| Event type

Heavyweight (>67 kilograms), Women

Date20 – 21 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.

The women’s heavyweight division contained the most diverse selection of fighters in Rio, and picking a winner in advance was no easy task. The 2008 champion María Espinoza of Mexico could only win bronze at London in 2012m=, but was the top seed in Rio and had a good chance of regaining her title. Standing in her way was the tall number two seed, China’s Zheng Shuyin, who came into the Games with a good recent run of success behind her. She won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships and won the 2015 Grand Prix Series final. She also possessed a good varied collection of kicks in her armoury. Britain’s number three seed Bianca “Queen Bee” Walkden was hit with injury in 2014 but bounced back to win the 2015 World Championship, but she had lost three times to Zheng. Walkden’s boyfriend was the British-born welterweight Aaron Cook, who represented Moldova in Rio. The 2012 gold medallist Milica Mandić of Serbia, who won a silver medal at the 2016 European Championships, was one of the most popular people in taekwondo and was seeded at number six.

Walkden had the biggest win of the opening round, winning 14-1 against Samantha Kassman of Papua New Guinea. The top two seeds also progressed to the quarter-final and top seed Espinoza came through to the last four after a sudden-death win, and her semi-final against Jackie Galloway of the USA was even closer. After four rounds it was 0-0 and the top seed won though on the superiority ruling.

In the other half of the draw Zheng and Walkden met in the semi-final meaning the top four seeds contested the two semis. After a very close contest that went to sudden-death, Zheng won it with a head kick. Walkden had some consolation by taking the bronze medal while Galloway won the other bronze medal match. Zheng controlled the final against the two-time Olympic medallist Maria Espinoza and ran out the 5-1 winner. Espinoza’s silver added to her gold in Beijing and bronze in London for a full set of medals.

1Zheng ShuyinCHNGold
2María EspinozaMEXSilver
=3Bianca WalkdenGBRBronze
=3Jackie GallowayUSABronze
=5Wiam DislamMAR
=5Gwladys ÉpangueFRA
=7Kirstie AloraPHI
=7Nisha RawalNEP
=9Milica MandićSRB
=9Reshmie OoginkNED
=11Sorn SeavmeyCAM
=11Katherine RodríguezDOM
=11Mamina KonéCIV
=11Samantha KassmanPNG
=11Crystal WeekesPUR
=11Tina Røe SkaarNOR

Round One

Date20 August 2016 — 9:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #120 Aug 9:00Reshmie OoginkNEDFinal scoreSorn SeavmeyCAM
Match #220 Aug 9:30Wiam DislamMARFinal scoreKatherine RodríguezDOM
Match #320 Aug 10:00María EspinozaMEXFinal scoreKirstie AloraPHI
Match #420 Aug 10:30Zheng ShuyinCHNFinal scoreNisha RawalNEP
Match #520 Aug 11:00Gwladys ÉpangueFRAFinal scoreMamina KonéCIV
Match #620 Aug 11:30Milica MandićSRBFinal scoreTina Røe SkaarNOR
Match #720 Aug 12:00Bianca WalkdenGBRPoints gapSamantha KassmanPNG
Match #820 Aug 12:30Jackie GallowayUSAFinal scoreCrystal WeekesPUR


Date20 August 2016 — 15:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #120 Aug 15:00Jackie GallowayUSASuperiorityReshmie OoginkNED
Match #220 Aug 15:30María EspinozaMEXSudden deathWiam DislamMAR
Match #320 Aug 16:00Zheng ShuyinCHNFinal scoreGwladys ÉpangueFRA
Match #420 Aug 16:30Bianca WalkdenGBRFinal scoreMilica MandićSRB


Date20 August 2016 — 17:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final round.
Match #120 Aug 17:00María EspinozaMEXSuperiorityJackie GallowayUSA
Match #220 Aug 17:30Zheng ShuyinCHNSudden deathBianca WalkdenGBR

Repêchage Round One

Date21 August 2016 — 20:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the bronze medal match.
Match #121 Aug 20:00Wiam DislamMARFinal scoreKirstie AloraPHI
Match #221 Aug 20:30Gwladys ÉpangueFRAFinal scoreNisha RawalNEP

Final Round

Date21 August 2016 — 22:00
Match 1/221 Aug 22:00Zheng ShuyinCHNFinal scoreMaría EspinozaMEX
Match 3/521 Aug 21:00Bianca WalkdenGBRFinal scoreWiam DislamMAR
Match 3/521 Aug 21:30Jackie GallowayUSAFinal scoreGwladys ÉpangueFRA