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Judo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Half-Middleweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Ano Liosia Olympic Hall, Ano Liossia
Date Started: August 17, 2004
Date Finished: August 17, 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 Ayumi Tanimoto
Silver: AUT Claudia Heill
Bronze: CUB Driulys González
SLO UrÅ¡ka Žolnir


This was one class which definitely did not proceed as expected. The contenders were [Gella Vandecaveye] (BEL), the 2001 World Champion; [Daniela Krukower] (ARG), the 2003 World Champion; and [Driulys González] (CUB), three-time Olympic medalist in the lightweight class. But of those, only González would win a medal and that only a bronze. [Ayumi Tanimoto] of Japan was not considered a favorite, despite winning the 2001 Asian Games, but she kept winning her pool matches by ippon, including the pool final over Krukower. The other finalist was Austrian [Claudia Heill], a three-time medalist at the European Championships but never a winner. In the final, Tanimoto continued her dominance, throwing Heill for ippon in only 1:17. Though she did not win any World Championship titles, Tanimoto would return in 2008 to defend her gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ayumi Tanimoto 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Claudia Heill 22 Austria AUT Silver
3T Urška Žolnir 22 Slovenia SLO Bronze
3T Driulys González 30 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Daniela Krukower 29 Argentina ARG
5T Marie-Hélène Chisholm 25 Canada CAN
7T Lucie Décosse 23 France FRA
7T Hong Ok-Song 20 North Korea PRK
AC Sara Álvarez 29 Spain ESP
AC Sarah Clark 26 Great Britain GBR
AC Saida Dhahri 25 Tunisia TUN
AC Carly Dixon 31 Australia AUS
AC Vânia Ishii 30 Brazil BRA
AC Lee Bok-Hui 25 South Korea KOR
AC Li Shufang 25 China CHN
AC Diana Maza 19 Ecuador ECU
AC Henriëtte Möller 31 South Africa RSA
AC Ronda Rousey 17 United States USA
AC Ylenia Scapin 29 Italy ITA
AC Eleni Tabasi 27 Greece GRE
AC Gella Vandecaveye 31 Belgium BEL
AC Anna von Harnier 23 Germany GER