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Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

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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 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 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: CUB Sibelis Veranes
Silver: GBR Kate Howey
Bronze: KOR Jo Min-Seon
ITA Ylenia Scapin


The three leading contenders were [Sibelis Veranes] (CUB), the 1999 World and Pan-American Champion; [Kate Howey] (GBR), the 1997 World Champion and four-time medalist at the Worlds; and [Ulla Werbrouck] (BEL), 1996 Olympic Champion at half-heavyweight and runner-up to Veranes at the 1999 Worlds. In Werbrouck’s first match, she lost a controversial decision to Spain’s [Úrsula Martín]. Martín went to the pool final against Howey, who used juji-gatame to defeat her by ippon and advance to the final. There Howey met the other remaining favorite, Veranes. Veranes scored an early waza-ari with a leg throw and held on to win the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sibelis Veranes 26 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Kate Howey 27 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Jo Min-Seon 28 South Korea KOR Bronze
3T Ylenia Scapin 25 Italy ITA Bronze
5T Ulla Werbrouck 28 Belgium BEL
5T Úrsula Martín 24 Spain ESP
7T Edith Bosch 20 Netherlands NED
7T Yvonne Wansart 26 Germany GER
9T Daniela Krukower 25 Argentina ARG
9T Masae Ueno 21 Japan JPN
9T Sandy Bacher 32 United States USA
9T Yuliya Kuzina 23 Russia RUS
13T Andrea Pažoutová 21 Czech Republic CZE
AC Aprilia Marzuki 22 Indonesia INA
AC Cath Arlove 29 Australia AUS
AC Dorjgotovyn Tserenkhand 23 Mongolia MGL
AC Karine Rambault 29 France FRA
AC Lea Zahoui Blavo 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
AC Mariama Sonah Bah 22 Guinea GUI
AC Nesria Traki 28 Tunisia TUN
AC Qin Dongya 20 China CHN
AC Tetiana Beliaieva 28 Ukraine UKR
AC Xiomara Griffith 31 Venezuela VEN