| 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.

1Kim So-HuiKORGold
2Tijana BogdanovićSRBSilver
=3Patimat AbakarovaAZEBronze
=3Panipak WongpattanakitTHABronze
=5Yasmina AziezFRA
=5Itzel ManjarrezMEX
=7Wu JingyuCHN
=7Julissa DíezPER
=9Iris SingBRA
=9Lucija ZaninovićCRO
=11Maria AndradeCPV
=11Monica PimentelARU
=11Rosa Keleku LukusaCOD
=11Andrea KildayNZL
=11Aynur YesbergenovaKAZ
=11Huang Huai-HsuanTPE

Round One

Date17 August 2016 — 9:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #117 Aug 9:00Iris SingBRAFinal scoreAndrea KildayNZL
Match #217 Aug 9:30Itzel ManjarrezMEXFinal scoreRosa Keleku LukusaCOD
Match #317 Aug 10:00Tijana BogdanovićSRBFinal scorePatimat AbakarovaAZE
Match #417 Aug 10:30Wu JingyuCHNFinal scoreHuang Huai-HsuanTPE
Match #517 Aug 11:00Panipak WongpattanakitTHAPoints gapMaria AndradeCPV
Match #617 Aug 11:30Kim So-HuiKORFinal scoreJulissa DíezPER
Match #717 Aug 12:00Yasmina AziezFRAFinal scoreMonica PimentelARU
Match #817 Aug 12:30Lucija ZaninovićCROFinal scoreAynur YesbergenovaKAZ


Date17 August 2016 — 15:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #117 Aug 15:00Itzel ManjarrezMEXFinal scoreIris SingBRA
Match #217 Aug 15:30Tijana BogdanovićSRBFinal scoreWu JingyuCHN
Match #317 Aug 16:00Kim So-HuiKORFinal scorePanipak WongpattanakitTHA
Match #417 Aug 16:30Yasmina AziezFRAFinal scoreLucija ZaninovićCRO


Date17 August 2016 — 17:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #117 Aug 17:00Tijana BogdanovićSRBFinal scoreItzel ManjarrezMEX
Match #217 Aug 17:30Kim So-HuiKORSudden deathYasmina AziezFRA

Repêchage Round One

Date18 August 2016 — 20:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #118 Aug 20:00Patimat AbakarovaAZEFinal scoreWu JingyuCHN
Match #218 Aug 20:30Panipak WongpattanakitTHAFinal scoreJulissa DíezPER

Final Round

Date18 August 2016 — 22:00
Match 1/218 Aug 22:00Kim So-HuiKORFinal scoreTijana BogdanovićSRB
Match 3/518 Aug 21:00Patimat AbakarovaAZEFinal scoreYasmina AziezFRA
Match 3/518 Aug 21:30Panipak WongpattanakitTHAPoints gapItzel ManjarrezMEX