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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Half-Lightweight

Judo at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 7, 2016

Gold: KOS Majlinda Kelmendi
Silver: ITA Odette Giuffrida
Bronze: JPN Misato Nakamura
RUS Nataliya Kuzyutina


Even though [Majlinda Kelmendi] was second of the ranking list, and was World Champion in 2013 and 2014, her victory in the women’s 52 kg class still made headlines. Born an ethnic Albanian in Kosovo, when it was still part of Serbia, she had to compete for Albania in 2012. Alhough still not recognized by many countries after declaring independence, the NOC of Kosovo was acknowledged by the IOC in 2014. This paved the way for Kelmendi to compete for her home country. Her gold medal was Kosovo’s first Olympic medal of any colour.

Early in the competition, she met [Christianne Legentil] from Mauritius, to whom she had lost in 2012. Again she had to struggle, but eventually defeated the African on penalties. In the semi-final Kelmendi had another tough fight, when she edged out three-time World Champion [Misato Nakamura] by just one penalty. In the final against Italy’s [Odette Giuffrida] she scored a Yuko after 29 seconds, which was enough to clinch the gold. Giuffrida’s silver came as a bigger surprise than Kelmendi’s gold. Her only previous international medal was a bronze at the 2015 European Games, but she advanced to the Rio final after defeating the top ranked Romanian [Andreea Chițu]. As at Beijing in 2008, Nakamura had to take consolation with a bronze medal alongside Russian [Nataliya Kuzyutina]. In the elimination round, Nakamura defeated Kuzyutina in the longest bout with an Ippon (full point) 3:39 minutes into the Golden Score period.

Allegations were raised that [Joud Fahmy] of Saudi Arabia deliberately forfeited her first-round match against Legentil to avoid meeting Israeli [Gili Cohen] in the second round. These were rejected by Saudi Arabian officials stating that Fahmy was injured and advised by medical staff not to compete.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Majlinda Kelmendi 25 Kosovo KOS Gold
2 Odette Giuffrida 21 Italy ITA Silver
3T Misato Nakamura 27 Japan JPN Bronze
3T Nataliya Kuzyutina 27 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Érika Miranda 29 Brazil BRA
5T Ma Yingnan 32 China CHN
7T Andreea Chițu 28 Romania ROU
7T Christianne Legentil 24 Mauritius MRI
9T Laura Gómez 32 Spain ESP
9T Mareen Kräh 32 Germany GER
9T Hela Ayari 21 Tunisia TUN
9T Joana Ramos 34 Portugal POR
9T Evelyne Tschopp 25 Switzerland SUI
9T Gili Cohen 25 Israel ISR
9T Adiyasambuu Tsolmon 23 Mongolia MGL
9T Ecaterina Guica 22 Canada CAN
17T Gülbadam Babamyradowa 24 Turkmenistan TKM
17T Darya Skrypnik 28 Belarus BLR
17T Antoinette Gasongo 22 Burundi BDI
17T Priscilla Gneto 25 France FRA
17T Angelica Delgado 25 United States USA