| Event type

Lightweight (≤57 kilograms), Women

Date26 July 2021
LocationNippon Budokan, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Participants25 from 25 countries

The lightweight division was yet another class with the four top seeded judoka sharing the medals. After two convincing victories in the first two rounds, the favourite and top seed Canadian Jessica Klimkait, world champion in 2021, met third seed Sarah-Léonie Cysique from the Caribbean island Guadeloupe in the semi-final. After seven minutes, both had been loaded with two Shidos (penalties), Cysique for non-combativity and Klimkait for feigned attacks. At 7:10 Klimkait received her third Shido for false attack, automatically giving an Ippon (full point) to Cysique, who advanced to the final. In the other table, second seed Nora Gjakova from Kosovo faced one of most highly decorated lightweights of the last five years, Tsukasa Yoshida, world champion in 2018 and world runner-up in 2017 and 2019, and World Masters winner in 2018 and 2021. Gjakova, bronze medallist at the 2021 World Championships and the 2018 European Champion, represented Albania until Kosovo was recognized at international level. She scored the first Waza-ari (half point) applying a Ko-soto-gake (minor outer hook) giving her the victory in Golden Score. Her brother Akil competed in the men’s lightweight at the same time but missed out on a medal.

The final between Gjakova and Cysique ended after 2:45 min with a major upset. Cysique was penalized by a Hansoku-make for a banned head dive using the head to avoid a fall. This was equivalent of an Ippon for Gjakova, and her immediate victory. The two women defeated in the semi-finals, Klimkait and Yoshida, made their way through the repêchage to claim bronze.

1Nora GjakovaKOSGold
2Sarah-Léonie CysiqueFRASilver
=3Tsukasa YoshidaJPNBronze
=3Jessica KlimkaitCANBronze
=5Eteri LipartelianiGEO
=5Kaja KajzerSLO
=7Julia KowalczykPOL
=7Timna Nelson LevyISR
=9Ivelina IlievaBUL
=9Lu TongjuanCHN
=9Theresa StollGER
=9Kim Ji-SuKOR
=9Sanne VerhagenNED
=9Telma MonteiroPOR
=9Marica PerišićSRB
=9Lien Chen-LingTPE
=17Diassonema MucunguiANG
=17Sabrina FilzmoserAUT
=17Zouleiha Abzetta DabonneCIV
=17Sanda Al-DassEOR
=17Hedvig KarakasHUN
=17Dorjsürengiin SumyaaMGL
=17Miryam RoperPAN
=17Darya MezhetskayaROC
=17Ghofran KhelifiTUN

Round One

Date26 July 2021 — 11:00
FormatWinners advance to round two.
Match #126 Jul 11:00Jessica KlimkaitCANbye
Match #226 Jul 11:06Mat 1Ivelina IlievaBULIpponGhofran KhelifiTUN
Match #326 Jul 11:12Mat 1Telma MonteiroPORIpponZouleiha Abzetta DabonneCIV
Match #426 Jul 11:18Mat 1Julia KowalczykPOLWaza-ariHedvig KarakasHUN
Match #526 Jul 11:24Sarah-Léonie CysiqueFRAbye
Match #626 Jul 11:30Mat 1Kim Ji-SuKORIpponMiryam RoperPAN
Match #726 Jul 11:36Theresa StollGERbye
Match #826 Jul 11:42Mat 1Eteri LipartelianiGEOIpponDiassonema MucunguiANG
Match #926 Jul 11:48Tsukasa YoshidaJPNbye
Match #1026 JulMat 1Lu TongjuanCHNIpponDarya MezhetskayaROC
Match #1126 JulTimna Nelson LevyISRbye
Match #1226 JulMat 1Marica PerišićSRBIpponSanda Al-DassEOR
Match #1326 JulNora GjakovaKOSbye
Match #1426 JulMat 1Sanne VerhagenNEDIpponSabrina FilzmoserAUT
Match #1526 JulLien Chen-LingTPEbye
Match #1626 JulMat 1Kaja KajzerSLOWaza-ariDorjsürengiin SumyaaMGL

Round Two

Date26 July 2021 — 11:54
FormatWinners advance to quarter-finals.
Match #126 Jul 11:54Mat 1Jessica KlimkaitCANIpponIvelina IlievaBUL
Match #226 Jul 12:00Mat 1Julia KowalczykPOLIpponTelma MonteiroPOR
Match #326 Jul 12:06Mat 1Sarah-Léonie CysiqueFRAWaza-ariKim Ji-SuKOR
Match #426 Jul 12:12Mat 1Eteri LipartelianiGEOIpponTheresa StollGER
Match #526 Jul 12:18Mat 1Tsukasa YoshidaJPNIpponLu TongjuanCHN
Match #626 Jul 12:24Mat 1Timna Nelson LevyISRIpponMarica PerišićSRB
Match #726 Jul 12:40Mat 1Nora GjakovaKOSWaza-ariSanne VerhagenNED
Match #826 Jul 12:46Mat 1Kaja KajzerSLOIpponLien Chen-LingTPE


Date26 July 2021 — 12:52
FormatWinners advance to semi-finals. Losers advance to repêchage for bronze medal tournament.
Match #126 Jul 12:52Mat 1Jessica KlimkaitCANIpponJulia KowalczykPOL
Match #226 Jul 12:58Mat 1Sarah-Léonie CysiqueFRAIpponEteri LipartelianiGEO
Match #326 Jul 13:04Mat 1Tsukasa YoshidaJPNWaza-ariTimna Nelson LevyISR
Match #426 Jul 13:10Mat 1Nora GjakovaKOSIpponKaja KajzerSLO


Date26 July 2021 — 17:00
FormatWinners advance to bronze medal matches.
Match #126 Jul 17:00Mat 1Eteri LipartelianiGEOWaza-ariJulia KowalczykPOL
Match #226 Jul 17:08Mat 1Kaja KajzerSLOIpponTimna Nelson LevyISR


Date26 July 2021 — 17:17
FormatWinners advance to gold medal final. Losers advance to bronze medal matches.
Match #126 Jul 17:25Mat 1Sarah-Léonie CysiqueFRAIpponJessica KlimkaitCAN
Match #226 Jul 17:17Mat 1Nora GjakovaKOSWaza-ariTsukasa YoshidaJPN

Final Round

Date26 July 2021 — 18:18
Match 3/526 Jul 18:18Mat 1Tsukasa YoshidaJPNIpponEteri LipartelianiGEO
Match 3/526 Jul 18:28Mat 1Jessica KlimkaitCANWaza-ariKaja KajzerSLO
Match 1/226 Jul 18:38Mat 1Nora GjakovaKOSIpponSarah-Léonie CysiqueFRA