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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight

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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 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 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: ESP Isabel Fernández
Silver: CUB Driulys González
Bronze: AUS Mária Pekli
JPN Kie Kusakabe


Since the mid-90s, this class was led by two athletes – Spain’s [Isabel Fernández] and Cuba’s [Driulys González]. They had met in the last two World Championship finals, Fernández winning in 1997 and González in 1999. At Atlanta in 1996, González had won Olympic gold, with Fernández taking bronze. González had a slight edge in their matches, entering Sydney with five victories and only two losses in their bouts against each other. They made it to the final comfortably, although Fernández won her three matches going the limit. The final was a dull, passive affair, with Fernández winning.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Isabel Fernández 28 Spain ESP Gold
2 Driulys González 26 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Kie Kusakabe 21 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Mária Pekli 28 Australia AUS Bronze
5T Cinzia Cavazzuti 27 Italy ITA
5T Shen Jun 23 China CHN
7T Barbara Harel 23 France FRA
7T Zülfiyyə Hüseynova 29 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Khishigbatyn Erdenet-Od 25 Mongolia MGL
9T Marisabel Lomba 26 Belgium BEL
9T Pernilla Andersson 28 Sweden SWE
9T Tânia Ferreira 26 Brazil BRA
13T Ellen Wilson 24 United States USA
13T Françoise Nguele 19 Cameroon CMR
AC Cheryle Peel 24 Great Britain GBR
AC Filipa Cavalleri 26 Portugal POR
AC Jessica Gal 29 Netherlands NED
AC Laurie Pace 34 Malta MLT
AC Ludmila Cristea 14 Moldova MDA
AC Michaela Vernerová 26 Czech Republic CZE
AC Michelle Buckingham 32 Canada CAN
AC Orit Bar-On 24 Israel ISR
AC Rose Marie Kouaho 22 Cote d'Ivoire CIV