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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004
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: JPN Noriko Anno
Silver: CHN Liu Xia
Bronze: ITA Lucia Morico
CUB Yurisel Laborde


The last three World Championships in this class had been won by [Noriko Anno] and in 1997 she was World Champion in the middleweight class. Her Olympic record was quite spotty, however, as she had lost in the first round of both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and had not come close to winning a medal. But Athina was different. She won her first match by ippon but was then pushed in the pool semi and final. In the class final she faced China’s [Liu Xia]. Liu was not well known internationally but had finished second in the 2004 Asian Games. The final was tight throughout, but Anno won the gold medal by ippon with only 22 seconds remaining in the match.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Noriko Anno 28 Japan JPN Gold
2 Liu Xia 25 China CHN Silver
3T Lucia Morico 28 Italy ITA Bronze
3T Yurisel Laborde 24 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Anastasiya Matrosova 22 Ukraine UKR
5T Céline Lebrun 27 France FRA
7T Edinanci da Silva 27 Brazil BRA
7T Lee So-Yeon 23 South Korea KOR
AC Varvara Akritidou 23 Greece GRE
AC Houda Ben Daya 25 Tunisia TUN
AC Amy Cotton 24 Canada CAN
AC Mélanie Engoang 36 Gabon GAB
AC Nikki Kubes 17 United States USA
AC Uta Kühnen 29 Germany GER
AC Varvara Masyagina 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC Vera Moskalyuk 22 Russia RUS
AC Keivi Mayerlin Pinto 24 Venezuela VEN
AC Sisilia Rasokisoki 24 Fiji FIJ
AC Esther San Miguel 29 Spain ESP
AC Rachel Wilding 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Claudia Zwiers 30 Netherlands NED