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Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms), Women

Date19 September 2000 — 15:00-18:30-20:30-22:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales (Hall 1 & 2)
Participants22 from 22 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.

Several women were considered to have a chance for gold. France’s Severine Vandenhende was the 1997 World Champion, while Japan’s Keiko Maeda had won that title in 1999. Belgium’s Gella Vandecaveye had been silver medalist in 1996 and was a three-time European Champion. Maeda went out early, upset by American Celita Schutz. Vandecaveye was upset in the other pool by China’s Li Shufang, who advanced to the final against Vandenhende. The final was a tense, closely fought match, with Vandenhende winning the hantei for the gold medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Séverine VandenhendeFRAGold
2Li ShufangCHNSilver
=3Gella VandecaveyeBELBronze
=3Jeong Seong-SukKORBronze
=5Anja von RekowskiGER
=5Jenny GalITA
=7Saida DhahriTUN
=7Vânia IshiiBRA
=9Anna SarayevaRUS
=9Celita SchutzUSA
=9Karen RobertsGBR
=9Olga ArtamonovaKGZ
=13Sophie RobergeCAN
ACBilkisu YusufNGR
ACCarly DixonAUS
ACDaniëlle VriezemaNED
ACEleucadia VargasDOM
ACEszter CsizmadiaHUN
ACJi Kyong-SunPRK
ACKeiko MaedaJPN
ACKenia RodríguezCUB
ACSara ÁlvarezESP

Pool A (19 September 2000)

Round One (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Olga ArtamonovaKGZ
Ippon/Okuri-eri-jime (2:15)
Carly DixonAUS
Match #2 Ji Kyong-SunPRK
Ippon/Hansoku-make/Non-Combativity (3:48)
Eleucadia VargasDOM
Match #3 Vânia IshiiBRA
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (2:12)
Daniëlle VriezemaNED

Quarter-Finals (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Li ShufangCHN
Waza-ari/Ashi-garami (4:00)
Olga ArtamonovaKGZ
Match #2 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Ushiro-kesa-gatame (2:46)
Ji Kyong-SunPRK
Match #3 Vânia IshiiBRA
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (3:36)
Sara ÁlvarezESP
Match #4 Jenny GalITA
Yuko/Non-Combativity (4:00)
Anna SarayevaRUS

Semi-Finals (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Li ShufangCHN
Hantei/Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Match #2 Jenny GalITA
Yuko/Seoi-otoshi (4:00)
Vânia IshiiBRA

Final Round (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Li ShufangCHN
Hantei/Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Jenny GalITA

Repêchage (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Seukui-nage (0:42)
Olga ArtamonovaKGZ
Match #2 Vânia IshiiBRA
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (4:07)
Anna SarayevaRUS
Match #3 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (2:38)
Vânia IshiiBRA
Match 3/4 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (3:07)
Anja von RekowskiGER

Pool B (19 September 2000)

Round One (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Kenia RodríguezCUB
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Kesa-gatame (1:00)
Bilkisu YusufNGR
Match #2 Celita SchutzUSA
Ippon/O-uchi-gari (0:30)
Eszter CsizmadiaHUN
Match #3 Séverine VandenhendeFRA
Ippon/Ura-nage (3:02)
Jeong Seong-SukKOR

Quarter-Finals (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Anja von RekowskiGER
Yuko (2)/Ura-nage (4:00)
Saida DhahriTUN
Match #2 Karen RobertsGBR
Koka/Seoi-nage (4:00)
Kenia RodríguezCUB
Match #3 Celita SchutzUSA
Waza-ari/Ko-uchi-makikomi (4:00)
Keiko MaedaJPN
Match #4 Séverine VandenhendeFRA
Ippon/Uchi-mata-sukashi (0:48)
Sophie RobergeCAN

Semi-Finals (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Anja von RekowskiGER
Hantei/Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Karen RobertsGBR
Match #2 Séverine VandenhendeFRA
Ippon/Ura-nage (2:05)
Celita SchutzUSA

Final Round (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Séverine VandenhendeFRA
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Sumi-gaeshi (3:49)
Anja von RekowskiGER

Repêchage (19 September 2000)

Match #1 Saida DhahriTUN
Ippon/Kusure-kesa-gatame (2:10)
Karen RobertsGBR
Match #2 Jeong Seong-SukKOR
Ippon/Uchi-mata (3:24)
Sophie RobergeCAN
Match #3 Jeong Seong-SukKOR
Yuko/Non-Combativity (4:00)
Celita SchutzUSA
Match #4 Jeong Seong-SukKOR
Koka/Uchi-makikomi (4:00)
Saida DhahriTUN
Match 3/4 Jeong Seong-SukKOR
Hantei/Yusei-gachi (4:00)
Jenny GalITA

Final Round (19 September 2000)

Match 1/2 Séverine VandenhendeFRA
Yuko/False-Attack (4:00)
Li ShufangCHN