|Date||7 August 2016|
|Location||Arena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro|
|Participants||21 from 21 countries|
Even though Majlinda Kelmendi was second of the ranking list, and was World Champion in 2013 and 2014, her victory in the women’s 52 kg class still made headlines. Born an ethnic Albanian in Kosovo, when it was still part of Serbia, she had to compete for Albania in 2012. Alhough still not recognized by many countries after declaring independence, the NOC of Kosovo was acknowledged by the IOC in 2014. This paved the way for Kelmendi to compete for her home country. Her gold medal was Kosovo’s first Olympic medal of any colour.
Early in the competition, she met Christianne Legentil from Mauritius, to whom she had lost in 2012. Again she had to struggle, but eventually defeated the African on penalties. In the semi-final Kelmendi had another tough fight, when she edged out three-time World Champion Misato Nakamura by just one penalty. In the final against Italy’s Odette Giuffrida she scored a Yuko after 29 seconds, which was enough to clinch the gold. Giuffrida’s silver came as a bigger surprise than Kelmendi’s gold. Her only previous international medal was a bronze at the 2015 European Games, but she advanced to the Rio final after defeating the top ranked Romanian Andreea Chițu. As at Beijing in 2008, Nakamura had to take consolation with a bronze medal alongside Russian Nataliya Kuzyutina. In the elimination round, Nakamura defeated Kuzyutina in the longest bout with an Ippon (full point) 3:39 minutes into the Golden Score period.
Allegations were raised that Joud Fahmy of Saudi Arabia deliberately forfeited her first-round match against Legentil to avoid meeting Israeli Gili Cohen in the second round. These were rejected by Saudi Arabian officials stating that Fahmy was injured and advised by medical staff not to compete.
Winners advance to round two.
|Match 1||Andreea Chițu||ROU||bye|
|Match 2||Laura Gómez||ESP||Gülbadam Babamyradowa||TKM||1011/0000 TSG 4:00|
|Match 3||Odette Giuffrida||ITA||bye|
|Match 4||Mareen Kräh||GER||Daria Skrypnik||BLR||0112/0012 UMA 4:00|
|Match 5||Érika Miranda||BRA||bye|
|Match 6||Hela Ayari||TUN||bye|
|Match 7||Ma Yingnan||CHN||bye|
|Match 8||Joana Ramos||POR||Antoinette Gasongo||BDI||1020/0000 KKE 1:33|
|Match 9||Majlinda Kelmendi||KOS||bye|
|Match 10||Evelyne Tschopp||SUI||Priscilla Gneto||FRA||1001/000H P21 1:28|
|Match 11||Gili Cohen||ISR||bye|
|Match 12||Christianne Legentil||MRI||Joud Fahmy||KSA||1000/––– FUS 0:00|
|Match 13||Misato Nakamura||JPN||bye|
|Match 14||Adiyasambuu Tsolmon||MGL||Angelica Delgado||USA||0102/0030 TNO 4:00|
|Match 15||Nataliya Kuzyutina||RUS||bye|
|Match 16||Ecaterina Guica||CAN||bye|
Winners advance to quarter-finals.
|Match 1||Andreea Chițu||ROU||Laura Gómez||ESP||1010/0000 SMK 2:09|
|Match 2||Odette Giuffrida||ITA||Mareen Kräh||GER||0013/0001 TNO 4:00|
|Match 3||Érika Miranda||BRA||Hela Ayari||TUN||1001/0001 YSG 1:44|
|Match 4||Ma Yingnan||CHN||Joana Ramos||POR||1000/0000 YSG 3:04|
|Match 5||Majlinda Kelmendi||KOS||Evelyne Tschopp||SUI||1000/0000 UMA 0:25|
|Match 6||Christianne Legentil||MRI||Gili Cohen||ISR||0012/0000 ISN 4:00|
|Match 7||Misato Nakamura||JPN||Adiyasambuu Tsolmon||MGL||1000/0000 YSG 2:19|
|Match 8||Nataliya Kuzyutina||RUS||Ecaterina Guica||CAN||0020/0001 ISN 4:00|
Winners advance to semi-finals. Losers advance to repêchage for bronze medal tournament.
|Match 1||Odette Giuffrida||ITA||Andreea Chițu||ROU||0012/0000 DAB 4:00|
|Match 2||Ma Yingnan||CHN||Érika Miranda||BRA||0101/0000 OUG 4:00|
|Match 3||Majlinda Kelmendi||KOS||Christianne Legentil||MRI||0001/0003 P29 4:00|
|Match 4||Misato Nakamura||JPN||Nataliya Kuzyutina||RUS||1000/0000 UGA 3:39 GS|
Winners advance to bronze medal matches.
|Match 1||Érika Miranda||BRA||Andreea Chițu||ROU||1001/0100 UMA 3:32|
|Match 2||Nataliya Kuzyutina||RUS||Christianne Legentil||MRI||1002/0003 TSG 4:00|
Winners advance to gold medal final. Losers advance to bronze medal matches.
|Match 1||Odette Giuffrida||ITA||Ma Yingnan||CHN||0000/0001 P29 4:00|
|Match 2||Majlinda Kelmendi||KOS||Misato Nakamura||JPN||0000/0001 P05 4:00|
|Match 3/5||Misato Nakamura||JPN||Érika Miranda||BRA||0011/0001 OUG 2:20 GS|
|Match 3/5||Nataliya Kuzyutina||RUS||Ma Yingnan||CHN||1000/0001 TSG 2:37|
|Match 1/2||Majlinda Kelmendi||KOS||Odette Giuffrida||ITA||0011/0000 UMA 4:00|