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Welterweight (≤67 kilograms), Women

Date19 – 20 August 2016
StatusOlympic
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.

With the 2008 and 2012 champion, South Korea’s Hwang Gyeong-Seon, not taking part in Rio, the battle for gold favored Haby Niaré of France, the 2013 world champion and top seed in Rio. Known as “Abigator” by her team-mates, she had a great 2015 season capped with a Grand Series Final win. She was known for her famous and rare ‘scorpion kick’ to the head from close range.

The second seed, Elin Johansson of Sweden, reached the quarter-final in London in 2012 and was a bronze medallist at the 2015 European Games and was renowned for her powerful head attacks. Also in contention was the highly experienced 2015 world champion Chuang Chia-Chia of Chinese Taipei, who was the third seed. Nur Tatar of Turkey was another experienced fighter and was seeded fourth. She won the silver medal in 2012 and was also a silver medallist in the 2015 World and 2016 European Championships. Another one to watch was the reigning 73kg World Champion Oh Hye-Ri of South Korea, who lost weight in order compete in the welterweight division and consequently was one of the stronger fighters in this division, which also featured 17-year- old Nigora Tursunkulova of Uzbekistan. the youngest competitor in the entire taekwondo competition.

Nairé scraped through her opening bout 5-4 against Aniya Louissant of Haiti but Elin Johansson lost on superiority to the youngster Tursunkulova (after drawing 2-2), and Chuang Chia-chia and Oh Hye-ri progressed to the quarter-finals with relative ease. It was another close 5-4 win for Niaré in the quarters, this time against Ruth Gbagbi of the Ivory Coast, as she set up a semi-final meeting with Turkey’s Tatar. This time the Niaré was taken to sudden-death before winning through to the final. The other semi-final saw Hye-ri, who beat Chia-Chia 21-9 in the quarters, pitched against Fəridə Əzizova of Azerbaijan, who ended the dreams of the 17-year-old Tursunkulova. It was the South Korean Oh Hye-ri who went on to meet Niaré in the final after a narrow 6-5 victory.

The number one seed Niaré had to endure yet another close encounter, but this time she lost and had to settle for the silver medal after a 12-13 defeat by the sixth seeded Korean. Niaré led 1-0 after the first round with a later kick. The French woman scored early in the second but two quick kicking attacks and knocking Niaré to the ground saw Hye-ri built 10-4 lead in round two. Nairé attacked in the final round but, despite winning it 8-3, she lost the contest by one point.

The bronze medals went to Nur Tatur and the number nine seed Ruth Gbagbi, who made history as the first Ivory Coast athlete to win a Taekwondo medal, as she became only the second athlete from her country to win an Olympic medal after track athlete Gabriel Tiacoh won the 400 metres silver medal in 1984. Remarkably, after a 32-year wait for their second Olympic medal, Ivory Coast won their third medal just over an hour later when Cheick Sallah Cissé in the men’s taekwondo welterweight division gave his country not only its third medal but its first ever Olympic gold.

PosNrFighterNOC
1506Oh Hye-RiKORGold
2501Haby NiaréFRASilver
=3504Nur TatarTURBronze
=3509Ruth GbagbiCIVBronze
=5503Chuang Chia-ChiaTPE
=5510Fəridə ƏzizovaAZE
=7516Aniya LouissaintHAI
=7511Melissa PagnottaCAN
=9512Rabia GülecGER
=9515Nigora TursunkulovaUZB
=11505Anastasiya BaryshnikovaRUS
=11514Zhansel DenizKAZ
=11502Elin JohanssonSWE
=11508Seham El-SawalhyEGY
=11513Carmen MartonAUS
=11507Paige McPhersonUSA

Round One (19 August 2016 — 09:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Nur TatarTUR Carmen MartonAUS Final Score (11 - 1)
Match #2 Rabia GülecGER Anastasiya BaryshnikovaRUS Final Score (9 - 8)
Match #3 Ruth GbagbiCIV Seham El-SawalhyEGY Final Score (4 - 3)
Match #4 Haby NiaréFRA Aniya LouissaintHAI Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #5 Nigora TursunkulovaUZB Elin JohanssonSWE Superiority (2 - 2)
Match #6 Fəridə ƏzizovaAZE Paige McPhersonUSA Final Score (6 - 5)
Match #7 Oh Hye-RiKOR Melissa PagnottaCAN Final Score (9 - 3)
Match #8 Chuang Chia-ChiaTPE Zhansel DenizKAZ Superiority (16 - 2)

Quarter-Finals (19 August 2016 — 15:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Nur TatarTUR Rabia GülecGER Final Score (5 - 1)
Match #2 Haby NiaréFRA Ruth GbagbiCIV Final Score (5 - 4)
Match #3 Fəridə ƏzizovaAZE Nigora TursunkulovaUZB Final Score (5 - 1)
Match #4 Oh Hye-RiKOR Chuang Chia-ChiaTPE Superiority (21 - 9)

Semi-Finals (19 August 2016 — 17:00)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Haby NiaréFRA Nur TatarTUR Sudden Death (Round 4, 1:27)
Match #2 Oh Hye-RiKOR Fəridə ƏzizovaAZE Final Score (6 - 5)

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

Winner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Ruth GbagbiCIV Aniya LouissaintHAI Final Score (7 - 2)
Match #2 Chuang Chia-ChiaTPE Melissa PagnottaCAN Final Score (4 - 1)

Bronze Medal Matches (20 August 2016 — 21:00)

Match #1 Nur TatarTUR Chuang Chia-ChiaTPE Final Score (7 - 3)
Match #2 Ruth GbagbiCIV Fəridə ƏzizovaAZE Final Score (7 - 1)

Final Round (20 August 2016 — 22:00)

Match 1/2 Oh Hye-RiKOR Haby NiaréFRA Final Score (13 - 12)