List of Olympic medalists in taekwondo
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
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||Michail Mouroutsos (GRE)||Gabriel Esparza (ESP)||Huang Chih-hsiung (TPE)|
||Chu Mu-yen (TPE)||Óscar Salazar (MEX)||Tamer Bayoumi (EGY)|
||Guillermo Pérez (MEX)||Gabriel Mercedes (DOM)||Rohullah Nikpai (AFG)|
|Chu Mu-yen (TPE)|
||Joel González (ESP)||Lee Dae-Hoon (KOR)||Óscar Muñoz (COL)|
|Aleksey Denisenko (RUS)|
||Steven López (USA)||Sin Joon-Sik (KOR)||Hadi Saei (IRI)|
||Hadi Saei (IRI)||Huang Chih-hsiung (TPE)||Song Myeong-Seob (KOR)|
||Son Tae-Jin (KOR)||Mark López (USA)||Servet Tazegül (TUR)|
|Sung Yu-chi (TPE)|
||Servet Tazegül (TUR)||Mohammad Bagheri Motamed (IRI)||Terrence Jennings (USA)|
|Rohullah Nikpai (AFG)|
||Ángel Matos (CUB)||Faissal Ebnoutalib (GER)||Víctor Estrada (MEX)|
||Steven López (USA)||Bahri Tanrıkulu (TUR)||Yousef Karami (IRI)|
||Hadi Saei (IRI)||Mauro Sarmiento (ITA)||Zhu Guo (CHN)|
|Steven López (USA)|
||Sebastián Crismanich (ARG)||Nicolás García (ESP)||Lutalo Muhammad (GBR)|
|Mauro Sarmiento (ITA)|
||Kim Kyong-Hun (KOR)||Daniel Trenton (AUS)||Pascal Gentil (FRA)|
||Moon Dae-Sung (KOR)||Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE)||Pascal Gentil (FRA)|
||Cha Dong-Min (KOR)||Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE)||Chika Chukwumerije (NGR)|
|Arman Chilmanov (KAZ)|
||Carlo Molfetta (ITA)||Anthony Obame (GAB)||Robelis Despaigne (CUB)|
|Liu Xiaobo (CHN)|
||Lauren Burns (AUS)||Urbia Melendez (CUB)||Chi Shu-ju (TPE)|
||Chen Shih-hsin (TPE)||Yanelis Labrada (CUB)||Yaowapa Boorapolchai (THA)|
||Wu Jingyu (CHN)||Buttree Puedpong (THA)||Daynellis Montejo (CUB)|
|Dalia Contreras (VEN)|
||Wu Jingyu (CHN)||Brigitte Yagüe (ESP)||Chanatip Sonkham (THA)|
|Lucija Zaninović (CRO)|
||Jung Jae-Eun (KOR)||Tran Hieu Ngan (VIE)||Hamide Bıkçın Tosun (TUR)|
||Jang Ji-won (KOR)||Nia Abdallah (USA)||Iridia Salazar (MEX)|
||Lim Su-Jeong (KOR)||Azize Tanrıkulu (TUR)||Diana López (USA)|
|Martina Zubčić (CRO)|
||Jade Jones (GBR)||Hou Yuzhuo (CHN)||Marlène Harnois (FRA)|
|Tseng Li-Cheng (TPE)|
||Lee Sun-Hee (KOR)||Trude Gundersen (NOR)||Yoriko Okamoto (JPN)|
||Luo Wei (CHN)||Elisavet Mystakidou (GRE)||Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)|
||Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)||Karine Sergerie (CAN)||Gwladys Épangue (FRA)|
|Sandra Šarić (CRO)|
||Hwang Kyung-Seon (KOR)||Nur Tatar (TUR)||Paige McPherson (USA)|
|Helena Fromm (GER)|
||Chen Zhong (CHN)||Natalia Ivanova (RUS)||Dominique Bosshart (CAN)|
||Chen Zhong (CHN)||Myriam Baverel (FRA)||Adriana Carmona (VEN)|
||María Espinoza (MEX)||Nina Solheim (NOR)||Sarah Stevenson (GBR)|
|Natália Falavigna (BRA)|
||Milica Mandić (SRB)||Anne-Caroline Graffe (FRA)||Anastasia Baryshnikova (RUS)|
|María Espinoza (MEX)|
Athletes who won at least two medals are listed below.12
|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.
|×||NOC did not exist||#||Number of medals won by the NOC||–||NOC did not win any medals|
|Chinese Taipei (TPE)||2||3||2||7|
|Dominican Republic (DOM)||–||–||1||1|
|Great Britain (GBR)||–||–||1||1|
|South Korea (KOR)||4||4||4||12|
|United States (USA)||1||2||3||6|
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