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Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Women

Date21 August 2008
StatusOlympic
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 2007 World Champion was Korean Lee Sung-Hye but the Korean team was so strong that she was not selected for Beijing, bypassed in favor of Im Su-Jeong, who had been 2007 Universiade Champion. The 2005 World Champion was in Beijing, American Diana Lopez, she of the United States’ Lopez taekwondo siblings. Her brothers, Steven and Mark, both would also win medals in Beijing.

After a difficult first round, Im easily made it to the final. But she would not meet Lopez, who lost a quarter-final bout against Turkey’s Azize Tanrıkulu, the sister of Bahri Tanrıkulu, 2004 Olympic men’s welterweight silver medalist. Tanrıkulu won her semi as well to meet Im in the final. The final match was tied 0-0 with 20 seconds remaining when Im scored with a back kick to win the gold medal. She would also win a gold medal at the 2009 World Championships as a lightweight. Lopez did get through the repêchage to earn a bronze medal.

PosNrFighterNOC
123Im Su-JeongKORGold
230Azize TanrıkuluTURSilver
=331Diana LopezUSABronze
=320Martina ZubčićCROBronze
=522Veronica CalabreseITA
=529Su Li-WenTPE
=726Robin CheongNZL
=724Elaine TeoMAS
=927Bineta DiédhiouSEN
=917Débora NunesBRA
=1118Mariam BahCIV
=1121Bat-El GattererISR
=1132Nguyễn Thị Hoài ThuVIE
=1119Doris PatiñoCOL
=1128Chonnapas PremwaewTHA
DNS25Lailatou Amadou LeleNIG

Round One (21 August 2008 — 11:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Robin CheongNZL Mariam BahCIV Final Score (1 - 0)
Match #2 Im Su-JeongKOR Su Li-WenTPE Final Score (1 - 0)
Match #3 Veronica CalabreseITA Doris PatiñoCOL Final Score (2 - 0)
Match #4 Bineta DiédhiouSEN Nguyễn Thị Hoài ThuVIE Final Score (1 - 0)
Match #5 Diana LopezUSA Chonnapas PremwaewTHA Final Score (2 - 0)
Match #6 Azize TanrıkuluTUR Elaine TeoMAS Final Score (7 - 4)
Match #7 Martina ZubčićCRO Bat-El GattererISR Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #8 1 Débora NunesBRA Lailatou Amadou LeleNIG 2Walkover

Quarter-Finals (21 August 2008 — 16:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Im Su-JeongKOR Robin CheongNZL Final Score (4 - 1)
Match #2 Veronica CalabreseITA Bineta DiédhiouSEN Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #3 Azize TanrıkuluTUR Diana LopezUSA Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #4 Martina ZubčićCRO Débora NunesBRA Final Score (3 - 2)

Semi-Finals (21 August 2008 — 17:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Im Su-JeongKOR Veronica CalabreseITA Final Score (5 - 1)
Match #2 Azize TanrıkuluTUR Martina ZubčićCRO Final Score (5 - 3)

Repêchage Round One (21 August 2008 — 18:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Veronica CalabreseITA Bye
Match #2 Diana LopezUSA Elaine TeoMAS Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #3 Su Li-WenTPE Robin CheongNZL Final Score (1 - 0)
Match #4 Martina ZubčićCRO Bye

Bronze Medal Matches (21 August 2008 — 19:30)

Match #1 Diana LopezUSA Veronica CalabreseITA Final Score (3 - 2)
Match #2 Martina ZubčićCRO Su Li-WenTPE Final Score (5 - 4)

Final Round (21 August 2008 — 20:15)

Match 1/2 Im Su-JeongKOR Azize TanrıkuluTUR Final Score (1 - 0)