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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 23, 1996
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: JPN Yuko Emoto
Silver: BEL Gella Vandecaveye
Bronze: NED Jenny Gal
KOR Jeong Seong-Suk


The last two World Champions had been [Gella Vandecaveye] (BEL-1993) and [Jeong Seong-Suk] (KOR-1995). Joining them in Atlanta was the defending champion, France’s [Catherine Fleury], defending silver medalist [Yael Arad] of Israel, and the 1996 European Champion, [Jenny Gal] of the Netherlands. Japan’s [Yuko Emoto] was not considered a contender. But in Pool B she consecutively defeated Fleury, Arad, and Gal to advance to the final. Jeong had lost the Pool A final to Vandecaveye, and met Emoto in the final. The final was an easy victory for Emoto who used uchi-mata for ippon to win in 0:55. Emoto never made the podium at the World Championships with her best other international placing being a silver at the 1994 Asian Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuko Emoto 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Gella Vandecaveye 23 Belgium BEL Silver
3T Jenny Gal 26 Netherlands NED Bronze
3T Jeong Seong-Suk 24 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Yael Arad 29 Israel ISR
5T İlknur Kobaş 19 Turkey TUR
7T Sara Álvarez 21 Spain ESP
7T Xiomara Griffith 26 Venezuela VEN
9T Hajer Tbessi 25 Tunisia TUN
9T Susann Singer 26 Germany GER
9T Tatyana Bogomyagkova 24 Russia RUS
9T Ileana Beltrán 25 Cuba CUB
13T Laurie Pace 30 Malta MLT
13T Catherine Fleury-Vachon 30 France FRA
13T Michelle Buckingham 27 Canada CAN
16T Michaela Vernerová 22 Czech Republic CZE
16T Liu Lizhe 20 China CHN
16T Valentina Kamsulyeva 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
16T Diane Bell 32 Great Britain GBR
20T Celita Schutz 28 United States USA
20T Wu Ching Hui 22 Hong Kong HKG
20T Cristiane Parmigiano 17 Brazil BRA
20T Birgit Blum 28 Liechtenstein LIE
20T Lara Sullivan 26 Australia AUS