Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 78 kg

These are the results of the Women's 78 kg (also known as half-heavyweight) competition in judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. A total of 23 women qualified for this event, limited to jūdōka whose body weight was less than, or equal to, 78 kilograms. Competition took place in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21 September.[1]

Women's 78 kg
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date21 September
Competitors23 from 23 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Tang Lin  China
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Céline Lebrun  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Simona Richter  Romania
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Emanuela Pierantozzi  Italy
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Athlete Nation
Hsu Yuan-Lin   Chinese Taipei
Esther San Miguel   Spain
Céline Lebrun   France
Lee So-yeon   South Korea
Uta Kühnen   Germany
Mélanie Engoang   Gabon
Amy Tong   United States
Diadenis Luna   Cuba
Kimberly Ribble   Canada
Chloe Cowen   Great Britain
Laisa Laveti   Fiji
Simona Richter   Romania
Natalie Jenkinson   Australia
Sandra Godinho   Portugal
Edinanci Silva   Brazil
Sambuu Dashdulam   Mongolia
Nasiba Salaeva   Turkmenistan
Tang Lin   China
Akissa Monney   Ivory Coast
Heidi Rakels   Belgium
Karin Kienhuis   Netherlands
Noriko Anno   Japan
Emanuela Pierantozzi   Italy

Main bracketEdit

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
  Hsu Yuan-lin (TPE) L
  Esther San Miguel (ESP) W   Esther San Miguel (ESP) L
  Céline Lebrun (FRA) W
  Céline Lebrun (FRA) W
  Lee So-yeon (KOR) L
  Lee So-yeon (KOR) W
  Uta Kühnen (GER) W   Uta Kühnen (GER) L
  Mélanie Engoang (GAB) L   Céline Lebrun (FRA) W
  Diadenis Luna (CUB) L
  Amy Tong (USA) L
  Diadenis Luna (CUB) W   Diadenis Luna (CUB) W
  Kimberly Ribble (CAN) L   Diadenis Luna (CUB) W
  Chloe Cowen (GBR) W   Simona Richter (ROU) L
  Laisa Laveti (FIJ) L   Chloe Cowen (GBR) L
  Simona Richter (ROU) W
  Céline Lebrun (FRA) L
  Tang Lin (CHN) W
  Natalie Jenkinson (AUS) L
  Sandra Godinho (POR) L   Edinanci Silva (BRA) W
  Edinanci Silva (BRA) W   Edinanci Silva (BRA) L
  Tang Lin (CHN) W
  Sambuugiin Dashdulam (MGL) L
  Nasiba Salaeva (TKM) L   Tang Lin (CHN) W
  Tang Lin (CHN) W   Tang Lin (CHN) W
  Heidi Rakels (BEL) L
  Akissi Monney (CIV) L
  Heidi Rakels (BEL) W   Heidi Rakels (BEL) W
  Karin Kienhuis (NED) L   Heidi Rakels (BEL) W
  Emanuela Pierantozzi (ITA) L
  Noriko Anno (JPN) L
  Emanuela Pierantozzi (ITA) 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
      San Miguel (ESP) L         Richter (ROU) W
  San Miguel (ESP) W       Lee (KOR) W           Rakels (BEL) L
Bye L         Lee (KOR) L
      Richter (ROU) W  
      Tong (USA) L
  Ribble (CAN) L       Richter (ROU) W  
  Tong (USA) W  
      Dashdulam (MGL) L         Pierantozzi (ITA) W
  Salaeva (TKM) L       Silva (BRA) W           Luna (CUB) L
  Dashdulam (MGL) W         Silva (BRA) L
      Pierantozzi (ITA) W  
      Kienhuis (NED) L
  Kienhuis (NED) W       Pierantozzi (ITA) W  
  Monney (CIV) L  


  1. ^ "Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Women's Half-Heavyweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 8 June 2018.