|Date||23 August 2008|
|Location||Beijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing|
|Participants||16 from 16 countries|
|Format||Single-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.
|=5||53||Noha Abd Rabo||EGY|
|=7||62||Khaoula Ben Hamza||TUN|
|=7||58||Che Chew Chan||MAS|
Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
|Match #1||Nina Solheim||NOR||Noha Abd Rabo||EGY||Final Score (9 - 3)|
|Match #2||Che Chew Chan||MAS||Yevgeniya Karimova||UZB||Final Score (5 - 4)|
|Match #3||Carmen Marton||AUS||Lorena Benites||ECU||Final Score (2 - 0)|
|Match #4||Natália Falavigna||BRA||Kyriaki Kouvari||GRE||Final Score (3 - 1)|
|Match #5||María Espinoza||MEX||Khaoula Ben Hamza||TUN||Final Score (4 - 0)|
|Match #6||Karolina Kedzierska||SWE||Rosanna Simón||ESP||Final Score (5 - 4)|
|Match #7||Chen Zhong||CHN||Adriana Carmona||VEN||Final Score (3 - 1)|
|Match #8||Sarah Stevenson||GBR||Nadin Dawani||JOR||Final Score (3 - 2)|
Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
|Match #1||Nina Solheim||NOR||Che Chew Chan||MAS||Final Score (3 - 1)|
|Match #2||Natália Falavigna||BRA||Carmen Marton||AUS||Final Score (5 - 2)|
|Match #3||María Espinoza||MEX||Karolina Kedzierska||SWE||Final Score (4 - 2)|
|Match #4 1||Sarah Stevenson||GBR 2||Chen Zhong||CHN||Final Score (2 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to the final round.
|Match #1||Nina Solheim||NOR||Natália Falavigna||BRA||Superiority (2 - 2)|
|Match #2||María Espinoza||MEX||Sarah Stevenson||GBR||Final Score (4 - 1)|
Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
|Match #1||Natália Falavigna||BRA||Bye|
|Match #2||Karolina Kedzierska||SWE||Khaoula Ben Hamza||TUN||Final Score (5 - 4)|
|Match #3||Noha Abd Rabo||EGY||Che Chew Chan||MAS||Final Score (5 - 1)|
|Match #4||Sarah Stevenson||GBR||Bye|
|Match #1||Natália Falavigna||BRA||Karolina Kedzierska||SWE||Final Score (5 - 2)|
|Match #2||Sarah Stevenson||GBR||Noha Abd Rabo||EGY||Final Score (5 - 1)|
|Match 1/2||María Espinoza||MEX||Nina Solheim||NOR||Final Score (3 - 1)|