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Featherweight (≤57 kilograms), Women

Date 9 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Coming into the Olympics, the favorites were China’s Hou Yuzhuo, the 2011 World Champion, and top-seeded Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipei. Both made the semi-finals where Hou defeated European Champion Marlene Harnois (FRA), but Tseng lost a wild bout to Britain’s Jade Jones. Jones had won her first two bouts 15-1 and 13-3 and against Tseng was trailing near the end, only to score five points in the final 30 seconds to make her way to the final.

Jones grabbed the early lead in the final, going ahead 2-0 after two rounds. She built her lead in the final round, and then held on to win Britain’s first taekwondo gold medal in a big upset. The bronze medals went to Harnois and Tseng.

PosNrFighterNOC
1304Jade JonesGBRGold
2302Hou YuzhuoCHNSilver
=3306Marlène HarnoisFRABronze
=3301Tseng Li-ChengTPEBronze
=5311Suvi MikkonenFIN
=5312Mayu HamadaJPN
=7314Dragana GladovićSRB
=7316Diana LopezUSA
=9303Hedaya MalakEGY
=9308Andrea PaoliLBN
=11309Yeny ContrerasCHI
=11305Ana ZaninovićCRO
=11310Nidia MuñózCUB
=11313Robin CheongNZL
=11307Bineta DiédhiouSEN
=11315Rangsiya NisaisomTHA

Round One (9 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Tseng Li-ChengTPE Rangsiya NisaisomTHA Final Score (4 - 1)
Match #2 Andrea PaoliLBN Nidia MuñózCUB Final Score (4 - 2)
Match #3 Mayu HamadaJPN Ana ZaninovićCRO Final Score (14 - 11)
Match #4 Jade JonesGBR Dragana GladovićSRB Superiority (15 - 1)
Match #5 Hedaya MalakEGY Robin CheongNZL Final Score (17 - 6)
Match #6 Marlène HarnoisFRA Yeny ContrerasCHI Final Score (14 - 3)
Match #7 Suvi MikkonenFIN Bineta DiédhiouSEN Final Score (9 - 6)
Match #8 Hou YuzhuoCHN Diana LopezUSA Sudden Death (Round 4, 00:28)

Quarter-Finals (9 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Tseng Li-ChengTPE Andrea PaoliLBN Final Score (5 - 2)
Match #2 Jade JonesGBR Mayu HamadaJPN Final Score (13 - 3)
Match #3 Marlène HarnoisFRA Hedaya MalakEGY Final Score (8 - 6)
Match #4 Hou YuzhuoCHN Suvi MikkonenFIN Final Score (7 - 2)

Semi-Finals (9 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Jade JonesGBR Tseng Li-ChengTPE Final Score (10 - 6)
Match #2 Hou YuzhuoCHN Marlène HarnoisFRA Final Score (8 - 3)

Repêchage Round One (9 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Mayu HamadaJPN Dragana GladovićSRB Superiority (15 - 2)
Match #2 Suvi MikkonenFIN Diana LopezUSA Final Score (9 - 4)

Bronze Medal Matches (9 August 2012)

Match #1 Marlène HarnoisFRA Mayu HamadaJPN Final Score (12 - 8)
Match #2 Tseng Li-ChengTPE Suvi MikkonenFIN Superiority (14 - 2)

Final Round (9 August 2012)

Match 1/2 Jade JonesGBR Hou YuzhuoCHN Final Score (6 - 4)