Taekwondo at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's +80 kg

The men's +80 kg competition in taekwondo at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing took place on August 23 at the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium.

Men's +80 kg
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium
Date23 August 2008
Competitors16 from 16 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Cha Dong-Min  South Korea
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alexandros Nikolaidis  Greece
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Chika Chukwumerije  Nigeria
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Arman Chilmanov  Kazakhstan
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Cuban competitor Ángel Valodia Matos was leading 3-2 in the bronze medal bout against Kazakhstan's Arman Chilmanov, until he apparently suffered a broken toe and was subsequently ruled to have retired after the allotted one minute of injury time expired. After a brief argument, Matos kicked referee Chakir Chelbat in the face, punched a judge in the arm and spat on the floor of the arena before he and his coach, Leudin González, who had criticized the referee's ruling as too strict and also accused Kazakhstan of bribing officials, were escorted out by security.

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) subsequently banned Matos and González from WTF sanctioned events for life, and ordered Matos's results from the Beijing Games be deleted from the records. As Chelbat received a cut lip that required seven stitches, the WTF also considered taking legal action against the Cuban team.

Competition formatEdit

The main bracket consisted of a single elimination tournament, culminating in the gold medal match. Two bronze medals were awarded at the taekwondo competitions. A repechage was used to determine the bronze medal winners. Every competitor who lost to one of the two finalists competed in the repechage, another single-elimination competition. Each semifinal loser faced the last remaining repechage competitor from the opposite half of the bracket in a bronze medal match.[1]


All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 23 August 2008 11:00
Preliminary Round

Qualifying AthletesEdit

Athlete Country
Chika Chukwumerije   Nigeria
Nguyen Van Hung   Vietnam
Mickael Borot   France
Daba Modibo Keita   Mali
Alexandros Nikolaidis   Greece
Arman Chilmanov   Kazakhstan
Abdelkader Zrouri   Morocco
Juan Díaz   Venezuela
Matthew Beach   New Zealand
Liu Xiaobo   China
Leonardo Basile   Italy
Ángel Matos   Cuba
Akmal Irgashev   Uzbekistan
Jon Garcia   Spain
Kristopher Moitland   Costa Rica
Cha Dong-Min   South Korea


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

Main bracketEdit

Preliminary round Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
1   Chika Chukwumerije (NGR) 3
16   Nguyen Van Hung (VIE) 1
  Chika Chukwumerije (NGR) 1
  Daba Modibo Keita (MLI) 0
8   Mickael Borot (FRA) 5
9   Daba Modibo Keita (MLI) 6
  Chika Chukwumerije (NGR) 2
  Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE) 3
5   Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE) 4
12   Arman Chilmanov (KAZ) 3
  Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE) 5
  Abdelkader Zrouri (MAR) 4
4   Abdelkader Zrouri (MAR) KO
13   Juan Díaz (VEN) 1:40-2
  Alexandros Nikolaidis (GRE) 4
  Cha Dong-Min (KOR) 5
6   Matthew Beach (NZL) 1
11   Liu Xiaobo (CHN) 4
  Liu Xiaobo (CHN) 1
  Ángel Matos (CUB) 2
3   Leonardo Basile (ITA) 1
14   Ángel Matos (CUB) 3
  Ángel Matos (CUB) 0
  Cha Dong-Min (KOR) 1
7   Akmal Irgashev (UZB) 11
10   Jon Garcia (ESP) 10
  Akmal Irgashev (UZB) 0
  Cha Dong-Min (KOR) 2
2   Kristopher Moitland (CRC) −2
15   Cha Dong-Min (KOR) 1


Round 1   Bronze medal match
  Akmal Irgashev (UZB) 6    
  Kristopher Moitland (CRC) 5       Akmal Irgashev (UZB) 3
      Chika Chukwumerije (NGR) 4
      Ángel Matos (CUB) DSQ
  Arman Chilmanov (KAZ)       Arman Chilmanov (KAZ)
  Abdelkader Zrouri (MAR) WO    


  1. ^ "Taekwondo – Competition format". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 4 February 2013.