| Event type

Heavyweight (>67 kilograms), Women

Date23 August 2008
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

The heavy favorite was China’s Chen Zhong, gold medalist in 2000 and 2004 and the 2007 World Champion. In the quarterfinals she met hometown favorite Sarah Stevenson, and seemingly defeated the Brit, 1-0, when Stevenson’s late kick, worth two points, was ruled too light to be worth a score. But the British delegation protested, and the protest was upheld, giving Stevenson two points and the victory, 2-1. But that was it for Stevenson, who lost her semi to 2007 World Middleweight Champion María Espinoza.

In the final Espinoza faced Norway’s Nina Solheim, who had defeated the 2005 World Champion, Brazil’s Natália Falavigna, in the semi-finals. The final was an easy victory for Espinoza, who led from the start and was never challenged. Solheim was born in Korea, but she and her twin sister were adopted at seven months old by Norwegian parents.

1María EspinozaMEXGold
2Nina SolheimNORSilver
=3Natália FalavignaBRABronze
=3Sarah StevensonGBRBronze
=5Noha Abd RaboEGY
=5Karolina KedzierskaSWE
=7Khaoula Ben HamzaTUN
=7Che Chew ChanMAS
=9Chen ZhongCHN
=9Carmen MartonAUS
=11Lorena BenitesECU
=11Adriana CarmonaVEN
=11Nadin DawaniJOR
=11Yevgeniya KarimovaUZB
=11Kyriaki KouvariGRE
=11Rosanna SimónESP

Round One

Date23 August 2008 — 11:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #123 Aug 11:00Nina SolheimNORFinal scoreNoha Abd RaboEGY
Match #223 Aug 11:15Che Chew ChanMASFinal scoreYevgeniya KarimovaUZB
Match #323 Aug 11:30Carmen MartonAUSFinal scoreLorena BenitesECU
Match #423 Aug 11:45Natália FalavignaBRAFinal scoreKyriaki KouvariGRE
Match #523 Aug 12:00María EspinozaMEXFinal scoreKhaoula Ben HamzaTUN
Match #623 Aug 12:15Karolina KedzierskaSWEFinal scoreRosanna SimónESP
Match #723 Aug 12:30Chen ZhongCHNFinal scoreAdriana CarmonaVEN
Match #823 Aug 12:45Sarah StevensonGBRFinal scoreNadin DawaniJOR


Date23 August 2008 — 16:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #123 Aug 16:00Nina SolheimNORFinal scoreChe Chew ChanMAS
Match #223 Aug 16:15Natália FalavignaBRAFinal scoreCarmen MartonAUS
Match #323 Aug 16:30María EspinozaMEXFinal scoreKarolina KedzierskaSWE
Match #423 Aug 16:45Sarah StevensonGBRFinal scoreChen ZhongCHN


Date23 August 2008 — 17:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #123 Aug 17:30Nina SolheimNORSuperiorityNatália FalavignaBRA
Match #223 Aug 17:45María EspinozaMEXFinal scoreSarah StevensonGBR

Repêchage Round One

Date23 August 2008 — 18:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #123 AugNatália FalavignaBRA
Match #223 Aug 18:30Karolina KedzierskaSWEFinal scoreKhaoula Ben HamzaTUN
Match #323 Aug 18:45Noha Abd RaboEGYFinal scoreChe Chew ChanMAS
Match #423 AugSarah StevensonGBR

Final Round

Date23 August 2008 — 20:15
Match 1/223 Aug 20:15María EspinozaMEXFinal scoreNina SolheimNOR
Match 3/523 Aug 19:30Natália FalavignaBRAFinal scoreKarolina KedzierskaSWE
Match 3/523 Aug 19:45Sarah StevensonGBRFinal scoreNoha Abd RaboEGY