Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 68 kg

The men's 58 kg competition in taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney took place on September 27 at the State Sports Centre.

Men's 68 kg
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueState Sports Centre
Date28 September
Competitors14 from 14 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Steven López  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sin Joon-Sik  South Korea
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Hadi Saei  Iran
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U.S. taekwondo jin Steven López came from behind in the final round to dodge a 1–1 draw and risk penalties for aggression over South Korea's Sin Joon-sik for the gold medal in the men's featherweight class.[1][2] Meanwhile, Iranian fighter Hadi Saei edged his Turkish-born Austrian opponent Tuncay Çalışkan 4–2 to earn a bronze.

Competition formatEdit

The main bracket consisted of a single elimination tournament, culminating in the gold medal match. The taekwondo fighters eliminated in earlier rounds by the two finalists of the main bracket advanced directly to the repechage tournament. These matches determined the bronze medal winner for the event.[3]


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 28 September 2000 09:00
Preliminary Round


Athlete Nation
Alejandro Hernando   Argentina
Hsu Chi-hung   Chinese Taipei
Hadi Saei   Iran
Sin Joon-sik   South Korea
Tuncay Çalışkan   Austria
Nizar Naeeli   Libya
Aslander Dzitiev   Russia
Francisco Zas   Spain
Carlo Massimino   Australia
Steven López   United States
Claudio Nolano   Italy
Aziz Acharki   Germany
Stanislas Ogoudjobi   Benin
Olivier Bernasconi   Monaco


  • KO — Won by knockout
  • PTG — Won by points gap
  • SUP — Won by superiority
  • OT — Won on over time (Golden Point)
  • WO — Walkover

Main bracketEdit

Preliminary round Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
          Alejandro Hernando (ARG) 0  
  Hsu Chi-hung (TPE) 2       Hadi Saei (IRI) 3  
  Hadi Saei (IRI) 5         Hadi Saei (IRI) 3  
  Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 7         Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 5  
  Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 3       Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 9  
  Nizar Naeeli (LBA) 3       Aslander Dzitiev (RUS) 1  
  Aslander Dzitiev (RUS) 12         Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 0
  Francisco Zas (ESP) 3         Steven López (USA) 1
  Carlo Massimino (AUS) 3+       Carlo Massimino (AUS) 1  
  Steven López (USA) 7       Steven López (USA) 1+  
  Claudio Nolano (ITA) 0         Steven López (USA) 2  
  Aziz Acharki (GER) 7         Aziz Acharki (GER) 0  
  Stanislas Ogoudjobi (BEN) 0       Aziz Acharki (GER) 15      
          Olivier Bernasconi (MON) 1      


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Bronze medal match
        Hadi Saei (IRI) 6  
  Carlo Massimino (AUS) 9       Carlo Massimino (AUS) 5  
  Claudio Nolano (ITA) 7         Hadi Saei (IRI) 4
      Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 2
        Aziz Acharki (GER) 7
  Aslander Dzitiev (RUS) 0       Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 7+  
  Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 6  


  1. ^ Baranger, Walter (29 September 2000). "Sydney 2000 – Taekwondo: Lopez Takes Gold". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Gold for Lopez a First for U.S." Los Angeles Times. 29 September 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Taekwondo – Competition format". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2014.

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