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Half-Lightweight (≤52 kilograms), Women

Date 1 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPalau Blaugrana, Barcelona
Participants25 from 25 countries
FormatTwo single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the finalists in each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

At the last two World Championships, the final match had come down to Alessandra Giungi (ITA) and Sharon Rendle (GBR), with Rendle winning in 1989 and Giungi in 1991. In her third-round match Rendle faced hometown favorite Almudena Muñoz. In a close match that went to hantei, the referee raised Rendle’s hand, but the judges overruled, giving the decision to Muñoz by yusei-gachi. Giungi also lost an upset by yusei-gachi, in the B Pool semi to Japan’s Noriko Mizoguchi. Muñoz won the final, but only by koka. Muñoz would win a silver medal at the 1993 World Championships, her only other podium finish at a major international.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Almudena MuñozESPGold
2Noriko MizoguchiJPNSilver
=3Li ZhongyunCHNBronze
=3Sharon RendleGBRBronze
=5Alessandra GiungiITA
=5Jessica GalNED
=7Carolina MarianiARG
=7Paula SaldanhaPOR
=9Patricia BevilacquaBRA
=9Jo Anne QuiringUSA
=9Kim Eun-HuiKOR
=9Dina MaksutovaEUN
=13Cathy GraingerAUS
=13Derya ÇalışkanTUR
=13Lisa BoscarinoPUR
=16Eva WikströmSWE
=16Dominique BernaFRA
=16Yu Wai SeungHKG
=16Lyne PoirierCAN
=20Katalin ParraghHUN
=20Legna VerdeciaCUB
=20Maria KaragiannopoulouGRE
=20Heidi GoossensBEL
=20Emiliya VachevaBUL
=20Ravdangiin DechinmaaMGL

Pool A (1 August 1992)

Round One (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Li ZhongyunCHN
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Patricia BevilacquaBRA
Match #2 Dominique BernaFRA
Koka/Tani-otoshi (4:00)
Katalin ParraghHUN
Match #3 Carolina MarianiARG
Chui/Penalty (4:00)
Legna VerdeciaCUB
Match #4 Almudena MuñozESP
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Jo Anne QuiringUSA
Match #5 Sharon RendleGBR
Ippon/Harai-goshi (0:40)
Maria KaragiannopoulouGRE

Quarter-Finals (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Li ZhongyunCHN
Yuko/Morote-gari (4:00)
Cathy GraingerAUS
Match #2 Carolina MarianiARG
Koka/Morote-gari (4:00)
Dominique BernaFRA
Match #3 Almudena MuñozESP
Ippon/Sukui-nage (1:20)
Derya ÇalışkanTUR
Match #4 Sharon RendleGBR
Ippon/Juji-gatame (1:20)
Eva WikströmSWE

Semi-Finals (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Li ZhongyunCHN
Yuko/Ko-uchi-makikomi (4:00)
Carolina MarianiARG
Match #2 Almudena MuñozESP
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Sharon RendleGBR

Final Round (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Almudena MuñozESP
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Li ZhongyunCHN

Repêchage (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Patricia BevilacquaBRA
Yuko/Ko-uchi-gari (4:00)
Cathy GraingerAUS
Match #2 Carolina MarianiARG
Yuko/Sukui-nage (4:00)
Patricia BevilacquaBRA
Match #3 Jo Anne QuiringUSA
Yuko/Harai-goshi (4:00)
Derya ÇalışkanTUR
Match #4 Sharon RendleGBR
Ippon/Juji-gatame (1:00)
Jo Anne QuiringUSA
Match #5 Sharon RendleGBR
Ippon/Hiki-komi-gaeshi (2:47)
Carolina MarianiARG
Match 3/4 Sharon RendleGBR
Ippon/Uchi-mata-sukashi (2:24)
Jessica GalNED

Pool B (1 August 1992)

Round One (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Noriko MizoguchiJPN
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (2:01)
Lisa BoscarinoPUR
Match #2 Alessandra GiungiITA
Yuko/Ko-soto-gake (4:00)
Heidi GoossensBEL
Match #3 Dina MaksutovaEUN
Ippon/Kesa-gatame (2:39)
Emiliya VachevaBUL
Match #4 Paula SaldanhaPOR
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:14)
Ravdangiin DechinmaaMGL

Quarter-Finals (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Noriko MizoguchiJPN
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (1:45)
Kim Eun-HuiKOR
Match #2 Alessandra GiungiITA
Yuko/Sukui-nage (4:00)
Yu Wai SeungHKG
Match #3 Jessica GalNED
Yuko/Soto-makikomi (4:00)
Dina MaksutovaEUN
Match #4 Paula SaldanhaPOR
Koka/Tani-otoshi (4:00)
Lyne PoirierCAN

Semi-Finals (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Noriko MizoguchiJPN
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Alessandra GiungiITA
Match #2 Jessica GalNED
Ippon/Kesa-gatame (3:15)
Paula SaldanhaPOR

Final Round (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Noriko MizoguchiJPN
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (4:00)
Jessica GalNED

Repêchage (1 August 1992)

Match #1 Kim Eun-HuiKOR
Yuko/Sumi-otoshi (4:00)
Lisa BoscarinoPUR
Match #2 Alessandra GiungiITA
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Kim Eun-HuiKOR
Match #3 Paula SaldanhaPOR
Yuko/Uchi-mata (4:00)
Dina MaksutovaEUN
Match #4 Alessandra GiungiITA
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Paula SaldanhaPOR
Match 3/4 Li ZhongyunCHN
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Alessandra GiungiITA

Final Round (1 August 1992)

Match 1/2 Almudena MuñozESP
Koka/Tani-otoshi (4:00)
Noriko MizoguchiJPN