Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's 48 kg

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Women's 48 kg
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
VenueGeorgia World Congress Center
Date26 July
Competitors23 from 23 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Kye Sun-hui  North Korea
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ryoko Tamura  Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Amarilys Savón  Cuba
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yolanda Soler  Spain
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A total number of 23 women competed in this event, limited to judoka whose body weight was less than, or equal to, 48 kilograms. Competition took place on 1996-07-26 in the Georgia World Congress Center.[1]

Kye Sun-Hui surprised spectators by winning gold. She had obtained a wildcard entry to the Games, and was virtually unknown on the international stage.[2]


The gold and silver medalists were determined by the final match of the main single-elimination bracket.

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal final
 Tina Kirkman (AUS) L
 Yu Shu-chen (TPE) W  Shu-Chen Yu (TPE) L
 Hillary Wolf (USA) W
 Amarilis Savon (CUB) W
 Hülya Şenyurt (TUR) L  Hillary Wolf (USA) L
 Salima Souakri (ALG) W  Salima Souakri (ALG) L
 Amarilys Savón (CUB) W
 Amarilys Savón (CUB) L
 Giovanna Tortora (ITA) W  Ryoko Tamura (JPN) W
 Andrea Berti (BRA) L  Giovanna Tortora (ITA) W
 Galina Atayeva (TKM) L
 Ryoko Tamura (JPN) W
 Giovanna Tortora (ITA) L
 Dora Maldonado (HON) L
 Ryoko Tamura (JPN) W  Ryoko Tamura (JPN) W
 Tatiana Moskvina (BLR) L  Ryoko Tamura (JPN) L
 Sun Hui Kye (PRK) W
 Cao Ngọc Phương Trịnh (VIE) L
 Aiyue Li (CHN) L  Sarah Nichilo (FRA) W
 Sarah Nichilo-Rosso (FRA) W  Sarah Nichilo (FRA) L
 Tamara Meijer (NED) W  Sun Hui Kye (PRK) W
 Nataliya Kuligina (KGZ) L  Tamara Meijer (NED) L
 Sun Hui Kye (PRK) W
 Sun Hui Kye (PRK) W
 Yolanda Soler (ESP) L
 Jana Perlberg (GER) L
 Małgorzata Roszkowska (POL) W
 Małgorzata Roszkowska (POL) L
 Yolanda Soler (ESP) W
 Joyce Heron (GBR) L
 Carolyne Lepage (CAN) L  Yolanda Soler (ESP) W
 Yolanda Soler (ESP) W


The losing semifinalists as well as those judoka eliminated in earlier rounds by the four semifinalists of the main bracket advanced to the repechage. These matches determined the two bronze medalists for the event.

First round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Bronze medal finals
     Salima Souakri (ALG) W        Salima Souakri (ALG) L
Bye      Hillary Wolf (USA) L          Yolanda Soler (ESP) W
 Salima Souakri (ALG) W        Salima Souakri (ALG) W
     Tatiana Moskvina (BLR) L  
     Tatiana Moskvina (BLR) W
 Tatiana Moskvina (BLR) W      Giovanna Tortora (ITA) L  
 Dora Maldonado (HON) L  
     Tamara Meijer (NED) L        Sarah Nichilo (FRA) L
Bye L      Sarah Nichilo (FRA) W          Amarilys Savón (CUB) W
 Tamara Meijer (NED) W        Sarah Nichilo (FRA) W
     Małgorzata Roszkowska (POL) L  
     Joyce Heron (GBR) L
 Joyce Heron (GBR) W      Małgorzata Roszkowska (POL) W  
 Carolyne Lepage (CAN) L  


  1. ^ "Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's Extra-Lightweight". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Official website of the Beijing Olympic Games Archived 2008-08-01 at the Wayback Machine