| Event type

Half-Lightweight (≤52 kilograms), Women

Date26 September 1988
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationJang-chung Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul
Participants8 from 8 countries

At the 1986 and 1987 World Championships, France’s Dominique Brun and Great Britain’s Sharon Rendle had both won a gold and bronze medal, Brun winning gold in 1986 and Rendle in 1987. Also considered a challenger was Japan’s Kaori Yamaguchi, who was silver medalist in this class at the World Championships in 1980, 1982, 1986, and 1987, and who had won the title in 1984. Brun and Yamaguchi met in the final of the A Pool, with Brun winning by koka, while Rendle advanced easily through the B Pool. Thus the final matched the last two world champions and in a closely fought match, Rendle triumphed by yusei-gachi. She then broke judo protocol by racing off the mat and throwing herself into the arms of her foster parents. Rendle would return in 1992 at Barcelona to win a bronze medal, and she was again world champion in 1989. Yamaguchi held on to make the podium by winning her pool repêchage.

1Sharon RendleGBR
2Dominique BrunFRA
=3Kaori YamaguchiJPN
=3Alessandra GiungiITA
=5Khadija HaouatiMAR
=5Ok Kyung-SookKOR
=7Lisa BoscarinoPUR
=7Cathy GraingerAUS

Round One (26 September 1988)

Match #1 Kaori YamaguchiJPN
Waza-Ari-Awasete Ippon (3:16)
Lisa BoscarinoPUR
Match #2 Dominique BrunFRA
Ippon (1:01)
Khadija HaouatiMAR
Match #3 Alessandra GiungiITA
Cathy GraingerAUS
Match #4 Sharon RendleGBR
Ippon (0:14)
Ok Kyung-SookKOR

Semi-Finals (26 September 1988)

Match #1 Dominique BrunFRA
Kaori YamaguchiJPN
Match #2 Sharon RendleGBR
Alessandra GiungiITA

Repêchage (26 September 1988)

Match #1 Kaori YamaguchiJPN
Ippon (0:19)
Khadija HaouatiMAR
Match #2 Alessandra GiungiITA
Ok Kyung-SookKOR

Final Round (26 September 1988)

Match 1/2 Sharon RendleGBR
Dominique BrunFRA