Taekwondo at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Dates 20 – 23 August 2008
Medal Events 8

The program for taekwondo in 2008 was the same as in 2000 and 2004, with four events for men and women. However, as in 2004 and 2008, each nation was limited to only four entrants, two men and two women. The 2008 taekwondo tournament was held at the Beijing Science and Technology University gymnasium.

Korea dominated once again, as expected since the sport was invented in Korea, winning four gold medals in the four events in which they could compete. The United States was the only nation to win three medals, all by the Lopez siblings – Steven , Mark , and Diana. Mexican taekwondoka also won two gold medals.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Flyweight (≤58 kilograms), Men Olympic 20 August 2008 16 16
Featherweight (≤68 kilograms), Men Olympic 21 August 2008 15 15
Welterweight (≤80 kilograms), Men Olympic 22 August 2008 16 16
Heavyweight (>80 kilograms), Men Olympic 23 August 2008 16 16
Flyweight (≤49 kilograms), Women Olympic 20 August 2008 16 16
Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Women Olympic 21 August 2008 15 15
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Women Olympic 22 August 2008 16 16
Heavyweight (>67 kilograms), Women Olympic 23 August 2008 16 16
126 (63/63) 62 (45/45)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight, Men Guillermo PérezMEX Gabriel MercedesDOM Chu Mu-Yen
Rohullah Nikpai
TPE
AFG
Featherweight, Men Son Tae-JinKOR Mark LopezUSA Sung Yu-Chi
Servet Tazegül
TPE
TUR
Welterweight, Men Hadi SaeiIRI Mauro SarmientoITA Steven Lopez
Zhu Guo
USA
CHN
Heavyweight, Men Cha Dong-MinKOR Alexandros NikolaidisGRE Arman Chilmanov
Chika Chukwumerije
KAZ
NGR
Flyweight, Women Wu JingyuCHN Buttree PuedpongTHA Dalia Contreras
Daynelli Montejo
VEN
CUB
Featherweight, Women Im Su-JeongKOR Azize TanrıkuluTUR Diana Lopez
Martina Zubčić
USA
CRO
Welterweight, Women Hwang Gyeong-SeonKOR Karine SergerieCAN Gwladys Épangue
Sandra Šarić
FRA
CRO
Heavyweight, Women María EspinozaMEX Nina SolheimNOR Natália Falavigna
Sarah Stevenson
BRA
GBR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Republic of Korea KOR 4 0 0 4
Mexico MEX 2 0 0 2
People's Republic of China CHN 1 0 1 2
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 1 0 0 1
United States USA 0 1 2 3
Turkey TUR 0 1 1 2
Canada CAN 0 1 0 1
Dominican Republic DOM 0 1 0 1
Greece GRE 0 1 0 1
Italy ITA 0 1 0 1
Norway NOR 0 1 0 1
Thailand THA 0 1 0 1
Chinese Taipei TPE 0 0 2 2
Croatia CRO 0 0 2 2
Afghanistan AFG 0 0 1 1
Brazil BRA 0 0 1 1
Cuba CUB 0 0 1 1
France FRA 0 0 1 1
Great Britain GBR 0 0 1 1
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 1 1
Nigeria NGR 0 0 1 1
Venezuela VEN 0 0 1 1