Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's 52 kg

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Women's 52 kg
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
VenueGeorgia World Congress Center
Date25 July
Competitors21 from 21 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Marie-Claire Restoux  France
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Hyun Sook-hee  South Korea
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Noriko Sugawara  Japan
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Legna Verdecia  Cuba
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These are the results of the women's 52 kg (also known as half lightweight) competition in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 21 women competed in this event, limited to jūdōka whose body weight was less than, or equal to, 61 kilograms. Competition took place on July 23 of 1996 in the Georgia World Congress Center.[1]


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
 Ewa Larysa Krause (POL) W
 Sharon Rendle (GBR) L  Lynda Mekzine (ALG) L
 Lynda Mekzine (ALG) W  Ewa-Larysa Krause (POL) W
 Almudena Muñoz (ESP) L
 Almudena Muñoz (ESP) W
 Isabelle Schmutz (SUI) L  Marina Kovrigina (RUS) L
 Marina Kovrigina (RUS) W  Ewa-Larysa Krause (POL) L
 Marie-Claire Restoux (FRA) W
 Katty Santaella (VEN) L
 Heidi Goossens (BEL) L  Marisa Pedulla (USA) W
 Marisa Pedulla (USA) W  Marisa Pedulla (USA) L
 Marie-Claire Restoux (FRA) W
 Cathy Brain-Grainger (AUS) L
 Marie-Claire Restoux (FRA) W
 Marie-Claire Restoux (FRA) W
 Hyun Sook-hee (KOR) L
 Carolina Mariani (ARG) W
 Nathalie Gosselin (CAN) L
 Carolina Mariani (ARG) L
 Hyun Sook-hee (KOR) W
 Tseng Hsiao-fen (TPE) L
 Hyun Sook-hee (KOR) W  Hyun Sook-hee (KOR) W
 Alessandra Giungi (ITA) L  Hyun Sook-hee (KOR) W
 Legna Verdecia (CUB) L
 Alexa von Schwichow (GER) L
 Legna Verdecia (CUB) W
 Legna Verdecia (CUB) W
 Noriko Sugawara (JPN) W  Noriko Sugawara (JPN) L
 Wang Jin (CHN) L  Noriko Sugawara (JPN) W
 Sunith Thakur (IND) L


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
     Lynda Mekzine (ALG) L        Legna Verdecia (CUB) W
       Almudena Muñoz (ESP) W          Almudena Muñoz (ESP) L
         Almudena Muñoz (ESP) W
     Marisa Pedulla (USA) L  
     Marisa Pedulla (USA) W
       Cathy Brain-Grainger (AUS) L  
     Carolina Mariani (ARG) W        Ewa-Larysa Krause (POL) L
 Tseng Hsiao-fen (TPE) L      Alessandra Giungi (ITA) L          Noriko Sugawara (JPN) W
 Alessandra Giungi (ITA) W        Carolina Mariani (ARG) L
     Noriko Sugawara (JPN) W  
     Alexa von Schwichow (GER) L
       Noriko Sugawara (JPN) W  


  1. ^ "Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's Half-Lightweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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