Carlo Massimino

Carlo Massimino (born 14 May 1976 in Brisbane) is an Australian taekwondo practitioner, who competed in the men's featherweight category.[1] He captured a bronze medal in the 67-kg division at the 2002 Asian Taekwondo Championships in Amman, Jordan, and represented his nation Australia in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004). Before his sporting career ended in late 2004, Massimino trained full-time for Hall's Taekwondo Academy in Brisbane, under head coach and master Martin Hall.[2]

Carlo Massimino
Personal information
Full nameCarlo Massimino
Nationality Australia
Born (1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 47)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Event(s)68 kg
ClubHall's Taekwondo
Coached byMartin Hall
Medal record
Men's taekwondo
Representing  Australia
Asian Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Amman 67 kg

Massimino made his official debut, as part of the home nation squad, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he competed in the men's featherweight class (68 kg). He handily defeated Spain's Francisco Zas by a marginal judging decision in his opening match, before bowing out in a 1–1 draw to U.S. taekwondo jin and eventual Olympic champion Steven López. Spurred on by the noise of his Aussie fans, Massimino redeemed himself from a premature exit to edge past Italy's Claudio Nolano 9–7, but came to a dramatic halt with a narrow 5–6 defeat to Iran's Hadi Saei in the repechage round, relegating Massimino to fifth.[3][4]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Massimino qualified for his second Aussie team in the men's featherweight class (68 kg), by placing second behind Iran's Hadi Saei and granting a berth from the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.[5][6] Massimino opened his match with a more satisfying 7–2 victory over Tunisia's Mohamed Omrani in the prelims, before he was dangerously beaten by Guatemalan fighter and two-time Olympian Gabriel Sagastume in the quarterfinal match 4–5. With Sagastume losing the semifinal to Chinese Taipei's Huang Chih-hsiung, Massimino denied his opportunity to compete in the repechage rounds.[7][8]

Shortly after his second Olympics, Massimino firmly made his decision to retire from competitive taekwondo, and focus instead on fulfilling his dream of opening up a taekwondo centre in honor of his name, which progressively became one of Australia's fastest growing sport academies.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Carlo Massimino". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ "South Korea's Taekwondo squad aims for gold". Radio Australia. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000: Taekwondo – Men's Flyweight (58kg)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 47–51. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Back kick connects late for a key point". ESPN. 28 September 2000. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Athens 2004: Taekwondo – Men's Entry List by NOC" (PDF). Athens 2004. LA84 Foundation. pp. 2–4. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Olympics tae kwon do team chosen". ABC News Australia. 30 April 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Taekwondo – Men's Featherweight (68kg/150lbs) Quarterfinals". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 12 August 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Aussie knocked out in taekwondo quarters". ABC News Australia. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

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