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Judo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012
Format: Losing quarter-finalists compete against losing semi-finalist for bronze.

Gold: CUB Idalys Ortíz
Silver: JPN Mika Sugimoto
Bronze: GBR Karina Bryant
CHN Tong Wen


China’s [Tong Wen] was the defending champion and had won four World titles since Beijing, held seven in all, and was an overwhelming favorite in this class. She had overcome a doping violation in 2010, which was overturned on appeal. In the semi-finals Tong was defeated by Cuba’s [Idalys Ortíz], twice a bronze medalist at the Worlds and at the 2008 Olympics, as Tong lost for the first time since February 2007. In the other half of the draw Japan’s [Mika Sugimoto], bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships, won her first two matches by ippon, and then advanced to the final with a win by yuko over Great Britain’s [Karina Bryant].

The final was a scoreless affair, both through regulation and in extra-time, but Ortíz was given the victory by hantei with a unanimous judges’ decision. The only exciting thing in the final was Ortíz’s red-blue-white hairdo. Bryant and Tong won the two bronze medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Idalys Ortíz 22 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Mika Sugimoto 27 Japan JPN Silver
3T Karina Bryant 33 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Tong Wen 29 China CHN Bronze
5T Iryna Kindzerska 21 Ukraine UKR
5T Maria Altheman 23 Brazil BRA
7T Yelena Ivashchenko 27 Russia RUS
7T Gulzhan Isanova 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
9T Urszula Sadkowska 28 Poland POL
9T Gülşah Kocatürk 26 Turkey TUR
9T Melissa Mojica 28 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Adysângela Moniz 25 Cape Verde CPV
9T Giovanna José Blanco 29 Venezuela VEN
9T Nihel Cheikh Rouhou 25 Tunisia TUN
9T Lucija Polavder 27 Slovenia SLO
9T Kim Na-Yeong 24 South Korea KOR
17T Vanessa Martina Zambotti 30 Mexico MEX
17T Wojdan Shaherkani 16 Saudi Arabia KSA
17T Anne-Sophie Mondière 33 France FRA
17T Sonia Asselah 20 Algeria ALG