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Judo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 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 Tong Wen
Silver: JPN Maki Tsukada
Bronze: SLO Lucija Polavder
CUB Idalys Ortíz


The favorite was China’s [Tong Wen], who was World Champion in 2003, 2005, and 2007, but she faced strong opposition in Japan’s [Maki Tsukada], who was the 2004 Olympic gold medalist. Tsukada had been bronze medalist at the 2005 Worlds, silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds in the heavyweight class, and won the 2007 open class. The class went entirely per form and these two met in the final. With only a few seconds remaining in that match, Tong threw Tsukada for ippon to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tong Wen 25 China CHN Gold
2 Maki Tsukada 26 Japan JPN Silver
3T Idalys Ortíz 18 Cuba CUB Bronze
3T Lucija Polavder 23 Slovenia SLO Bronze
5T Dorjgotovyn Tserenkhand 31 Mongolia MGL
5T Kim Na-Yeong 20 South Korea KOR
7T Anne-Sophie Mondière 29 France FRA
7T Samah Ramadan 30 Egypt EGY
9T Tea Donguzashvili 32 Russia RUS
9T Gulzhan Isanova 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Janelle Shepherd 23 Australia AUS
9T Vanessa Martina Zambotti 26 Mexico MEX
13 Maryna Prokof'ieva 26 Ukraine UKR
14T Karina Bryant 29 Great Britain GBR
14T Sandra Köppen 33 Germany GER
14T Nihel Cheikh Rouhou 21 Tunisia TUN
14T Carola Uilenhoed 23 Netherlands NED
18T Carmen Chalá 42 Ecuador ECU
18T Urszula Sadkowska 24 Poland POL
18T Mariya Shekirova 19 Uzbekistan UZB
18T Michela Torrenti 30 Italy ITA