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Judo at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

Judo at the 1992 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Blue and Red Palace, Granollers
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 27, 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: CHN Zhuang Xiaoyan
Silver: CUB Estela Rodríguez
Bronze: FRA Nathalie Lupino
JPN Yoko Sakaue


At the last two World Championships, China’s Gao Fenglian had won gold in 1989, and Zhang Yin won silver in 1991, but neither was selected as the Chinese representative in this class, as they chose instead [Zhuang Xiaoyan]. Zhuang had been World Champion in 1991 in the open class, and the competition in Barcelona was expected to be between her and Cuba’s [Estela Rodríguez]. Rodríguez was World Champion in the open division in 1989, and lost in the final to Zhuang at the 1991 Worlds. The heavyweight class went according to form, as both Zhuang and Rodríguez made it to the final to contest the gold and silver medals. Zhuang won easily, using her favorite move, kami-shiho-gatame, to win by ippon in 2:42. Rodríguez would again win a silver medal in this class at the 1996 Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhuang Xiaoyan 23 China CHN Gold
2 Estela Rodríguez 24 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Nathalie Lupino 29 France FRA Bronze
3T Yoko Sakaue 23 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Beata Maksymowa 24 Poland POL
5T Claudia Weber 24 Germany GER
7T Éva Gránitz 26 Hungary HUN
7T Svetlana Gundarenko 23 Unified Team EUN
9T Nilmari Santini 33 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Supatra Yompakdee 30 Thailand THA
9T Sharon Lee 29 Great Britain GBR
9T Edilene Andrade 21 Brazil BRA
13T Jane Patterson 32 Canada CAN
13T Inmaculada Vicent 24 Spain ESP
13T Colleen Rosensteel 25 United States USA
16T Monique van der Lee 18 Netherlands NED
16T Sangita Mehta 25 India IND
16T Maria Teresa Motta 29 Italy ITA
16T Mun Ji-Yun 21 South Korea KOR
20T Anne Åkerblom 31 Finland FIN
20T Heba Hefny 19 Egypt EGY