List of Olympic medalists in taekwondo

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Taekwondo is an Olympic sport that is contested at the Summer Olympic Games. It was introduced in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games as a demonstration sport, and made its debut as a full medal sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.1 Both men and women compete in four events each defined by separate weight classes: flyweight, featherweight, middleweight and heavyweight. Traditionally, taekwondo competitions consist of eight weight classes for each gender, but Olympic taekwondo only have four due to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) limiting the total number of taekwondo entrants to 128.2

The competitions are conducted in accordance with the rules established by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).3 The competition format for taekwondo is a single-elimination tournament to determine the gold and silver medal winners, and a repechage is used to determine the bronze medal winner(s).4 in 2000 and 2004, a single repechage final determined the sole bronze medal winner, but a rule change in 2008 created two repechage finals that allowed for the bronze medal to be shared between two competitors.5

Iranian Hadi Saei (2 gold, 1 bronze), American Steven López (2 gold, 1 bronze), and South Korean Hwang Kyung-Seon (2 gold, 1 bronze) share the most medals in taekwondo with three.67 By defending her title at 2012 London Olympics, Hwang Kyung-Seon became the first woman ever to win three Olympic taekwondo medals. Hadi Saei and Steven López, along with Huang Chih-hsiung of Chinese Tapei, are the only three athletes to have won medals in multiple weight classes. Taiwanese Chi Shu-ju is the youngest athlete to win a medal (17 years, 10 months, 1 day) and Hadi Saei is the oldest (32 years, 2 months, 13 days).68 Rohullah Nikpai of Afghanistan became his country's first ever Olympic medalist with a bronze medal in 2008.9 South Korea has been the most successful nation in Olympic taekwondo, winning 14 medals (10 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).10 Chinese Taipei is the second most successful nation with 7 medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze).10 A total of 24 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 32 bronze medals have been awarded since 2000 and have been won by athletes from 28 National Olympic Committees (NOC).11


Table of contents
Men

Flyweight (58 kg) • Featherweight (68 kg) • Middleweight (80 kg) • Heavyweight (+80 kg)

Women

Flyweight (49 kg) • Featherweight (57 kg) • Middleweight (67 kg) • Heavyweight (+67 kg)

Statistics    See also    References

Men

Flyweight (58 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Michail Mouroutsos (GRE)  Gabriel Esparza (ESP)  Huang Chih-hsiung (TPE)
2004 Athens
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 Chu Mu-yen (TPE)  Óscar Salazar (MEX)  Tamer Bayoumi (EGY)
2008 Beijing
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 Guillermo Pérez (MEX)  Gabriel Mercedes (DOM)  Rohullah Nikpai (AFG)
 Chu Mu-yen (TPE)
2012 London
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 Joel González (ESP)  Lee Dae-Hoon (KOR)  Óscar Muñoz (COL)
 Aleksey Denisenko (RUS)

Featherweight (68 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Steven López (USA)  Sin Joon-Sik (KOR)  Hadi Saei (IRI)
2004 Athens
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 Hadi Saei (IRI)  Huang Chih-hsiung (TPE)  Song Myeong-Seob (KOR)
2008 Beijing
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 Son Tae-Jin (KOR)  Mark López (USA)  Servet Tazegül (TUR)
 Sung Yu-chi (TPE)
2012 London
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 Servet Tazegül (TUR)  Mohammad Bagheri Motamed (IRI)  Terrence Jennings (USA)
 Rohullah Nikpai (AFG)

Middleweight (80 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Ángel Matos (CUB)  Faissal Ebnoutalib (GER)  Víctor Estrada (MEX)
2004 Athens
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 Steven López (USA)  Bahri Tanrıkulu (TUR)  Yousef Karami (IRI)
2008 Beijing
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 Hadi Saei (IRI)  Mauro Sarmiento (ITA)  Zhu Guo (CHN)
 Steven López (USA)
2012 London
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 Sebastián Crismanich (ARG)  Nicolás García (ESP)  Lutalo Muhammad (GBR)
 Mauro Sarmiento (ITA)

Heavyweight (+80 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Kim Kyong-Hun (KOR)  Daniel Trenton (AUS)  Pascal Gentil (FRA)
2004 Athens
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 Moon Dae-Sung (KOR)  Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE)  Pascal Gentil (FRA)
2008 Beijing
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 Cha Dong-Min (KOR)  Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE)  Chika Chukwumerije (NGR)
 Arman Chilmanov (KAZ)
2012 London
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 Carlo Molfetta (ITA)  Anthony Obame (GAB)  Robelis Despaigne (CUB)
 Liu Xiaobo (CHN)

Women

Flyweight (49 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Lauren Burns (AUS)  Urbia Melendez (CUB)  Chi Shu-ju (TPE)
2004 Athens
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 Chen Shih-hsin (TPE)  Yanelis Labrada (CUB)  Yaowapa Boorapolchai (THA)
2008 Beijing
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 Wu Jingyu (CHN)  Buttree Puedpong (THA)  Daynellis Montejo (CUB)
 Dalia Contreras (VEN)
2012 London
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 Wu Jingyu (CHN)  Brigitte Yagüe (ESP)  Chanatip Sonkham (THA)
 Lucija Zaninović (CRO)

Lightweight (57 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Jung Jae-Eun (KOR)  Tran Hieu Ngan (VIE)  Hamide Bıkçın Tosun (TUR)
2004 Athens
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 Jang Ji-won (KOR)  Nia Abdallah (USA)  Iridia Salazar (MEX)
2008 Beijing
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 Lim Su-Jeong (KOR)  Azize Tanrıkulu (TUR)  Diana López (USA)
 Martina Zubčić (CRO)
2012 London
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 Jade Jones (GBR)  Hou Yuzhuo (CHN)  Marlène Harnois (FRA)
 Tseng Li-Cheng (TPE)

Middleweight (67 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Lee Sun-Hee (KOR)  Trude Gundersen (NOR)  Yoriko Okamoto (JPN)
2004 Athens
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 Luo Wei (CHN)  Elisavet Mystakidou (GRE)  Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)
2008 Beijing
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 Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)  Karine Sergerie (CAN)  Gwladys Épangue (FRA)
 Sandra Šarić (CRO)
2012 London
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 Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)  Nur Tatar (TUR)  Paige McPherson (USA)
 Helena Fromm (GER)

Heavyweight (+67 kg)

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Chen Zhong (CHN)  Natalia Ivanova (RUS)  Dominique Bosshart (CAN)
2004 Athens
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 Chen Zhong (CHN)  Myriam Baverel (FRA)  Adriana Carmona (VEN)
2008 Beijing
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 María Espinoza (MEX)  Nina Solheim (NOR)  Sarah Stevenson (GBR)
 Natália Falavigna (BRA)
2012 London
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 Milica Mandić (SRB)  Anne-Caroline Graffe (FRA)  Anastasia Baryshnikova (RUS)
 María Espinoza (MEX)

Statistics

Athlete medal leaders

Athletes who won at least two medals are listed below.12

Athlete Nation Gender Olympics[a] Gold Silver Bronze Total
Saei, HadiHadi Saei  Iran (IRI) Male 2000–2008 2 0 1 3
Kyung-Seon, HwangHwang Kyung-Seon  South Korea (KOR) Female 2004–2012 2 0 1 3
López, StevenSteven López  United States (USA) Male 2000–2008 2 0 1 3
Zhong, ChenChen Zhong  China (CHN) Female 2000–2004 2 0 0 2
Jingyu, WuWu Jingyu  China (CHN) Female 2008–2012 2 0 0 2
Espinoza, MaríaMaría Espinoza  Mexico (MEX) Female 2008–2012 1 0 1 2
Mu-yen, ChuChu Mu-yen  Chinese Taipei (TPE) Male 2004–2008 1 0 1 2
Tazegül, ServetServet Tazegül  Turkey (TUR) Male 2008–2012 1 0 1 2
Nikolaidis, AlexandrosAlexandros Nikolaidis  Greece (GRE) Male 2004–2008 0 2 0 2
Chih-hsiung, HuangHuang Chih-hsiung  Chinese Taipei (TPE) Male 2000–2004 0 1 1 2
Sarmiento, MauroMauro Sarmiento  Italy (ITA) Male 2008–2012 0 1 1 2
Gentil, PascalPascal Gentil  France (FRA) Male 2000–2004 0 0 2 2
Nikpai, RohullahRohullah Nikpai  Afghanistan (AFG) Male 2008–2012 0 0 2 2

a The years indicate the Olympics at which the medals were won.

Medals per year

× NOC did not exist # Number of medals won by the NOC NOC did not win any medals
Nation 1896–1996 00 04 08 Total
 Afghanistan (AFG) 1 1
 Australia (AUS) 2 2
 Brazil (BRA) 1 2
 Canada (CAN) 1 1 2
 China (CHN) 1 2 2 5
 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2 3 2 7
 Croatia (CRO) 2 2
 Cuba (CUB) 2 1 1 4
 Dominican Republic (DOM) 1 1
 Egypt (EGY) 1 1
 France (FRA) 1 2 1 4
 Germany (GER) 1 1
 Great Britain (GBR) 1 1
 Greece (GRE) 1 2 1 4
 Iran (IRI) 1 2 1 4
 Italy (ITA) 1 1
 Japan (JPN) 1 1
 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 1
 Mexico (MEX) 1 2 2 5
 Nigeria (NGR) 1 1
 Norway (NOR) 1 1 2
 Russia (RUS) 1 1
 South Korea (KOR) 4 4 4 12
 Spain (ESP) 1 1
 Thailand (THA) 1 1 2
 Turkey (TUR) 2 2 4
 United States (USA) 1 2 3 6
 Venezuela (VEN) 1 1 2
 Vietnam (VIE) 1 1

See also

References

General
  • "Results database". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  • Kubatko, Justin. "Taekwondo". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
Specific
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  4. ^ "Taekwondo Competition Format". NBC Olympics. NBC Universal. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
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  7. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Steven Lopez". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Kubatko, Justin. "Chi Shu-Ju". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Doucet, Lyse (3 November 2010). "Rohullah Nikpai fighting fit for Afghanistan". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "All-Time Taekwondo Medal Standings". NBC Olympics. NBC Universal. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
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