Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics

Taekwondo was contested as an official sport at the Olympic Games for the first time at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. It had previously been a demonstration sport in 1988 and 1992. Medals were awarded in four weight classes each for men and women. Tran Hieu Ngan became the first Vietnamese Olympic medalist in this competition.[1]

at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Competitors103 from 51 nations
← 1992
2004 →
Taekwondo was held at the State Sports Centre in Sydney Olympic Park.


Medal summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight (58 kg)
Michail Mouroutsos
Gabriel Esparza
Huang Chih-hsiung
  Chinese Taipei
Lightweight (68 kg)
Steven López
  United States
Sin Joon-sik
  South Korea
Hadi Saei
Middleweight (80 kg)
Ángel Matos
Faissal Ebnoutalib
Víctor Estrada
Heavyweight (+80 kg)
Kim Kyong-hun
  South Korea
Daniel Trenton
Pascal Gentil

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight (49 kg)
Lauren Burns
Urbia Melendez
Chi Shu-ju
  Chinese Taipei
Lightweight (57 kg)
Jung Jae-eun
  South Korea
Tran Hieu Ngan
Hamide Bıkçın Tosun
Middleweight (67 kg)
Lee Sun-hee
  South Korea
Trude Gundersen
Yoriko Okamoto
Heavyweight (+67 kg)
Chen Zhong
Natalia Ivanova
Dominique Bosshart

Medal tableEdit

1  South Korea (KOR)3104
2  Australia (AUS)1102
  Cuba (CUB)1102
4  China (CHN)1001
  Greece (GRE)1001
  United States (USA)1001
7  Germany (GER)0101
  Norway (NOR)0101
  Russia (RUS)0101
  Spain (ESP)0101
  Vietnam (VIE)0101
12  Chinese Taipei (TPE)0022
13  Canada (CAN)0011
  France (FRA)0011
  Iran (IRI)0011
  Japan (JPN)0011
  Mexico (MEX)0011
  Turkey (TUR)0011
Totals (18 nations)88824

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 103 taekwondo jins from 51 nations competed at the Sydney Games:


  • Bronze medalist Chi Shu-Ju, Hamide Bıkçın Tosun, Hadi Saei and Pascal Gentil complained to the media about what they perceived as biased refereeing which made them lose their possible gold medal.[2][3] Pascal Gentil even refused to be photographed with his fellow medalists Kim Kyong-Hun and Daniel Trenton in the medal ceremony. Gold medalist Steven López revealed some inside story from his viewpoint in his family's 2009 book, Family Power: The True Story of How "The First Family of Taekwondo" Made Olympic History.[4]


  1. ^ "Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Games - ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC Grandstand Sport.
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | MARTIAL ARTS | Medal first for Vietnam".
  4. ^ 《Family Power: The True Story of How "The First Family of Taekwondo" Made Olympic History》,Mark López, Steven López, Diana López,ISBN 978-0451228512

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