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Welterweight (≤80 kilograms), Men

Date29 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 change in weight classes for the Olympics, in which only four weight classes were recognized from the world standard of eight weight classes, made this the most wide-open competition in taekwondo at Sydney. There could be no favorite as none of the 16 competitors had ever placed in any class at an international level previously, with many competitors moving up or down in weight. Ángel Matos of Cuba crushed his first opponent, 9-0, and then easily defeated Roman Livaja of Sweden in the semi-finals. The final was closer, but Matos defeated Germany’s Faissal Ebnoutalib, 3-1. The 2000 gold medal remains Matos’s only major international victory. Ebnoutalib was also world silver medalist in 2003, losing to the 68 kg. gold medalist from Sydney, Steven Lopez.

PosNrFighterNOC
1068Ángel MatosCUBGold
2070Faissal EbnoutalibGERSilver
3075Víctor EstradaMEXBronze
4078Roman LivajaSWE
=5067N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV
=5065Warren HansenAUS
=7066Félipe SotoCHI
=7073Mohamed Al-FararjehJOR
=9077Marcel MoreSLO
=9074Mokete MokhosiLES
=11076Donald GeislerPHI
=11071Madjid Aflaki KhameshIRI
=11072Mario De MeoITA
=11069Muhammed DahmaniDEN

Round One (29 September 2000 — 9:15)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Marcel MoreSLO Bye
Match #2 Roman LivajaSWE Donald GeislerPHI Superiority (4 - 4)
Match #3 Ángel MatosCUB Félipe SotoCHI Final Score (9 - 2)
Match #4 Víctor EstradaMEX Madjid Aflaki KhameshIRI Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #5 Faissal EbnoutalibGER Mohamed Al-FararjehJOR Final Score (8 - 2)
Match #6 Warren HansenAUS Muhammed DahmaniDEN Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #7 Mokete MokhosiLES Mario De MeoITA Final Score (3 - 3)
Match #8 N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Bye

Quarter-Finals (29 September 2000 — 11:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Roman LivajaSWE Marcel MoreSLO Final Score (4 - 2)
Match #2 Ángel MatosCUB Víctor EstradaMEX Final Score (2 - 0)
Match #3 Faissal EbnoutalibGER Warren HansenAUS Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #4 N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Mokete MokhosiLES Final Score (4 - 3)

Semi-Finals (29 September 2000 — 15:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Ángel MatosCUB Roman LivajaSWE Final Score (4 - 0)
Match #2 Faissal EbnoutalibGER N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Final Score (4 - 3)

Repêchage Round One (29 September 2000 — 16:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the repêchage round two.

Match #1 Roman LivajaSWE Bye
Match #2 Warren HansenAUS Mohamed Al-FararjehJOR Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #3 Víctor EstradaMEX Félipe SotoCHI Final Score (6 - 1)
Match #4 N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Bye

Repêchage Round Two (29 September 2000 — 19:45)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Roman LivajaSWE Warren HansenAUS Final Score (1 - 0)
Match #2 Víctor EstradaMEX N'Guessan Sebastien KonanCIV Final Score (6 - 4)

Final Round (29 September 2000 — 20:45)

Match 1/2 Ángel MatosCUB Faissal EbnoutalibGER Final Score (3 - 1)
Match 3/4 Víctor EstradaMEX Roman LivajaSWE Final Score (2 - 1)