| Event type

Middleweight (≤70 kilograms), Women

Date10 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants24 from 24 countries

Japan celebrated a clear sweep in the two middleweight judo events on the same day in Rio, with Haruka Tachimoto claiming the gold in the women’s 70 kg division and Mashu Baker in the men’s 90 kg division. For Tachimoto, Colombia’s triple World Champion Yuri Alvear was the woman she had to beat in front of what proved to be a “home crowd” for the South American. Being ranked a lowly 12, Tachimoto had to win some difficult fights in the elimination rounds. In her second bout she faced the top seed, and triple European Champion, Kim Polling from Netherlands and advanced into the next round by a Yuko in the Golden Score period. In the quarter-finals, she scored a Waza-ari against Canada’s Kelita Zupancic. In the semi-final, against eventual bronze medal winner Laura Vargas Koch from Germany, she had to go the full four minutes but held on to an advantage scored by a Waza-ari after 1:38 min. Although she had been penalized for non-combativity early in the fight Tachimoto came back, throwing Alvear with a Tani-otoshi (Valley drop) for a Waza-ari and pinned her on the ground for the required 20 seconds to score an Ippon (Full point) after 2:19 min. Second-seeded Alvear, bronze medalist in London 2012, was Colombia’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony in Rio. The two defeated semi-finalists, Vargas Koch and Britain’s Sally Conway, who eliminated reigning World Champion Gévrise Emane from France, claimed the two bronze medals. Mabika Yolande Bukasa, originally from Democratic Republic of Congo but in Rio representing the Refugee Olympic Team, had to leave the Olympic stage after just 1:03 min in her first bout losing by an Ippon.

1Haruka TachimotoJPNGold
2Yuri AlvearCOLSilver
=3Sally ConwayGBRBronze
=3Laura Vargas KochGERBronze
=5Bernadette GrafAUT
=5María BernabéuESP
=7Kelita ZupancicCAN
=7Linda BolderISR
=9Kim PollingNED
=9Esther StamGEO
=9Maria PortelaBRA
=9Antónia MoreiraANG
=9María PérezPUR
=9Katarzyna KlysPOL
=9Gévrise ÉmaneFRA
=9Kim Seong-YeonKOR
=17Zhou ChaoCHN
=17Tsend-Ayushiin NaranjargalMGL
=17Assmaa NiangMAR
=17Elvismar RodríguezVEN
=17Barbara MatićCRO
=17Gulnoza MatniyazovaUZB
=17Houda MiledTUN
=17Yolande BukasaROT

Round One (10 August 2016 — 10:00)

Winners advance to round two.

Match 1 Kim PollingNED bye
Match 2 Haruka TachimotoJPN Zhou ChaoCHN 1000/0000 KEG 0:46
Match 3 Kelita ZupancicCAN bye
Match 4 Esther StamGEO Tsend-Ayushiin NaranjargalMGL 0113/0000 SON 4:00
Match 5 Bernadette GrafAUT bye
Match 6 Maria PortelaBRA Assmaa NiangMAR 0012/0002 ISN 0:29 GS
Match 7 Laura Vargas KochGER bye
Match 8 Antónia MoreiraANG Elvismar RodríguezVEN 1000/0000 KSK 2:35
Match 9 Yuri AlvearCOL bye
Match 10 María PérezPUR Barbara MatićCRO 0112/0000 STG 4:00
Match 11 María BernabéuESP bye
Match 12 Katarzyna KlysPOL Gulnoza MatniyazovaUZB 0001/0002 P29 2:28 GS
Match 13 Gévrise ÉmaneFRA bye
Match 14 Sally ConwayGBR Houda MiledTUN 1000/0000 JGT 0:57
Match 15 Kim Seong-YeonKOR bye
Match 16 Linda BolderISR Yolande BukasaROT 1100/0000 SAJ 1:03

Round Two (10 August 2016)

Winners advance to quarter-finals.

Match 1 Haruka TachimotoJPN Kim PollingNED 0010/0020 OSG 1:33 GS
Match 2 Kelita ZupancicCAN Esther StamGEO 0000/0001 P12 4:00
Match 3 Bernadette GrafAUT Maria PortelaBRA 0001/0002 P99 0:13 GS
Match 4 Laura Vargas KochGER Antónia MoreiraANG 1000/000H P21 2:48
Match 5 Yuri AlvearCOL María PérezPUR 0002/0003 P05 1:19 GS
Match 6 María BernabéuESP Katarzyna KlysPOL 0000/0001 P12 4:00
Match 7 Sally ConwayGBR Gévrise ÉmaneFRA 1001/0010 KSH 3:33
Match 8 Linda BolderISR Kim Seong-YeonKOR 0101/0001 KGU 0:16 GS

Quarter-Finals (10 August 2016)

Winners advance to semi-finals. Losers advance to repêchage for bronze medal tournament.

Match 1 Haruka TachimotoJPN Kelita ZupancicCAN 0100/0000 TNO 0:28 GS
Match 2 Laura Vargas KochGER Bernadette GrafAUT 1000/0000 SMK 1:19
Match 3 Yuri AlvearCOL María BernabéuESP 1000/0000 TNO 1:57
Match 4 Sally ConwayGBR Linda BolderISR 1000/0001 STA 2:51

Repêchage (10 August 2016)

Winners advance to bronze medal matches.

Match 1 Bernadette GrafAUT Kelita ZupancicCAN 0000/0100 TNO 4:00
Match 2 María BernabéuESP Linda BolderISR 0000/0001 P29 4:00

Semi-Finals (10 August 2016)

Winners advance to gold medal final. Losers advance to bronze medal matches.

Match 1 Haruka TachimotoJPN Laura Vargas KochGER 0102/0000 OSG 4:00
Match 2 Yuri AlvearCOL Sally ConwayGBR 0100/0000 KOU 0:42 GS

Final Round (10 August 2016)

Match 3/5 Sally ConwayGBR Bernadette GrafAUT 0012/0000 KOU 4:00
Match 3/5 Laura Vargas KochGER María BernabéuESP 0100/0000 KUG 1:03 GS
Match 1/2 Haruka TachimotoJPN Yuri AlvearCOL 1001/0000 YSG 2:19