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Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 20, 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: CHN Sun Fuming
Silver: CUB Estela Rodríguez
Bronze: FRA Christine Cicot
GER Johanna Hagn


Nobody had dominated this event in the past four years and there was no real favorite. The final came down to the 1992 silver medalist, Cuba’s [Estela Rodríguez], against China’s [Sun Fuming], runner-up at the 1995 Worlds. The match was close with Sun winning by yuko at the time limit. Rodríguez then tested positive for furosemide (Lasix), a diuretic often used as a masking agent, but in an unusual ruling, she was only given a reprimand.

Finishing equal seventh in this class was Brazil’s [Edinanci da Silva], who had an interesting road to the Atlanta Olympics. Born with mixed sexual organs, she had an operation only a few months before the Olympics to remove the male sexual organs so she could live and compete as a woman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sun Fuming 22 China CHN Gold
2 Estela Rodríguez 28 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Christine Cicot 31 France FRA Bronze
3T Johanna Hagn 23 Germany GER Bronze
5T Svetlana Gundarenko 27 Russia RUS
5T Beata Maksymowa 28 Poland POL
7T Edinanci da Silva 19 Brazil BRA
7T Son Hyeon-Mi 23 South Korea KOR
9T Éva Gránitz 30 Hungary HUN
9T Michelle Rogers 20 Great Britain GBR
9T Nancy Filteau 34 Canada CAN
9T Heba Hefny 23 Egypt EGY
13 Shah Kohli 20 India IND
14T Marguerita Goua Lou 26 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
14T Donata Burgatta 22 Italy ITA
14T Yeh Wen-Hua 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
14T Heidi Burnett 34 Australia AUS
18T Colleen Rosensteel 29 United States USA
18T Angelique Seriese 28 Netherlands NED
18T Noriko Anno 20 Japan JPN