Judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women's 61 kg

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Women's 61 kg
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
VenueGeorgia World Congress Center
Date23 July
Competitors24 from 24 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Yuko Emoto  Japan
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gella Vandecaveye  Belgium
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jenny Gal  Netherlands
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jung Sung-sook  South Korea
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These are the results of the women's 61 kg (also known as half middleweight) competition in judo at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 24 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
 Celita Schutz (USA) L
 Xiomara Griffith (VEN) W  Xiomara Griffith (VEN) W
 Michaela Vernerová (CZE) L
 Xiomara Griffith (VEN) L
 Gella Vandecaveye (BEL) W
 Gella Vandecaveye (BEL) W
 Wu Ching (HKG) L  Hajer Tbessi (TUN) L
 Hajer Tbessi (TUN) W  Gella Vandecaveye (BEL) W
 Jung Sung-sook (KOR) W  Jung Sung-sook (KOR) L
 Susann Singer (GER) L  Jung Sung-sook (KOR) W
 Laurie Pace (MLT) L
 Jung Sung-sook (KOR) W
 Ilknur Kobas (TUR) L
 Liu Lizhe (CHN) L
 İlknur Kobaş (TUR) W  Ilknur Kobas (TUR) W
 Cristiane Parmigiano (BRA) L  Gella Vandecaveye (BEL) L
 Yuko Emoto (JPN) W
 Sara Álvarez (ESP) W
 Diane Bell (GBR) W  Diane Bell (GBR) L
 Lara Sullivan (AUS) L  Sara Álvarez (ESP) L
 Jenny Gal (NED) W
 Ileana Beltrán (CUB) L
 Jenny Gal (NED) W  Jenny Gal (NED) W
 Michelle Buckingham (CAN) L  Yuko Emoto (JPN) W
 Yuko Emoto (JPN) W  Jenny Gal (NED) L
 Tatyana Bogomyagkova (RUS) L  Yuko Emoto (JPN) W
 Cathérine Fleury-Vachon (FRA) L
 Yuko Emoto (JPN) W
 Yael Arad (ISR) L
 Valentina Kamsulyeva (KAZ) L
 Birgit Blum (LIE) L  Yael Arad (ISR) W
 Yael Arad (ISR) 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
     Xiomara Griffith (VEN) W        Ilknur Kobas (TUR) L
       Hajer Tbessi (TUN) L          Jenny Gal (NED) W
         Xiomara Griffith (VEN) L
     Ilknur Kobas (TUR) W  
     Susann Singer (GER) L
 Susann Singer (GER) W      Ilknur Kobas (TUR) W  
 Laurie Pace (MLT) L  
     Sara Álvarez (ESP) W        Yael Arad (ISR) L
 Ileana Beltrán (CUB) W      Ileana Beltrán (CUB) L          Jung Sung-sook (KOR) W
 Michelle Buckingham (CAN) L        Sara Álvarez (ESP) L
     Yael Arad (ISR) W  
     Tatyana Bogomyakova (RUS) L
 Tatyana Bogomyakova (RUS) W      Yael Arad (ISR) W  
 Cathérine Fleury-Vachon (FRA) L  


  1. ^ "Judo at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Women's Half-Middleweight". Sports Reference. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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