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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.

Taekwondo
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
TaekwondoPictogram2000.jpg
Competitors103 from 51 nations
← 1992
2004 →
Taekwondo was held at the State Sports Centre in Sydney Olympic Park.

QualificationEdit

TimelineEdit

Event Location Date
1999 World Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament   Poreč July 8–10, 1999
1999 African Regional Qualification Tournament   Johannesburg September 9–10, 1999
1999 Asian and Oceanian Regional Qualification Tournament   Manila September 25–26, 1999
1999 Pan-American Regional Qualification Tournament   Miami October 2–3, 1999
1999 European Regional Qualification Tournament   Stockholm October 16–17, 1999

QualifiedEdit

Men
Competition Vacancies Qualified
-58 kg -68 kg -80 kg +80 kg
1999 World Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament 4   Huang Chih-hsiung
  Gabriel Esparza
  Kiyoteru Higuchi
  Younès Sekkat
  Hadi Saei
  Tuncay Çalışkan
  Aziz Acharki
  Claudio Nolano
  Muhammed Dahmani
  Marcel More
  Víctor Estrada
  Faissal Ebnoutalib
  Pascal Gentil
  Kim Je-kyoung
  Yahia Rashwan
  Colin Daley
1999 African Regional Qualification Tournament 1   Talaat Abada   Stanislas Ogoudjobi   Mokete Mokhosi   Donald Ravenscroft
1999 Asian and Oceanian Regional Qualification Tournament 2   Roberto Cruz
  Naser Buftain
  Kim Byung-uk
  Hsu Chi-hung
  Majid Aflaki
  Donald Geisler
  Khaled Al-Dosari
  Zhang Weiyong
1999 Pan-American Regional Qualification Tournament 2   Jason Torres
  Gabriel Taraburelli
  Alejandro Hernando
  Steven López
  Ángel Matos
  Félipe Soto
  Carlos Delgado
  Nelson Saenz
1999 European Regional Qualification Tournament 2   József Salim
  Michalis Mouroutsos
  Francisco Zas
  Aslander Dzitiev
  Roman Livaja
  Mario de Meo
  Marcus Thorén
  Alexandros Nikolaidis
Host Country 1   Paul Lyons   Carlo Massimino   Warren Hansen   Daniel Trenton
Wild Card/Invitation 2   Gabriel Sagastume
  Mfanukhona Dlamini
  Nizar Naeeli
  Olivier Bernasconi
  Mohamed Al-Fararjeh
 Sebastien Konan
  Milton Castro
Women
Competition Vacancies Qualified
-49 kg -57 kg -67 kg +67 kg
1999 World Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament 4   Kay Poe
  Döndü Güvenc
  Juana Wangsa Putri
  Nguyen Thi Xuan Mai
  Hamide Bıkçın Tosun
  Cristiana Corsi
  Hsu Chih-ling
  Kang Hae-Eun
  Cho Hyang-Mi
  Ireane Ruiz
  Mirjam Mueskens
  Sarah Stevenson
  Nastaša Vezmar
  Myriam Baverel
  Adriana Carmona
  Natalia Ivanova
1999 African Regional Qualification Tournament 1   Likeleli Thamae   Shimaa Afifi   Meriem Bidani   Mounia Bourguigue
1999 Asian and Oceanian Regional Qualification Tournament 2   Lai Huei-fang
  Eva Marie Ditan
  Tran Hieu Ngan
  Jasmin Strachan
  Zhang Huijing
  Yoriko Okamoto
  Chen Zhong
  Lee Wan Yuen
1999 Pan-American Regional Qualification Tournament 2   Yanelis Labrada
  Águeda Pérez
  Carmen Silva
  Cheryl Ann Sankar
  Barbara Kunkel
  Monica del Real
  Dominique Bosshart
  Sonallis Mayan
1999 European Regional Qualification Tournament 2   Fadime Helvacioglu
  Hanne Høgh Poulsen
  Virginia Lourens
  Areti Athanasopoulou
  Kirsimarja Koskinen
  Trude Gundersen
  Elena Benitez Morales
  Veera Liukkonen
Host Country 1   Lauren Burns   Cynthia Cameron   Lisa O'Keefe   Tanya White

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
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:

ControversiesEdit

  • 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.[1][2] 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.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Games - ABC Grandstand Sport (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC Grandstand Sport.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ 《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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