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 have been contested per gender, while eight are held at World Championships.

At the Olympics the sports has been dominated by Korea, with 19 medals and 12 gold medals, and China, with 10 medals and 7 gold medals. Three taekwondoka have earned two golds and a bronze: Hadi Saei (Iran), Steven Lopez (US), and Hwang Gyeong-Seon (South Korea), with María Espinoza also winning three medals, with one of each color.

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 at the 83rd IOC Session in Moskva. As of 2020 World Taekwondo has 210 member nations affiliated.

All-time medal table

Olympic Games

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

Youth Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Islamic Republic of Iran IRI 6 2 1 9
Russian Federation RUS 5 2 2 9
Republic of Korea KOR 4 3 2 9
Thailand THA 3 1 0 4
Chinese Taipei TPE 2 2 1 5
People's Republic of China CHN 2 0 6 8
United States USA 1 1 2 4
Azerbaijan AZE 1 1 1 3
Morocco MAR 1 1 0 2
France FRA 1 0 3 4
Great Britain GBR 1 0 2 3
Brazil BRA 1 0 1 2
Croatia CRO 1 0 1 2
Israel ISR 1 0 0 1
Germany GER 0 3 1 4
Mexico MEX 0 2 4 6
Belgium BEL 0 2 2 4
Ukraine UKR 0 2 2 4
Uzbekistan UZB 0 2 0 2
Turkey TUR 0 1 3 4
Jordan JOR 0 1 2 3
Vietnam VIE 0 1 1 2
Kazakhstan KAZ 0 1 0 1
Portugal POR 0 1 0 1
Serbia SRB 0 1 0 1
Canada CAN 0 0 3 3
Egypt EGY 0 0 2 2
Italy ITA 0 0 2 2
Singapore SGP 0 0 2 2
Spain ESP 0 0 2 2
Afghanistan AFG 0 0 1 1
Argentina ARG 0 0 1 1
Colombia COL 0 0 1 1
Cuba CUB 0 0 1 1
Ecuador ECU 0 0 1 1
Greece GRE 0 0 1 1
Lebanon LBN 0 0 1 1
Netherlands NED 0 0 1 1
Niger NIG 0 0 1 1
Sweden SWE 0 0 1 1
Tajikistan TJK 0 0 1 1
Tunisia TUN 0 0 1 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

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
Cha Dong-Min KOR 1 0 1 2
Joel González ESP 1 0 1 2

Youth Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Jade Jones GBR 1 0 0 1
Zheng Shuyin CHN 1 0 0 1
Kimia Alizadeh IRI 1 0 0 1
Panipak Wongpattanakit THA 1 0 0 1
Huang Huai-Hsuan TPE 1 0 0 1
Jeon Soo-Yeon KOR 1 0 0 1
Anastasiya Valuyeva RUS 1 0 0 1
Worawong Pongpanit THA 1 0 0 1
Liu Chang CHN 1 0 0 1
Kaveh Rezaei IRI 1 0 0 1
Gili Haimovitz ISR 1 0 0 1
Kim Jin-Hak KOR 1 0 0 1
Seo Byeong-Deok KOR 1 0 0 1
Ivana Babić CRO 1 0 0 1
Kendall Yount USA 1 0 0 1
Səid Quliyev AZE 1 0 0 1
Edival Pontes BRA 1 0 0 1
Yohan Miangué FRA 1 0 0 1
Mahdi Eshaghi IRI 1 0 0 1
Huang Yu-Jen TPE 1 0 0 1
Mohammad Ali Eshkevarian IRI 1 0 0 1
Mohammadali Khosravi IRI 1 0 0 1
Cho Won-Hui KOR 1 0 0 1
Georgy Popov RUS 1 0 0 1
Dmitry Shishko RUS 1 0 0 1
Yalda Valinejad IRI 1 0 0 1
Fatima-Ezzahra Aboufaras MAR 1 0 0 1
Yelizaveta Ryadninskaya RUS 1 0 0 1
Polina Shcherbakova RUS 1 0 0 1
Kanthida Saengsin THA 1 0 0 1

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 3
≤55 kilograms Boys 3
≤63 kilograms Boys 3
≤73 kilograms Boys 3
>73 kilograms Boys 3
≤44 kilograms Girls 3
≤49 kilograms Girls 3
≤55 kilograms Girls 3
≤63 kilograms Girls 3
>63 kilograms Girls 3
Finweight Men 2
Bantamweight Men 2
Lightweight Men 2
Middleweight Men 2
Finweight Women 2
Bantamweight Women 2
Lightweight Women 2
Middleweight Women 2