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Half-Middleweight (≤63 kilograms), Women

Date12 August 2008 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
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.

Japan’s Ayumi Tanimoto was the defending gold medalist. Since Athina, she had placed second at the 2005 World Championships and third at the 2007 Worlds. The 2005 title had been won by France’s Lucie Décosse, who placed second in 2007 to the well-known Cuban international Driulys González. All three were considered contenders for the gold in Beijing but in the end it was all Tanimoto. She won all her matches by ippon, including the pool final over González and the class final over Décosse. She noted, “Winning games by ippon is my fighting style so I kept staying with it.” González went to the bronze medal match but lost to Elisabeth Willeboordse of the Netherlands, the 2005 European Champion. The other bronze went to Won Ok-Im of DPR Korea, whose only previous international medal had come at the 2006 Asian Games, a bronze.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ayumi TanimotoJPNGold
2Lucie DécosseFRASilver
=3Elisabeth WilleboordseNEDBronze
=3Won Ok-ImPRKBronze
=5Driulys GonzálezCUB
=5Claudia HeillAUT
=7Ysis BarretoVEN
=7Urška ŽolnirSLO
=9Gong Ja-YeongKOR
=9Daniela KrukowerARG
=9Anna von HarnierGER
=9Wang Chin-FangTPE
13Alice SchlesingerISR
=14Kahina SaidiALG
=14Devu ThapaNEP
=14Tümen-Odyn BattögsMGL
=14Xu YuhuaCHN
=18Silulu A'etonuASA
=18Cath ArloveAUS
=18Danielli BarbosaBRA
=18Marcon BezzinaMLT
=18Sarah ClarkGBR
=18Cécile HaneSEN
=18Vera KovalRUS
=18Johanna YlinenFIN

Pool A (12 August 2008)

Round One (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Anna von HarnierGER Silulu A'etonuASA
Match #2 Lucie DécosseFRA Urška ŽolnirSLO
Match #3 Kahina SaidiALG Marcon BezzinaMLT
Match #4 Elisabeth WilleboordseNED Vera KovalRUS
Match #5 Daniela KrukowerARG Cath ArloveAUS

Round One (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Claudia HeillAUT Sarah ClarkGBR
Match #2 Wang Chin-FangTPE Johanna YlinenFIN
Match #3 Ysis BarretoVEN Cécile HaneSEN
Match #4 Gong Ja-YeongKOR Danielli BarbosaBRA

Quarter-Finals (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Anna von HarnierGER Tümen-Odyn BattögsMGL
Match #2 Lucie DécosseFRA Alice SchlesingerISR
Match #3 Elisabeth WilleboordseNED Kahina SaidiALG
Match #4 Won Ok-ImPRK Daniela KrukowerARG

Pool B (12 August 2008)

Quarter-Finals (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Driulys GonzálezCUB Claudia HeillAUT
Match #2 Wang Chin-FangTPE Devu ThapaNEP
Match #3 Ayumi TanimotoJPN Ysis BarretoVEN
Match #4 Gong Ja-YeongKOR Xu YuhuaCHN

Final Round (12 August 2008)

Match 1/2 Ayumi TanimotoJPN Lucie DécosseFRA

Semi-Finals (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Lucie DécosseFRA Anna von HarnierGER
Match #2 Won Ok-ImPRK Elisabeth WilleboordseNED

Semi-Finals (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Driulys GonzálezCUB Wang Chin-FangTPE
Match #2 Ayumi TanimotoJPN Gong Ja-YeongKOR

Final Round (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Lucie DécosseFRA Won Ok-ImPRK

Final Round (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Ayumi TanimotoJPN Driulys GonzálezCUB

Repêchage (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Urška ŽolnirSLO Alice SchlesingerISR
Match #2 Urška ŽolnirSLO Anna von HarnierGER
Match #3 Elisabeth WilleboordseNED Daniela KrukowerARG
Match #4 Elisabeth WilleboordseNED Urška ŽolnirSLO
Match 3/4 Elisabeth WilleboordseNED Driulys GonzálezCUB

Repêchage (12 August 2008)

Match #1 Claudia HeillAUT Wang Chin-FangTPE
Match #2 Ysis BarretoVEN Gong Ja-YeongKOR
Match #3 Claudia HeillAUT Ysis BarretoVEN
Match 3/4 Won Ok-ImPRK Claudia HeillAUT