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Half-Middleweight (≤61 kilograms), Women

Date30 July 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPalau Blaugrana, Barcelona
Participants29 from 29 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.

Catherine Fleury (FRA) had won the World and European Championships in 1989, but had struggled since then, and not made an international final in 1990-92. But she made the final in Barcelona with three victories by ippon, and one decision. There she faced Yael Arad. Arad had been bronze medalist at the 1989 Europeans and 1991 Worlds, but of more significance was that she was an Israeli. When Arad won the B Pool final over 1991 World Champion Frauke Eickhoff (GER), making the final, she became the first Israeli athlete to win an Olympic medal – the color to be determined. In the final, neither judoka could score a point, with the hantei being given to Fleury, winning by yusei-gachi for a gold medal. Arad dedicated her silver medal to “The Eleven” – the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who had been assassinated by Arab terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Catherine FleuryFRAGold
2Yael AradISRSilver
=3Zhang DiCHNBronze
=3Yelena PetrovaEUNBronze
=5Frauke EickhoffGER
=5Gu Hyeon-SukKOR
=7Xiomara GriffithVEN
=7Begoña GómezESP
=9Diane BellGBR
=9Ileana BeltránCUB
=9Gella VandecaveyeBEL
=9Miroslava JánošíkováTCH
=13Nicola MorrisNZL
=13Debbie Warren-JeansZIM
=13Jenny GalNED
=16Susanne ProfanterAUT
=16Zsuzsa NagyHUN
=16Gisela HämmerlingSUI
=16Birgit BlumLIE
=20Eleucadia VargasDOM
=20Bogusława OlechnowiczPOL
=20Tânia IshiiBRA
=20Lkhamaasürengiin BadamsürenMGL
=20Michelle BuckinghamCAN
=20Laurie PaceMLT
=20Thant Phyu PhyuMYA
=20Felicité MakounawodeCAF
=20Lynn RoethkeUSA
=20Takako KobayashiJPN

Pool A (30 July 1992)

Round One (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Susanne ProfanterAUT
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Eleucadia VargasDOM
Match #2 Diane BellGBR
Yuko/Hiki-komi-gaeshi (4:00)
Bogusława OlechnowiczPOL
Match #3 Zhang DiCHN
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (3:57)
Tânia IshiiBRA
Match #4 Gu Hyeon-SukKOR
Ippon/Sukui-nage (3:00)
Nicola MorrisNZL
Match #5 Ileana BeltránCUB
Ippon/Sukui-nage (0:09)
Michelle BuckinghamCAN
Match #6 Catherine FleuryFRA
Ippon/Morote-gari (0:32)
Debbie Warren-JeansZIM
Match #7 Zsuzsa NagyHUN
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (0:44)
Lkhamaasürengiin BadamsürenMGL

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Diane BellGBR
Yuko/Kuchiki-taoshi (4:00)
Susanne ProfanterAUT
Match #2 Gu Hyeon-SukKOR
Yuko/Morote-gari (4:00)
Zhang DiCHN
Match #3 Catherine FleuryFRA
Shido/Penalty (4:00)
Ileana BeltránCUB
Match #4 Xiomara GriffithVEN
Ippon/Tani-otoshi (0:19)
Zsuzsa NagyHUN

Semi-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Gu Hyeon-SukKOR
Yusei-gachi/Penalty (4:00)
Diane BellGBR
Match #2 Catherine FleuryFRA
Ippon/Kami-shiho-ashi (1:30)
Xiomara GriffithVEN

Final Round (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Catherine FleuryFRA
Ippon/Juji-gatame (2:12)
Gu Hyeon-SukKOR

Repêchage (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Zhang DiCHN
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/Kuchiki-taoshi (2:24)
Nicola MorrisNZL
Match #2 Zhang DiCHN
Yuko/O-uchi-gari (4:00)
Diane BellGBR
Match #3 Ileana BeltránCUB
Waza-ari/Sukui-nage (4:00)
Debbie Warren-JeansZIM
Match #4 Xiomara GriffithVEN
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Ileana BeltránCUB
Match #5 Zhang DiCHN
Yuko/Ko-uchi-gari (4:00)
Xiomara GriffithVEN
Match 3/4 Zhang DiCHN
Yuko/Sumi-otoshi (4:00)
Frauke EickhoffGER

Pool B (30 July 1992)

Round One (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Jenny GalNED
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (1:59)
Laurie PaceMLT
Match #2 Frauke EickhoffGER
Ippon/Kesa-gatame (0:47)
Yelena PetrovaEUN
Match #3 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Juji-gatame (0:50)
Thant Phyu PhyuMYA
Match #4 Miroslava JánošíkováTCH
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (1:56)
Felicité MakounawodeCAF
Match #5 Birgit BlumLIE
Koka/Ko-uchi-gari (4:00)
Lynn RoethkeUSA
Match #6 Begoña GómezESP
Yuko/Tani-otoshi (4:00)
Takako KobayashiJPN

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Frauke EickhoffGER
Waza-ari/Yoko-guruma (4:00)
Jenny GalNED
Match #2 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Tai-otoshi (0:10)
Gisela HämmerlingSUI
Match #3 Miroslava JánošíkováTCH
Koka/Sukui-nage (4:00)
Birgit BlumLIE
Match #4 Yael AradISR
Waza-ari/Uchi-mata (4:00)
Begoña GómezESP

Semi-Finals (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Frauke EickhoffGER
Waza-ari/O-uchi-gari (4:00)
Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Match #2 Yael AradISR
Waza-ari/Tomoe-nage (4:00)
Miroslava JánošíkováTCH

Final Round (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Yael AradISR
Waza-ari-wasete Ippon/Ko-uchi-gari (2:21)
Frauke EickhoffGER

Repêchage (30 July 1992)

Match #1 Yelena PetrovaEUN
Ippon/Sumi-gaeshi (2:15)
Jenny GalNED
Match #2 Yelena PetrovaEUN
Waza-ari/Uchi-mata (4:00)
Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Match #3 Begoña GómezESP
Yuko/Sukui-nage (4:00)
Miroslava JánošíkováTCH
Match #4 Yelena PetrovaEUN
Ippon/Kesa-gatame (1:07)
Begoña GómezESP
Match 3/4 Yelena PetrovaEUN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (2:38)
Gu Hyeon-SukKOR

Final Round (30 July 1992)

Match 1/2 Catherine FleuryFRA
Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Yael AradISR