this class, including gold in 2000-2004. She would also win seven World Championships in this class. Extremely popular in Japan, and known as “Yawara-chan,” she later married Japanese baseball player [Yoshitomo Tani].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Cécile Nowak 25 France FRA Gold
2 Ryoko Tamura-Tani 16 Japan JPN Silver
3T Hülya Şenyurt 18 Turkey TUR Bronze
3T Amarilys Savón 18 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Karen Briggs 29 Great Britain GBR
5T Salima Souakri 17 Algeria ALG
7T Yolanda Soler 21 Spain ESP
7T María Villapol 24 Venezuela VEN
9T Brigitte Lastrade 20 Canada CAN
9T Li Aiyue 21 China CHN
9T Michaela Bornemann 21 Austria AUT
9T Giovanna Tortora 27 Italy ITA
13T Khishigbatyn Erdenet-Od 17 Mongolia MGL
13T Andrea Rodrigues 19 Brazil BRA
13T Donna Hilton 24 New Zealand NZL
16T Małgorzata Roszkowska 24 Poland POL
16T Kang Yong-Ok 18 North Korea PRK
16T Annikka Mutanen 27 Finland FIN
16T Kerstin Emich 29 Germany GER
20T Yu Hui-Jun 19 South Korea KOR
20T Leposava Marković 19 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
20T Huang Yu-Shin 20 Chinese Taipei TPE