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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 21, 2000
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 Tang Lin
Silver: FRA Céline Lebrun
Bronze: ITA Emanuela Pierantozzi
ROU Simona Richter


The favorite was Japan’s [Noriko Anno], who had been World Champion in 1997 and 1999. But she lost her first match by decision to Italy’s [Emanuela Pierantozzi], who had been silver medalist in 1992 in the middleweight class. The final eventually matched the current European Champion, France’s [Céline Lebrun] against China’s [Tang Lin]. The match came down to hantei with Lin winning the gold medal by yusei-gachi. Anno would again win the World Championships in this class in 2001, and would finally win an Olympic gold medal in 2004, while Lebrun would win the 2001 Worlds in the open class.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tang Lin 24 China CHN Gold
2 Céline Lebrun 24 France FRA Silver
3T Emanuela Pierantozzi 32 Italy ITA Bronze
3T Simona Richter 28 Romania ROU Bronze
5T Diadenys Luna 25 Cuba CUB
5T Heidi Rakels 32 Belgium BEL
7T Edinanci da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
7T Lee So-Yeon 19 South Korea KOR
9T Amy Tong 22 United States USA
9T Esther San Miguel 25 Spain ESP
9T Karin Kienhuis 29 Netherlands NED
9T Sambuugiin Dashdulam 26 Mongolia MGL
13T Akissi Monney 21 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
13T Kimberly Ribble 26 Canada CAN
13T Nasiba Salayeva-Surkieva 18 Turkmenistan TKM
AC Chloe Cowen 27 Great Britain GBR
AC Hsu Yuan-Lin 29 Chinese Taipei TPE
AC Laisa Laveti Tuifagalele 33 Fiji FIJ
AC Mélanie Engoang 32 Gabon GAB
AC Natalie Jenkinson 23 Australia AUS
AC Noriko Anno 24 Japan JPN
AC Sandra Godinho 27 Portugal POR
AC Uta Kühnen 25 Germany GER