Taekwondo

Facts

Discipline of Taekwondo
Participants 470
NOCs 105
Competitions held 40 (Venues)
Distinct events 26
IF World Taekwondo

Description

The Korean sport of taekwondo first appeared on the Olympic stage in Korea, as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It reappeared as a demonstration in 1992, before being granted official status for the 2000 Games. In order to limit the number of total Olympic competitors, just four weight categories were contested per gender, while eight are held at World Championships. In the four times taekwondo has been contested at the Olympics, three fighters have each earned two golds and a bronze: Hadi Saei (Iran), Steven Lopez (US), and Hwang Gyeong-Seon (South Korea).

Taekwondo is governed worldwide by the World Taekwondo (WT), previously known as World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), which was formed on 28 May 1973 in Seoul. On 17 July 1980 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized the federation on the 83rd IOC session in Moskva. As of 2018 WT has 208 member nations affiliated.

All-time medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Republic of Korea KOR 12 2 5 19
People's Republic of China CHN 7 1 2 10
United States USA 2 2 5 9
Mexico MEX 2 2 3 7
Chinese Taipei TPE 2 1 5 8
Great Britain GBR 2 1 3 6
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 2 1 3 6
Spain ESP 1 4 1 6
Turkey TUR 1 3 3 7
Greece GRE 1 3 0 4
Cuba CUB 1 2 2 5
Italy ITA 1 1 1 3
Australia AUS 1 1 0 2
Serbia SRB 1 1 0 2
Azerbaijan AZE 1 0 2 3
Côte d'Ivoire CIV 1 0 1 2
Argentina ARG 1 0 0 1
Jordan JOR 1 0 0 1
France FRA 0 3 4 7
Thailand THA 0 2 3 5
Russian Federation RUS 0 2 2 4
Norway NOR 0 2 0 2
Canada CAN 0 1 1 2
Dominican Republic DOM 0 1 1 2
Germany GER 0 1 1 2
Gabon GAB 0 1 0 1
Niger NIG 0 1 0 1
Vietnam VIE 0 1 0 1
Croatia CRO 0 0 3 3
Afghanistan AFG 0 0 2 2
Brazil BRA 0 0 2 2
Egypt EGY 0 0 2 2
Venezuela VEN 0 0 2 2
Colombia COL 0 0 1 1
Japan JPN 0 0 1 1
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 0 1 1
Nigeria NGR 0 0 1 1
Tunisia TUN 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Hadi Saei IRI 2 0 1 3
Steven Lopez USA 2 0 1 3
Hwang Gyeong-Seon KOR 2 0 1 3
Chen Zhong CHN 2 0 0 2
Wu Jingyu CHN 2 0 0 2
Jade Jones GBR 2 0 0 2
María Espinoza MEX 1 1 1 3
Chu Mu-Yen TPE 1 0 1 2
Servet Tazegül TUR 1 0 1 2
Ja Dong-Min KOR 1 0 1 2
Joel González ESP 1 0 1 2

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Flyweight Men 7
Featherweight Men 7
Welterweight Men 7
Heavyweight Men 7
Flyweight Women 7
Featherweight Women 7
Welterweight Women 7
Heavyweight Women 7
≤48 kilograms Boys 2
≤55 kilograms Boys 2
≤63 kilograms Boys 2
≤73 kilograms Boys 2
>73 kilograms Boys 2
≤44 kilograms Girls 2
≤49 kilograms Girls 2
≤55 kilograms Girls 2
≤63 kilograms Girls 2
>63 kilograms Girls 2
Finweight Men 2
Bantamweight Men 2
Lightweight Men 2
Middleweight Men 2
Finweight Women 2
Bantamweight Women 2
Lightweight Women 2
Middleweight Women 2