| Event type

Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Women

Date 9 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Coming into the Olympics, the favorites were China’s Hou Yuzhuo, the 2011 World Champion, and top-seeded Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipei. Both made the semi-finals where Hou defeated European Champion Marlene Harnois (FRA), but Tseng lost a wild bout to Britain’s Jade Jones. Jones had won her first two bouts 15-1 and 13-3 and against Tseng was trailing near the end, only to score five points in the final 30 seconds to make her way to the final.

Jones grabbed the early lead in the final, going ahead 2-0 after two rounds. She built her lead in the final round, and then held on to win Britain’s first taekwondo gold medal in a big upset. The bronze medals went to Harnois and Tseng.

1Jade JonesGBRGold
2Hou YuzhuoCHNSilver
=3Marlène HarnoisFRABronze
=3Tseng Li-ChengTPEBronze
=5Suvi MikkonenFIN
=5Mayu HamadaJPN
=7Dragana GladovićSRB
=7Diana LopezUSA
=9Hedaya MalakEGY
=9Andrea PaoliLBN
=11Yeny ContrerasCHI
=11Ana ZaninovićCRO
=11Nidia MuñózCUB
=11Robin CheongNZL
=11Bineta DiédhiouSEN
=11Rangsiya NisaisomTHA

Round One

Date9 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #109 Aug 9:00Tseng Li-ChengTPEFinal scoreRangsiya NisaisomTHA
Match #209 Aug 9:30Andrea PaoliLBNFinal scoreNidia MuñózCUB
Match #309 Aug 10:00Mayu HamadaJPNFinal scoreAna ZaninovićCRO
Match #409 Aug 10:30Jade JonesGBRPoints gapDragana GladovićSRB
Match #509 Aug 11:00Hedaya MalakEGYFinal scoreRobin CheongNZL
Match #609 Aug 11:30Marlène HarnoisFRAFinal scoreYeny ContrerasCHI
Match #709 Aug 12:00Suvi MikkonenFINFinal scoreBineta DiédhiouSEN
Match #809 Aug 12:30Hou YuzhuoCHNSudden deathDiana LopezUSA


Date9 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #109 Aug 15:00Tseng Li-ChengTPEFinal scoreAndrea PaoliLBN
Match #209 Aug 15:30Jade JonesGBRFinal scoreMayu HamadaJPN
Match #309 Aug 16:00Marlène HarnoisFRAFinal scoreHedaya MalakEGY
Match #409 Aug 16:30Hou YuzhuoCHNFinal scoreSuvi MikkonenFIN


Date9 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #109 Aug 17:00Jade JonesGBRFinal scoreTseng Li-ChengTPE
Match #209 Aug 17:30Hou YuzhuoCHNFinal scoreMarlène HarnoisFRA

Repêchage Round One

Date9 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #109 Aug 20:00Mayu HamadaJPNPoints gapDragana GladovićSRB
Match #209 Aug 20:30Suvi MikkonenFINFinal scoreDiana LopezUSA

Final Round

Date9 August 2012
Match 1/209 Aug 22:15Jade JonesGBRFinal scoreHou YuzhuoCHN
Match 3/509 Aug 21:00Marlène HarnoisFRAFinal scoreMayu HamadaJPN
Match 3/509 Aug 21:30Tseng Li-ChengTPEPoints gapSuvi MikkonenFIN