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Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms), Women

Date17 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Gymnastirio Ano Liosion, Ano Liossia
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.

This was one class which definitely did not proceed as expected. The contenders were Gella Vandecaveye (BEL), the 2001 World Champion; Daniela Krukower (ARG), the 2003 World Champion; and Driulys González (CUB), three-time Olympic medalist in the lightweight class. But of those, only González would win a medal and that only a bronze. Ayumi Tanimoto of Japan was not considered a favorite, despite winning the 2001 Asian Games, but she kept winning her pool matches by ippon, including the pool final over Krukower. The other finalist was Austrian Claudia Heill, a three-time medalist at the European Championships but never a winner. In the final, Tanimoto continued her dominance, throwing Heill for ippon in only 1:17. Though she did not win any World Championship titles, Tanimoto would return in 2008 to defend her gold medal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ayumi TanimotoJPNGold
2Claudia HeillAUTSilver
=3Urška ŽolnirSLOBronze
=3Driulys GonzálezCUBBronze
=5Daniela KrukowerARG
=5Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN
=7Lucie DécosseFRA
=7Hong Ok-SongPRK
ACSara ÁlvarezESP
ACSarah ClarkGBR
ACSaida DhahriTUN
ACCarly DixonAUS
ACVânia IshiiBRA
ACLee Bok-HuiKOR
ACLi ShufangCHN
ACDiana MazaECU
ACHenriëtte MöllerRSA
ACRonda RouseyUSA
ACYlenia ScapinITA
ACEleni TabasiGRE
ACGella VandecaveyeBEL
ACAnna von HarnierGER

Pool A (17 August 2004)

Round One (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Ayumi TanimotoJPN
Ippon/Tate-shiho-gatame (1:49)
Saida DhahriTUN
Match #2 Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (4:24)
Anna von HarnierGER
Match #3 Lucie DécosseFRA
Ippon/Ippon/Seoi-nage (2:26)
Sara ÁlvarezESP

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Ayumi TanimotoJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:15)
Diana MazaECU
Match #2 Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN
Yuko/Seoi-nage (4:00/0:32) Golden Score
Li ShufangCHN
Match #3 Daniela KrukowerARG
Koka/Tani-otoshi (4:00/1:15) Golden Score
Lee Bok-HuiKOR
Match #4 Lucie DécosseFRA
Ippon/O-soto-gari (2:48)
Carly DixonAUS

Semi-Finals (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Ayumi TanimotoJPN
Ippon/Uchi-mata (0:17)
Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN
Match #2 Daniela KrukowerARG
Koka/Hiki-komi-gaeshi (4:00/1:32) Golden Score
Lucie DécosseFRA

Final Round (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Ayumi TanimotoJPN
Kiken-gachi/Kusure-kesa-gatame
Daniela KrukowerARG

Repêchage (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Saida DhahriTUN
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (3:18)
Diana MazaECU
Match #2 Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (1:32)
Saida DhahriTUN
Match #3 Lucie DécosseFRA
Waza-ari/Kuchiki-taoshi (5:00)
Lee Bok-HuiKOR
Match #4 Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (3:39)
Lucie DécosseFRA
Match 3/4 Urška ŽolnirSLO
Waza-ari/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Marie-Hélène ChisholmCAN

Pool B (17 August 2004)

Round One (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Hong Ok-SongPRK
Koka/Ko-uchi-gari (4:00/1:36) Golden Score
Ylenia ScapinITA
Match #2 Claudia HeillAUT
Yuko/Ko-soto-gari (5:00)
Ronda RouseyUSA
Match #3 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Sukui-nage (0:44)
Vânia IshiiBRA

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Hong Ok-SongPRK
Ippon/Ippon/Seoi-nage (1:22)
Henriëtte MöllerRSA
Match #2 Claudia HeillAUT
Ippon/Ko-uchi-gari (1:54)
Sarah ClarkGBR
Match #3 Urška ŽolnirSLO
Yuko/False-Attack (5:00)
Driulys GonzálezCUB
Match #4 Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Ippon/Kusure-kami-shiho-gatame (3:22)
Eleni TabasiGRE

Semi-Finals (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Claudia HeillAUT
Waza-ari/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Hong Ok-SongPRK
Match #2 Urška ŽolnirSLO
Ippon/Sukui-nage (2:18)
Gella VandecaveyeBEL

Final Round (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Claudia HeillAUT
Ippon/Non-Combativity (5:00)
Urška ŽolnirSLO

Repêchage (17 August 2004)

Match #1 Ronda RouseyUSA
Ippon/Kata-gatame (2:40)
Sarah ClarkGBR
Match #2 Hong Ok-SongPRK
Yuko/Sumi-otoshi (5:00)
Ronda RouseyUSA
Match #3 Driulys GonzálezCUB
Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (0:35)
Gella VandecaveyeBEL
Match #4 Driulys GonzálezCUB
Ippon/Kesa-gatame (0:58)
Hong Ok-SongPRK
Match 3/4 Driulys GonzálezCUB bye

Final Round (17 August 2004)

Match 1/2 Ayumi TanimotoJPN
Waza-ari awasete Ippon/Yoko-shiho-gatame (1:17)
Claudia HeillAUT