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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 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 8, 2016
Date Finished: August 8, 2016

Gold: BRA Rafaela Silva
Silver: MGL Dorjsurengiin Sumiya
Bronze: POR Telma Monteiro
JPN Kaori Matsumoto


At the Rio Olympics, women’s judo events provided some interesting and touching stories. The day after [Majlinda Kelmendi] won the first gold medal for Kosovo, the young country torn by ethnic rivalries, [Rafaela Silva] finally gained host country Brazil's first gold medal, in the 57 kg class. But the main story behind Silva were her origins in the notorious favela (slum) Cidade de Deus (City of God) in Rio. It was there that the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist [Flávio Canto] founded a martial arts school which was to turn Silva into the world’s top judoka in her class. The 24-year-old was not really a surprise victor as she was the 2013 World Champion and a two-time gold medalist at the Pan American Games. However, prior to the Olympics she had dropped to 14 in the rankings. Silva had competed in London 2012 where she was disqualified for an illegal leg grab against [Hedvig Karakas] of Hungary. In Rio the two met again in the quarter-finals. This time, Silva scored a Waza-ari (half point) after 1:50 min, which proved to be sufficient to advance to the semi-final. After beating the second seed, Korean [Kim Jan-Di], earlier in the tournament, in the final Silva faced the top-seeded Asian Champion [Dorjsurengiin Sumiya]. Again, an early Waza-ari for a Sumi-otoshi (corner drop) was decisive in winning gold.

Bronze medals went to [Telma Monteiro] of Portugal, a five-time European Champion, and [Kaori Matsumoto] of Japan, the reigning Olympic and World Champion. Both were defeated by Sumiya in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, of the elimination round.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rafaela Silva 24 Brazil BRA Gold
2 Dorjsurengiin Sumiya 25 Mongolia MGL Silver
3T Telma Monteiro 30 Portugal POR Bronze
3T Kaori Matsumoto 28 Japan JPN Bronze
5T Corina Căprioriu 30 Romania ROU
5T Lien Chen-Ling 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
7T Automne Pavia 27 France FRA
7T Hedvig Karakas 26 Hungary HUN
9T Sanne Verhagen 23 Netherlands NED
9T Darcina Manuel 23 New Zealand NZL
9T Zoulehia Abzetta Dabonne 23 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
9T Nekoda Smythe-Davis 23 Great Britain GBR
9T Kim Jan-Di 25 South Korea KOR
9T Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard 22 Canada CAN
9T Marti Malloy 30 United States USA
9T Nora Gjakova 23 Kosovo KOS
17T Hortence Diédhiou 32 Senegal SEN
17T Irina Zabludina 29 Russia RUS
17T Sabrina Filzmoser 36 Austria AUT
17T Miryam Roper 34 Germany GER
17T Ruşana Nurjowowa 22 Turkmenistan TKM
17T Arleta Podolak 22 Poland POL
17T Yadinis Amarís 32 Colombia COL