| Event type

Flyweight (≤49 kilograms), Women

Date17 – 18 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 3, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants16 from 16 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

China’s Wu “Joy” Jingyu dominated this weight division throughout the 2015 Grand Prix series and seemed set to add to the two Olympic gold medals she already had, thus becoming the first taekwondo exponent to win three Olympic golds. It was no surprise when she won the WTF Female Player of the Year for 2015. By a strange coincidence, Wu played a bit part in a 2003 Chinese movie called “Taekwondo”, which told the story of a character winning gold at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 – just as Wu did. Thailand’s number two seed Panipak Wongpattanakit was dominated by Wu in 2015, but was the only fighter able to land a head kick on her. She was a medal contender as was the very experienced Croatian Lucija Zaninović, the world number three. Brazil’s fourth-seeded Iris Sing had the benefit of the home fans behind her.

Wu opened with a 10-1 win over the 16th seed, Huang Huai-Hsuan of Chinese Taipei, but then came the biggest shock of the day when she lost 17-7 to the Serbian Tijana Bogdanović. The number two seed, Wongpattanakit, also fell at the quarter-final stage, losing 6-5 to Kim So-hui of South Korea. Remarkably, all of the top four seeds went at the last eight stage with local favourite Sing losing heavily, 14-4, to Mexico’s Itzel Manjarrez. Wu’s conqueror, Bogdanovic went all the way to the final where she lost 7-6 to Kim So-Hui of South Korea, a 2013 and 2014 world champion. Kim reached the final after ending 0-0 against Yasmina Aziez of France in he semi-final, but won on the sudden death golden point. The bronze medals went to second seed Wongpattanakit and Patimat Abakarova of Azerbaijan.

1107Kim So-HuiKORGold
2108Tijana BogdanovićSRBSilver
=3109Patimat AbakarovaAZEBronze
=3102Panipak WongpattanakitTHABronze
=5106Yasmina AziezFRA
=5105Itzel ManjarrezMEX
=7101Wu JingyuCHN
=7110Julissa DíezPER
=9104Iris SingBRA
=9103Lucija ZaninovićCRO
=11115Maria AndradeCPV
=11111Monica PimentelARU
=11112Rosa Keleku LukusaCOD
=11113Andrea KildayNZL
=11114Aynur YesbergenovaKAZ
=11116Huang Huai-HsuanTPE

Round One (17 August 2016 — 09:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Iris SingBRA Andrea KildayNZL Final Score (7 - 5)
Match #2 Itzel ManjarrezMEX Rosa Keleku LukusaCOD Final Score (9 - 5)
Match #3 Tijana BogdanovićSRB Patimat AbakarovaAZE Final Score (3 - 2)
Match #4 Wu JingyuCHN Huang Huai-HsuanTPE Final Score (10 - 1)
Match #5 Panipak WongpattanakitTHA Maria AndradeCPV Superiority (18 - 6)
Match #6 Kim So-HuiKOR Julissa DíezPER Final Score (10 - 2)
Match #7 Yasmina AziezFRA Monica PimentelARU Final Score (2 - 1)
Match #8 Lucija ZaninovićCRO Aynur YesbergenovaKAZ Final Score (18 - 7)

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2016 — 15:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Itzel ManjarrezMEX Iris SingBRA Final Score (14 - 4)
Match #2 Tijana BogdanovićSRB Wu JingyuCHN Final Score (17 - 7)
Match #3 Kim So-HuiKOR Panipak WongpattanakitTHA Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #4 Yasmina AziezFRA Lucija ZaninovićCRO Final Score (4 - 3)

Semi-Finals (17 August 2016 — 17:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Tijana BogdanovićSRB Itzel ManjarrezMEX Final Score (10 - 0)
Match #2 Kim So-HuiKOR Yasmina AziezFRA Sudden Death (Round 4, 01:57)

Repêchage Round One (18 August 2016 — 20:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Patimat AbakarovaAZE Wu JingyuCHN Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #2 Panipak WongpattanakitTHA Julissa DíezPER Final Score (4 - 2)

Bronze Medal Matches (18 August 2016 — 21:00)

Match #1 Patimat AbakarovaAZE Yasmina AziezFRA Final Score (7 - 2)
Match #2 Panipak WongpattanakitTHA Itzel ManjarrezMEX Superiority (15 - 3)

Final Round (18 August 2016 — 22:00)

Match 1/2 Kim So-HuiKOR Tijana BogdanovićSRB Final Score (7 - 6)