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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Half-Middleweight

Judo at the 1992 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 30, 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 Catherine Fleury-Vachon
Silver: ISR Yael Arad
Bronze: EUN Yelena Petrova
CHN Zhang Di


[Catherine Fleury] (FRA) had won the World and European Championships in 1989, but had struggled since then, and not made an international final in 1990-92. But she made the final in Barcelona with three victories by ippon, and one decision. There she faced [Yael Arad]. Arad had been bronze medalist at the 1989 Europeans and 1991 Worlds, but of more significance was that she was an Israeli. When Arad won the B Pool final over 1991 World Champion [Frauke Eickhoff] (GER), making the final, she became the first Israeli athlete to win an Olympic medal – the color to be determined. In the final, neither judoka could score a point, with the hantei being given to Fleury, winning by yusei-gachi for a gold medal. Arad dedicated her silver medal to “The Eleven” – the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who had been assassinated by Arab terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Catherine Fleury-Vachon 26 France FRA Gold
2 Yael Arad 25 Israel ISR Silver
3T Zhang Di 24 China CHN Bronze
3T Yelena Petrova 25 Unified Team EUN Bronze
5T Frauke Eickhoff 24 Germany GER
5T Gu Hyeon-Suk 23 South Korea KOR
7T Xiomara Griffith 22 Venezuela VEN
7T Begoña Gómez 27 Spain ESP
9T Diane Bell 28 Great Britain GBR
9T Ileana Beltrán 21 Cuba CUB
9T Gella Vandecaveye 19 Belgium BEL
9T Miroslava Jánošíková 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
13T Nicola Morris 24 New Zealand NZL
13T Debbie Warren-Jeans 28 Zimbabwe ZIM
13T Jenny Gal 22 Netherlands NED
16T Susanne Profanter 22 Austria AUT
16T Zsuzsa Nagy 16 Hungary HUN
16T Gisela Hämmerling 22 Switzerland SUI
16T Birgit Blum 24 Liechtenstein LIE
20T Eleucadia Vargas 22 Dominican Republic DOM
20T Bogusława Olechnowicz 29 Poland POL
20T Tânia Ishii 23 Brazil BRA
20T Lkhamaasürengiin Badamsüren 20 Mongolia MGL
20T Michelle Buckingham 23 Canada CAN
20T Laurie Pace 26 Malta MLT
20T Thant Phyu Phyu 25 Myanmar MYA
20T Felicité Makounawode 21 Central African Republic CAF
20T Lynn Roethke 31 United States USA
20T Takako Kobayashi 24 Japan JPN