|Men's 80 kg|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex|
|Competitors||16 from 16 nations|
Moving up to 12 kg heavier than his weight in Sydney four years earlier, U.S. taekwondo jin Steven López defied his odds to crush and heavily kick Turkey's Bahri Tanrıkulu with a score 3–0 for his second Olympic gold. Iran's Yousef Karami rallied for a tight 9–8 victory over Azerbaijan's Rashad Ahmadov to grab the bronze medal.
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.
All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
|Saturday, 28 August 2004||11:00
- PTG — Won by points gap
- KO — Won by knockout
- SUP — Won by superiority
- OT — Won on over time (Golden Point)
- WO — Walkover
|Preliminary round||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Gold medal match|
|Christophe Negrel (FRA)||13|
|Patrick Stevens (NED)||10||Christophe Negrel (FRA)||17|
|Rashad Ahmadov (AZE)||10||Rashad Ahmadov (AZE)||24|
|Chinedum Osuji (TRI)||3||Rashad Ahmadov (AZE)||6|
|Bahri Tanrıkulu (TUR)||9+||Bahri Tanrıkulu (TUR)||6+|
|Donald Geisler (PHI)||9||Bahri Tanrıkulu (TUR)||6|
|Hichem Hamdouni (TUN)||16||Hichem Hamdouni (TUN)||4|
|Jacob Obiorah (NGR)||11||Bahri Tanrıkulu (TUR)||0|
|Craig Brown (GBR)||6||Steven López (USA)||3|
|Daniel Trenton (AUS)||12||Daniel Trenton (AUS)||9|
|Kriangkrai Noikoed (THA)||12||Yousef Karami (IRI)||13|
|Yousef Karami (IRI)||16||Yousef Karami (IRI)||6|
|Raid Rasheed (IRQ)||0||Steven López (USA)||7|
|Steven López (USA)||12||Steven López (USA)||4|
|Víctor Estrada (MEX)||8||Víctor Estrada (MEX)||2|
|Ángel Matos (CUB)||7|
|Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Bronze medal match|
|Rashad Ahmadov (AZE)||9+|
|Víctor Estrada (MEX)||WO||Víctor Estrada (MEX)||9|
|Raid Rasheed (IRQ)||Rashad Ahmadov (AZE)||8|
|Yousef Karami (IRI)||9|
|Yousef Karami (IRI)||12|
|Hichem Hamdouni (TUN)||RSC||Hichem Hamdouni (TUN)||4|
|Donald Geisler (PHI)||1:41-2|
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