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

The women's 48 kg judo competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta involved 23 competitors, limited to judoka whose body weight was less than, or equal to, 48 kg (106 lb). Competition occurred on July 26, 1996 at the Georgia World Congress Center.[1]

Women's 48 kg
at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad
VenueGeorgia World Congress Center
Date26 July
Competitors23 from 23 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Kye Sun-hui  North Korea
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ryoko Tamura  Japan
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Amarilys Savón  Cuba
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Yolanda Soler  Spain
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Kye Sun-Hui of North Korea, at age 16, surprised spectators by winning gold, upsetting the overwhelming favorite, Ryoko Tamura of Japan, in the final.[2] She had obtained a wildcard entry to the Games, and was virtually unknown on the international stage, having never previously competing outside of her home country.[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 Trinh (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.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sun Hui Kye". beijing2008.cn. Beijing Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01.