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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight

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 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 10, 2016

Gold: JPN Haruka Tachimoto
Silver: COL Yuri Alvear
Bronze: GBR Sally Conway
GER Laura Vargas Koch


Japan celebrated a clear sweep in the two middleweight judo events on the same day in Rio, with [Haruka Tachimoto] claiming the gold in the women’s 70 kg division and [Mashu Baker] in the men’s 90 kg division. For Tachimoto, Colombia’s triple World Champion [Yuri Alvear] was the woman she had to beat in front of what proved to be a “home crowd” for the South American. Being ranked a lowly 12, Tachimoto had to win some difficult fights in the elimination rounds. In her second bout she faced the top seed, and triple European Champion, [Kim Polling] from Netherlands and advanced into the next round by a Yuko in the Golden Score period. In the quarter-finals, she scored a Waza-ari against Canada’s [Kelita Zupancic]. In the semi-final, against eventual bronze medal winner [Laura Vargas Koch] from Germany, she had to go the full four minutes but held on to an advantage scored by a Waza-ari after 1:38 min. Although she had been penalized for non-combativity early in the fight Tachimoto came back, throwing Alvear with a Tani-otoshi (Valley drop) for a Waza-ari and pinned her on the ground for the required 20 seconds to score an Ippon (Full point) after 2:19 min. Second-seeded Alvear, bronze medalist in London 2012, was Colombia's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony in Rio. The two defeated semi-finalists, Vargas Koch and Britain's [Sally Conway], who eliminated reigning World Champion [Gévrise Emane] from France, claimed the two bronze medals. [Mabika Yolande Bukasa], originally from Democratic Republic of Congo but in Rio representing the Refugee Olympic Team, had to leave the Olympic stage after just 1:03 min in her first bout losing by an Ippon.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Haruka Tachimoto 26 Japan JPN Gold
2 Yuri Alvear 30 Colombia COL Silver
3T Sally Conway 29 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Laura Vargas Koch 26 Germany GER Bronze
5T Bernadette Graf 24 Austria AUT
5T María Bernabéu 28 Spain ESP
7T Kelita Zupancic 26 Canada CAN
7T Linda Bolder 28 Israel ISR
9T Kim Polling 25 Netherlands NED
9T Esther Stam 29 Georgia GEO
9T Maria Portela 28 Brazil BRA
9T Antónia Moreira 34 Angola ANG
9T María Pérez 27 Puerto Rico PUR
9T Katarzyna Piłocik-Klys 30 Poland POL
9T Gévrise Emane 34 France FRA
9T Kim Seong-Yeon 25 South Korea KOR
17T Zhou Chao 29 China CHN
17T Tsend-Ayushiin Naranjargal 24 Mongolia MGL
17T Assmaa Niang 33 Morocco MAR
17T Elvismar Rodríguez 19 Venezuela VEN
17T Barbara Matić 21 Croatia CRO
17T Gulnoza Matniyazova 21 Uzbekistan UZB
17T Houda Miled 29 Tunisia TUN
17T Mabika Yolande Bukasa 28 Refugee Olympic Athletes ROT