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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Half-Lightweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 10, 2008
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: CHN Xian Dongmei
Silver: PRK An Kum-Ae
Bronze: ALG Soraya Haddad
JPN Misato Nakamura


The defending champion was China’s [Xian Dongmei]. She had retired after 2004 but returned to the tatamis in 2007 after giving birth to a child. The last two World Champions in this class had been Chinese – Li Ying in 2005 and Shi Junjie in 2007, but Xian was selected for the Chinese in their stead. In 2008 she has already won a gold medal at the World Cup in Budepest and the Super World Cup in Paris. Xian advanacd to the final where she faced the formidable [An Kum-Ae], who had won bronze at the last two World Championships. The final match was close but Xian won by yuko to claim her second consecutive gold medal. Xian described her reaction, “It is unforgettable and not easy to get it again. It is really very special because I won it in front of my home [crowd]. It is also special because after four years I also became a mother and I got a gold medal again.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Xian Dongmei 32 China CHN Gold
2 An Kum-Ae 28 North Korea PRK Silver
3T Soraya Haddad 23 Algeria ALG Bronze
3T Misato Nakamura 19 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Sholpan Kaliyeva 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
5T Kim Gyeong-Ok 25 South Korea KOR
7T Ana Carrascosa 28 Spain ESP
7T Ilse Heylen 31 Belgium BEL
9T Marie Muller 23 Luxembourg LUX
9T Romy Tarangul 20 Germany GER
9T Telma Monteiro 22 Portugal POR
9T Flor Velázquez 24 Venezuela VEN
13T Hortence Diédhiou 24 Senegal SEN
13T Yagnelis Mestre 24 Cuba CUB
15T María García 20 Dominican Republic DOM
15T Anna Kharitonova 23 Russia RUS
15T Kristie-Anne Ryder 18 Australia AUS
15T Shih Pei-Chun 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
19T Zinnura Dzhurayeva 22 Uzbekistan UZB
19T Andressa Fernandes 21 Brazil BRA
19T Audrey La Rizza 27 France FRA
19T Mönkhbaataryn Bundmaa 22 Mongolia MGL