| Event type

Featherweight (≤68 kilograms), Men

Date21 August 2008
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants15 from 15 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

The last two World Champions were American Mark Lopez (2005) and Chinese Taipei’s Sung Yu-Chi (2007). The defending Olympic champion was Iran’s Hadj Saei, who also won bronze in this class in 2000, but he had moved up to the welterweight class in Beijing. Lopez and Sung both made it to the semi-finals, with Lopez moving on to the final, but Sung was upset by the unheralded Korean Son Tae-Jin. The final match was very close between Lopez and Son, with the score tied 2-2 with only seconds left, when Son scored with a kick to win the gold medal.

Mark Lopez was one of three Lopez siblings competing in taekwondo in Beijing, as he was joined by his brother, Steven, and sister, Diana, both of whom won bronze medals. One first round loser was Logan Campbell, who had raised money to support his Olympic training by opening and managing a brothel in his native New Zealand, which was legal.

1Son Tae-JinKORGold
2Mark LopezUSASilver
=3Sung Yu-ChiTPEBronze
=3Servet TazegülTURBronze
=5Peter LópezPER
=5Daniel ManzGER
=7Nesar Ahmad BahawiAFG
=7Dennis BekkersNED
=9Dmitry KimUZB
=9Isah MohammadNGR
=11Rasul AbduraimKGZ
=11Logan CampbellNZL
=11Burak HasanAUS
=11Idulio IslasMEX
=11Gessler VieraCUB
DNSEzedin BelgasemLBA

Round One

Date21 August 2008 — 11:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #121 Aug 11:00Peter LópezPERFinal scoreBurak HasanAUS
Match #221 Aug 11:15Isah MohammadNGRSuperiorityIdulio IslasMEX
Match #321 Aug 11:30Mark LopezUSAFinal scoreNesar Ahmad BahawiAFG
Match #421 Aug 11:45Daniel ManzGERFinal scoreRasul AbduraimKGZ
Match #521 Aug 12:00Servet TazegülTURFinal scoreGessler VieraCUB
Match #621 Aug 12:15Son Tae-JinKORFinal scoreDennis BekkersNED
Match #721 Aug 12:30Dmitry KimUZBWalkoverEzedin BelgasemLBA
Match #821 Aug 12:45Sung Yu-ChiTPEFinal scoreLogan CampbellNZL


Date21 August 2008 — 16:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #121 Aug 16:00Peter LópezPERFinal scoreIsah MohammadNGR
Match #221 Aug 16:15Mark LopezUSAFinal scoreDaniel ManzGER
Match #321 Aug 16:30Son Tae-JinKORFinal scoreServet TazegülTUR
Match #421 Aug 16:45Sung Yu-ChiTPEFinal scoreDmitry KimUZB


Date21 August 2008 — 17:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #121 Aug 17:30Mark LopezUSAFinal scorePeter LópezPER
Match #221 Aug 17:45Son Tae-JinKORFinal scoreSung Yu-ChiTPE

Repêchage Round One

Date21 August 2008 — 18:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #121 AugPeter LópezPER
Match #221 Aug 18:30Servet TazegülTURFinal scoreDennis BekkersNED
Match #321 Aug 18:45Daniel ManzGERFinal scoreNesar Ahmad BahawiAFG
Match #421 AugSung Yu-ChiTPE

Final Round

Date21 August 2008 — 20:15
Match 1/221 Aug 20:15Son Tae-JinKORFinal scoreMark LopezUSA
Match 3/521 Aug 19:30Servet TazegülTURFinal scorePeter LópezPER
Match 3/521 Aug 19:45Sung Yu-ChiTPEFinal scoreDaniel ManzGER