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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Half-Middleweight

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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 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 19, 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: FRA Séverine Vandenhende
Silver: CHN Li Shufang
Bronze: KOR Jeong Seong-Suk
BEL Gella Vandecaveye


Several women were considered to have a chance for gold. France’s [Severine Vandenhende] was the 1997 World Champion, while Japan’s Keiko Maeda had won that title in 1999. Belgium’s [Gella Vandecaveye] had been silver medalist in 1996 and was a three-time European Champion. Maeda went out early, upset by American [Celita Schutz]. Vandecaveye was upset in the other pool by China’s [Li Shufang], who advanced to the final against Vandenhende. The final was a tense, closely fought match, with Vandenhende winning the hantei for the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Séverine Vandenhende 26 France FRA Gold
2 Li Shufang 21 China CHN Silver
3T Gella Vandecaveye 27 Belgium BEL Bronze
3T Jeong Seong-Suk 28 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Anja von Rekowski 24 Germany GER
5T Jenny Gal 30 Italy ITA
7T Saida Dhahri 21 Tunisia TUN
7T Vânia Ishii 27 Brazil BRA
9T Anna Sarayeva 21 Russia RUS
9T Celita Schutz 32 United States USA
9T Karen Roberts 23 Great Britain GBR
9T Olga Artamonova 22 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
13T Sophie Roberge 26 Canada CAN
AC Bilkisu Yusuf 23 Nigeria NGR
AC Carly Dixon 27 Australia AUS
AC Daniëlle Vriezema 23 Netherlands NED
AC Eleucadia Vargas 30 Dominican Republic DOM
AC Eszter Csizmadia 22 Hungary HUN
AC Ji Kyong-Sun 24 North Korea PRK
AC Keiko Maeda 20 Japan JPN
AC Kenia Rodríguez 27 Cuba CUB
AC Sara Álvarez 25 Spain ESP