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Heavyweight (>67 kilograms), Women

Date23 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Keji Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-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.

PosNrFighterNOC
159María EspinozaMEXGold
260Nina SolheimNORSilver
=350Natália FalavignaBRABronze
=355Sarah StevensonGBRBronze
=553Noha Abd RaboEGY
=561Karolina KedzierskaSWE
=762Khaoula Ben HamzaTUN
=758Che Chew ChanMAS
=951Chen ZhongCHN
=949Carmen MartonAUS
=1152Lorena BenitesECU
=1164Adriana CarmonaVEN
=1157Nadin DawaniJOR
=1163Yevgeniya KarimovaUZB
=1156Kyriaki KouvariGRE
=1154Rosanna SimónESP

Round One (23 August 2008 — 11:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Nina SolheimNOR Noha Abd RaboEGY Final Score (9 - 3)
Match #2 Che Chew ChanMAS Yevgeniya KarimovaUZB Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #3 Carmen MartonAUS Lorena BenitesECU Final Score (2 - 0)
Match #4 Natália FalavignaBRA Kyriaki KouvariGRE Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #5 María EspinozaMEX Khaoula Ben HamzaTUN Final Score (4 - 0)
Match #6 Karolina KedzierskaSWE Rosanna SimónESP Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #7 Chen ZhongCHN Adriana CarmonaVEN Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #8 Sarah StevensonGBR Nadin DawaniJOR Final Score (3 - 2)

Quarter-Finals (23 August 2008 — 16:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Nina SolheimNOR Che Chew ChanMAS Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #2 Natália FalavignaBRA Carmen MartonAUS Final Score (5 - 2)
Match #3 María EspinozaMEX Karolina KedzierskaSWE Final Score (4 - 2)
Match #4 1 Sarah StevensonGBR 2Chen ZhongCHN Final Score (2 - 1)

Semi-Finals (23 August 2008 — 17:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Nina SolheimNOR Natália FalavignaBRA Superiority (2 - 2)
Match #2 María EspinozaMEX Sarah StevensonGBR Final Score (4 - 1)

Repêchage Round One (23 August 2008 — 18:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Natália FalavignaBRA Bye
Match #2 Karolina KedzierskaSWE Khaoula Ben HamzaTUN Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #3 Noha Abd RaboEGY Che Chew ChanMAS Final Score (5 - 1)
Match #4 Sarah StevensonGBR Bye

Bronze Medal Matches (23 August 2008 — 19:30)

Match #1 Natália FalavignaBRA Karolina KedzierskaSWE Final Score (5 - 2)
Match #2 Sarah StevensonGBR Noha Abd RaboEGY Final Score (5 - 1)

Final Round (23 August 2008 — 20:15)

Match 1/2 María EspinozaMEX Nina SolheimNOR Final Score (3 - 1)