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Judo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Lightweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: July 30, 2012
Date Finished: July 30, 2012
Format: Losing quarter-finalists compete against losing semi-finalist for bronze.

Gold: JPN Kaori Matsumoto
Silver: ROU Corina Căprioriu
Bronze: FRA Automne Pavia
USA Marti Malloy


Aiko Sato had won the 2011 World Championships, but was not chosen for the Japanese Olympic team, that going instead to [Kaori Matsumoto], who was a bronze medalist behind Sato in 2011. Matsumoto had a difficult draw, but kept winning, defeating 2008 gold medalist [Giulia Quintavalle] in the quarter-finals, and then winning over France’s [Automne Pavia] by a golden score in the semi-finals, to make it to the final, where she met Romanian [Corine Căprioriu], with whom she had shared bronze medals at the 2011 Worlds. The final was a dull affair, which was scoreless through regulation. Only 17 seconds into extra-time Căprioriu was disqualified for a banned move, using a reap supporting leg move, and the gold medal was Matsumoto’s.

One bronze medal went to American giant killer [Marti Malloy] who had first defeated #3 seed [Telma Monteiro] (POR) in the first round, and then beating Quintavalle for the bronze. Pavia won the other bronze medal by defeating Hungarian [Hedvig Karakas].

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinal RoundSemi-FinalsRepêchageQuarter-FinalsRound TwoRound One

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kaori Matsumoto 24 Japan JPN Gold
2 Corina Căprioriu 26 Romania ROU Silver
3T Marti Malloy 26 United States USA Bronze
3T Automne Pavia 23 France FRA Bronze
5T Giulia Quintavalle 29 Italy ITA
5T Hedvig Karakas 22 Hungary HUN
7T Sabrina Filzmoser 32 Austria AUT
7T Irina Zabludina 25 Russia RUS
9T Kifayət Qasımova 29 Azerbaijan AZE
9T Kim Jan-Di 21 South Korea KOR
9T Carli Renzi 29 Australia AUS
9T Hortence Diédhiou 28 Senegal SEN
9T Yadinis Amarís 28 Colombia COL
9T Yurisleidy Lupetey 31 Cuba CUB
9T Rafaela Silva 20 Brazil BRA
16T Vesna Đukić 26 Slovenia SLO
16T Dorjsurengiin Sumiya 21 Mongolia MGL
16T Sarah Clark 34 Great Britain GBR
16T Joliane Melançon 26 Canada CAN
16T Telma Monteiro 26 Portugal POR
16T Ioulieta Boukouvala 28 Greece GRE
16T Miryam Roper 30 Germany GER
16T Concepción Bellorin 31 Spain ESP
16T Wang Hui 28 China CHN