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Featherweight (≤68 kilograms), Men

Date28 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationState Sports Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants14 from 14 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

The favorite in this class was Iran’s Hadj Sayed Bonehkohal, who had won three World Championships, the most recent in 1999 in the lightweight class. He had to move down in weight to compete in the 68 kg. class at Sydney. But Bonehkohal was upset in the semi-finals by Korea’s Sin Joon-Sik. In the final, Sin faced Steve Lopez of the United States. Lopez was a five-time US champion who had won the 1999 Pan-American Games gold medal. Lopez came from a family with three siblings who were world class taekwondo fighters, brothers Jean and Mark, and sister Diana. Diana and Mark narrowly failed to make the qualifying for the Sydney Olympics, but both would become World Champions in 2005. In the Olympic final, Lopez and Sin were tied near the end of the match when the referee, Flavio Pérez of Colombia, deducted a point from Sin’s score because of penalties he had incurred during the match. This was not in accordance with the taekwondo rules and Pérez was suspended for this action but the result was allowed to stand.

PosNrFighterNOC
1052Steven LopezUSAGold
2047Sin Jun-SikKORSilver
3045Hadi SaeiIRIBronze
4041Tuncay CaliskanAUT
=5044Aziz AcharkiGER
=5040Carlo MassiminoAUS
=7050Aslanbek DzitiyevRUS
=7046Claudio NolanoITA
=9039Alejandro HernandoARG
=9049Olivier BernasconiMON
=11043Francisco ZasESP
=11051Hsu Chi-HungTPE
=11048Nizar Mohamed NaeeliLBA
=11042Stanislas OgoudjobiBEN

Round One (28 September 2000 — 9:15)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Alejandro HernandoARG Bye
Match #2 Hadi SaeiIRI Hsu Chi-HungTPE Final Score (5 - 2)
Match #3 Sin Jun-SikKOR Tuncay CaliskanAUT Final Score (7 - 3)
Match #4 Aslanbek DzitiyevRUS Nizar Mohamed NaeeliLBA Final Score (12 - 3)
Match #5 Carlo MassiminoAUS Francisco ZasESP Superiority (3 - 3)
Match #6 Steven LopezUSA Claudio NolanoITA Final Score (7 - 0)
Match #7 Aziz AcharkiGER Stanislas OgoudjobiBEN Final Score (7 - 0)
Match #8 Olivier BernasconiMON Bye

Quarter-Finals (28 September 2000 — 11:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Hadi SaeiIRI Alejandro HernandoARG Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #2 Sin Jun-SikKOR Aslanbek DzitiyevRUS Final Score (9 - 1)
Match #3 Steven LopezUSA Carlo MassiminoAUS Superiority (1 - 1)
Match #4 Aziz AcharkiGER Olivier BernasconiMON Final Score (15 - 1)

Semi-Finals (28 September 2000 — 15:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Sin Jun-SikKOR Hadi SaeiIRI Final Score (5 - 3)
Match #2 Steven LopezUSA Aziz AcharkiGER Final Score (2 - 0)

Repêchage Round One (28 September 2000 — 16:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the repêchage round two.

Match #1 Hadi SaeiIRI Bye
Match #2 Carlo MassiminoAUS Claudio NolanoITA Final Score (9 - 7)
Match #3 Tuncay CaliskanAUT Aslanbek DzitiyevRUS Final Score (6 - 0)
Match #4 Aziz AcharkiGER Bye

Repêchage Round Two (28 September 2000 — 19:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Hadi SaeiIRI Carlo MassiminoAUS Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #2 Tuncay CaliskanAUT Aziz AcharkiGER Final Score (7 - 7)

Final Round (28 September 2000 — 20:45)

Match 1/2 Steven LopezUSA Sin Jun-SikKOR Final Score (1 - 0)
Match 3/4 Hadi SaeiIRI Tuncay CaliskanAUT Final Score (4 - 2)