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Flyweight (≤49 kilograms), Women

Date27 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationState Sports Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants12 from 12 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

This was the first gold medal awarded in taekwondo at the Olympics, and the heavy favorite was Chi Shu-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who had been World Champion in both 1997 and 1999. Australia pinned its hopes on Lauren Burns, a vegetarian with not much of an international record. Burns met Chi in the quarter-finals and they tied, 3-3, but the referee awarded the match to Burns on a superiority ruling. Burns used that impetus to win the gold medal, to the delight of the Australian crowd. Chi came thru the repêchage round to win the bronze medal.

PosNrFighterNOC
1001Lauren BurnsAUSGold
2002Urbia MeléndezCUBSilver
3009Chi Shu-JuTPEBronze
4003Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN
=5007Águeda PérezMEX
=5010Döndü GüvençTUR
7006Likeleli Alinah ThamaeLES
=8005Juana Wangsa PutriINA
=8012Nguyễn Thị Xuân MaiVIE
=10008Eva Marie DitanPHI
=10004Fadime HelvaciogluGER
=10011Kay PoeUSA

Round One (27 September 2000 — 9:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Nguyễn Thị Xuân MaiVIE Bye
Match #2 Döndü GüvençTUR Eva Marie DitanPHI Final Score (6 - 1)
Match #3 Urbia MeléndezCUB Águeda PérezMEX Final Score (4 - 1)
Match #4 Likeleli Alinah ThamaeLES Bye
Match #5 Juana Wangsa PutriINA Bye
Match #6 Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN Kay PoeUSA Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #7 Chi Shu-JuTPE Fadime HelvaciogluGER Final Score (1 - 0)
Match #8 Lauren BurnsAUS Bye

Quarter-Finals (27 September 2000 — 11:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Döndü GüvençTUR Nguyễn Thị Xuân MaiVIE Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #2 Urbia MeléndezCUB Likeleli Alinah ThamaeLES Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #3 Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN Juana Wangsa PutriINA Final Score (7 - 2)
Match #4 Lauren BurnsAUS Chi Shu-JuTPE Superiority (3 - 3)

Semi-Finals (27 September 2000 — 15:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Urbia MeléndezCUB Döndü GüvençTUR Final Score (3 - 1)
Match #2 Lauren BurnsAUS Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN Final Score (1 - 0)

Repêchage Round One (27 September 2000 — 16:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the repêchage round two.

Match #1 Döndü GüvençTUR Bye
Match #2 Chi Shu-JuTPE Bye
Match #3 Águeda PérezMEX Likeleli Alinah ThamaeLES Final Score (5 - 3)
Match #4 Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN Bye

Repêchage Round Two (27 September 2000 — 19:30)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Chi Shu-JuTPE Döndü GüvençTUR Final Score (3 - 0)
Match #2 Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN Águeda PérezMEX Final Score (2 - 1)

Final Round (27 September 2000 — 20:30)

Match 1/2 Lauren BurnsAUS Urbia MeléndezCUB Final Score (4 - 2)
Match 3/4 Chi Shu-JuTPE Hanne Høegh PoulsenDEN Final Score (4 - 0)