Taekwondo at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 80 kg

The men's 80 kg competition in taekwondo at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens took place on August 26 at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex.

Men's 80 kg
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueFaliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex
Date28 August
Competitors16 from 16 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Steven López  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Bahri Tanrıkulu  Turkey
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Yousef Karami  Iran
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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.[1][2] Iran's Yousef Karami rallied for a tight 9–8 victory over Azerbaijan's Rashad Ahmadov to grab the bronze medal.[3]

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.[4]


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 28 August 2004 11:00
Preliminary Round


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

Main bracketEdit

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


  1. ^ "Lopez captures taekwondo gold". USA Today. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Lopez Wins Taekwondo Gold". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Iran's Karami bags Olympics taekwondo bronze". Payvand. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Taekwondo – Competition format". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2014.

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