Taekwondo at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Dates 8 – 11 August 2012
Medal Events 8

Taekwondo has been on the Olympic Program since the 2000 Olympics, with men and women contesting four classes at each celebration, and there was no change to this program in 2012. The events were held at the ExCeL Arena in the London Docklands area. ExCeL is short for Exhibition Centre London. It was the site of multiple sports at the 2012 Olympics, including all the combative sports (boxing, judo, taekwondo, wrestling), fencing, table tennis, and weightlifting. One change in scoring occurred for the 2012 Olympics. At previous Olympics, penalty points had been deducted from the score of the fighter committing the penalty. In 2012 a penalty resulted in a point being added to the score of the other fighter.

No nation dominated taekwondo as eight different nations won the eight events. Spain and China won three medals each, with seven nations winning two medals, and 21 nations in all winning at least one medal.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Flyweight (≤58 kilograms), Men Olympic 8 August 2012 16 16
Featherweight (≤68 kilograms), Men Olympic 9 August 2012 16 16
Welterweight (≤80 kilograms), Men Olympic 10 August 2012 16 16
Heavyweight (>80 kilograms), Men Olympic 11 August 2012 16 16
Flyweight (≤49 kilograms), Women Olympic 8 August 2012 16 16
Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Women Olympic 9 August 2012 16 16
Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Women Olympic 10 August 2012 16 16
Heavyweight (>67 kilograms), Women Olympic 11 August 2012 16 16
128 (64/64) 63 (48/45)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight, Men Joel GonzálezESP Lee Dae-HunKOR Óscar Muñoz
Aleksey Denisenko
COL
RUS
Featherweight, Men Servet TazegülTUR Mohammad Bagheri MotamedIRI Rohullah Nikpai
Terrence Jennings
AFG
USA
Welterweight, Men Sebastián CrismanichARG Nicolás GarcíaESP Lutalo Muhammad
Mauro Sarmiento
GBR
ITA
Heavyweight, Men Carlo MolfettaITA Anthony ObameGAB Liu Xiaobo
Robelis Despaigne
CHN
CUB
Flyweight, Women Wu JingyuCHN Brigitte YagüeESP Lucija Zaninović
Chanatip Sonkham
CRO
THA
Featherweight, Women Jade JonesGBR Hou YuzhuoCHN Marlène Harnois
Tseng Li-Cheng
FRA
TPE
Welterweight, Women Hwang Gyeong-SeonKOR Nur TatarTUR Paige McPherson
Helena Fromm
USA
GER
Heavyweight, Women Milica MandićSRB Anne-Caroline GraffeFRA Anastasiya Baryshnikova
María Espinoza
RUS
MEX

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Spain ESP 1 2 0 3
People's Republic of China CHN 1 1 1 3
Republic of Korea KOR 1 1 0 2
Turkey TUR 1 1 0 2
Great Britain GBR 1 0 1 2
Italy ITA 1 0 1 2
Argentina ARG 1 0 0 1
Serbia SRB 1 0 0 1
France FRA 0 1 1 2
Gabon GAB 0 1 0 1
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 0 1 0 1
Russian Federation RUS 0 0 2 2
United States USA 0 0 2 2
Afghanistan AFG 0 0 1 1
Chinese Taipei TPE 0 0 1 1
Colombia COL 0 0 1 1
Croatia CRO 0 0 1 1
Cuba CUB 0 0 1 1
Germany GER 0 0 1 1
Mexico MEX 0 0 1 1
Thailand THA 0 0 1 1