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Rio 2016 Olympic Games (G-20): Korea reigns as China, Great Britain and Azerbaijan shine over the rest

Rio 2016 Olympic Games (G-20): Korea reigns as China, Great Britain and Azerbaijan shine over the rest

Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
17-20 August 2016
G-20 category event
Medal Count

Round by round results: W-49 / M-58
Round by round results: W-57 / M-68
Round by round results: W-67 / M-80
Round by round results: M+80 / W+67
Day 1 – Report
China and Korea won the first two gold medals in Taekwondo at Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Shuai Zhao (CHN) and Sohui Kim (KOR) respectively clinched the Men’s -58 kg and Women’s -49 kg divisions on Wednesday at Carioca Arena 3.
Zhao took the highest step of the Men’s -58 kg podium after beating Tawin Hanprab from Thailand in a very tight final which ended with 6-4 on the scoreboard, while Kim grabbed the first title for Korea after defeating Tijana Bogdanovic from Serbia by 7-5 in another thriller of a match. Both Hanprab (THA) and Bogdanovic (SRB) had to content themselves with the silver medals of the day.
Zhao’s path to the gold medal started with a victory over Jesus Tortosa from Spain by 7-3 in the last 16 round, followed by another win in the Quarter-finals against Omar Hajjami from Morocco by 8-1. In the Semis, the Chinese got rid of Navarro from Mexico by 9-4 to secure a place in the big final.
Kim’s way to the Olympic glory started against Diez from Peru in the last 16 round, whom she ran over by a comfortable 10-2. After, the Korean representative had to face another Asian fighter, Wongpattanakit from Thailand, whom she defeated by a very close margin (6-5). In the Semis, she got rid of the French Aziez by 1-0 thanks to a golden point to jump to the big final.

W-49 kg final podium


Bronzes
The bronze medalists in Women’s -49 kg ended up being Panipak Wongpattanakit from Thailand and Patimat Abakarova from Azerbaijan. Both of them managed to qualify for the Repechage draw after an early defeat, but their opponents in these matches managed to get to the final, which opened them the door to the bronzes. The Thai representative lost to Sohui Kim (KOR) in the Quarter-finals by a close 6-5, while Abakarova couldn’t contain the other finalist, Tijana Bogdanovic from Serbia, who beat the Azeri by 3-2 in the Last 16 round fight. Once in the repechage draw, Abakarova clinched the podium after edging no other than the double Olympic champion Jinyu Wu by 4-3 in the first match, and the French Aziez in the second one by a clear 7-2. Wongpattanakit tasted bronze after getting rid of Diez from Peru in the last clash of the repechage phase, whom she defeated by 4-2, and after successfully battling against the Mexican representative Itzel Manjarrez in the crucial fight (15-3).
The lower step of the podium in Men’s -58 kg was finally occupied by Luisito Pie from Dominican Republic and Taehun Kim from Korea, who finished the repechage stage as the two succesful athletes. They had a significantly different start of the day, as Pie made his way to the Semis after beating Tuncat from Germany by disqualification in the Last 16 round and the Portuguese Rui Bragança in the Quarter-finals by 4-1, while Kim lost in his first appearance in Rio after being edged by one of the finalists, the Thai Hanprab by 12-10 in the Last 16 round. Once in the repechage stage, Pie clinched the podium after getting rid of Jesus Tortosa from Spain in the sudden death period, once the match had finished with 5-5 after the regular time. Kim confirmed the first medal for Korea after beating Khalil from Australia by 4-1 in the first clash and after confirming his superiority over Carlos Navarro from Mexico in the crucial fight for the medal (7-5).

M-58 kg final podium


Day 1 – Final Podiums
Women’s -49 kg
1 – Sohui Kim (KOR)
2 – Tijana Bogdanovic (SRB)
3 – Patimat Abakarova (AZE)
3 – Panipak Wongpattanakit (THA)
Men’s -58 kg
1 – Shuai Zhao (CHN)
2 – Tawin Hanprab (THA)
3 – Luisito Pie (DOM)
3 – Taehun Kim (KOR)
Day 2 – Report
Great Britain and Jordan took the two gold medals at Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 2 after Jade Jones (GBR) and Ahmad Abughaush (JOR) respectively dominated the Women’s -57 kg and Men’s -68 kg divisions on Thursday at Carioca Arena 3.
London 2012 champion Jade Jones took the highest step of the Women’s -57 kg podium after beating the other favorite of the draw, Eva Calvo from Spain, by a clear 16-7 in a very exciting final, while Abughaush grabbed the first Olympic title ever in Taekwondo for Jordan after defeating Alexey Denisenko from Russia by 10-6 in another spectacular match. Both Denisenko (RUS) and Calvo (ESP) had to content themselves with the silver medals of the day.
Jones’ way to the gold medal started with a comfortable victory over Naima Bakkal from Morocco by 12-4 in the last 16 round, followed by another clear win in the Quarter-finals against Raheleh Asemani from Belgium by 7-2. In the Semis, the British representative got rid of Glasnovic from Sweden by 9-4 to secure a place in the big final for the second Olympic Games in a row.
Abughaush’s path to the Olympic glory started against Ahmed from Egypt in the last 16 round, whom he ran over by a stunning 9-1. After, the Jordan representative had to face another worldwide known Asian fighter, Dae-hoon Lee from Korea, silver medalist in Men’s -58 kg at London 2012 and whom the Jordan was able to beat by a close margin (11-8). In the Semis, Abughaush didn’t find an easy opponent either, as he had to defeat no other than the Men’s -58 kg champion at London 2012, the Spaniard Joel Gonzalez, whom the Asian got rid of by 12-7 thanks to an impressive performance.

Abughaush (JOR) waves Jordan flag after clinching gold at Carioca Arena 3


Bronzes
The bronze medalists in Women’s -57 kg ended up being Hedaya Wahba from Egypt and Kimia Alizadeh from Iran. Both of them managed to qualify for the Repechage draw after a tough loss throughout the afternoon session of the day, but their opponents in these matches managed to get to the final, which opened them the door to the bronzes. The Egyptian representative, who had previously smashed Patiño from Colombia by 13-0 in the Last 16 round and Hamada from Japan in the Quarter-finals by 3-0, lost to Eva Calvo (ESP) in the Semi-finals after the Spaniard managed to connect a precise kick in the sudden death period, while Alizadeh struggled to win her first clash of the day against Zaninovic from Croatia (7-6) before not being able to contain Calvo (8-7). Once in the repechage draw, Alizadeh clinched the podium after edging the Thai representative Harnsujin by 14-10 in the first match, and the Swedish Glasnovic in the second one by a clear 5-1. Wahba tasted bronze after getting rid of Asemani from Belgium in the extra time of the crucial fight (1-0).

The lower step of the podium in Men’s -68 kg was finally occupied by Joel Gonzalez from Spain and Dae-hoon Lee from Korea, the two finalists of the Men’s -58 kg division at London 2012 who finished the repechage stage in Rio as the two most succesful athletes. They had a significantly different start of the day, as Gonzalez made his way to the Semis after beating Grgic from Croatia by 4-3 in the Last 16 round and the Mongolian Purevjav in the Quarter-finals by 7-4, while Lee lost in his second appearance in Rio after being edged by the champion of the category, the Jordan Abughaush, by 11-8 in the Quarter-finals -he had previously outscored Boui (CAF) by 6-0 and withdrawal in the Last 16 round. Once in the repechage stage, Gonzalez clinched the podium after getting rid of Contreras from Venezuela, who had surprisingly defeated superstar and former Olympic champion Servet Tazegul (TUR) in the first match of the repechage, by 4-3 in the decisive match. Lee confirmed the third medal for Korea in the event after beating Ahmed from Egypt by 14-6 in the first clash and after confirming his superiority over the current world number 1 Jaouad Achab (BEL) from Belgium in the crucial fight for the medal (11-7).

Men's -68 kg final podium


Day 2 – Final Podiums
Women’s -57 kg
1 – Jade Jones (GBR)
2 – Eva Calvo (ESP)
3 – Hedaya Wahba (EGY)
3 – Kimia Alizadeh (IRI)
Men’s -68 kg
1 – Ahmad Abughaush (JOR)
2 – Alexey Denisenko (RUS)
3 – Joel Gonzalez (ESP)
3 – Dae-hoon Lee (KOR)
Day 3 – Report
Korea and Ivory Coast clinched the two gold medals at Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 3 after Hyeri Oh (KOR) and Cheick Cisse (CIV) respectively shone over the rest of competitors in the Women’s -67 kg and Men’s -80 kg divisions on Friday at Carioca Arena 3.

Cisne (CIV), exultant after winning gold


Hyeri Oh, world champion last year in Chelyabinsk, occupied the highest step of the Women’s -67 kg podium after defeating the other favorite of the draw, Haby Niare from France, by an extremely tight 13-12 in an absolute thrilling final match, while Cisse grabbed the first Olympic title ever in Taekwondo for Ivory Coast after defeating Lutalo Muhammad from Great Britain by 8-6 in another spectacular match which wasn’t decided until the very last second, when the African athlete connected the winning head kick with only 1 second to go on the scoreboard. Both Muhammad (GBR) and Niare (FRA) had to content themselves with the silver medals of the day.

Oh (KOR) waving the Korean flag


Oh’s path to the gold medal started with a comfortable victory over Melissa Pagnotta from Canada by 9-3 in the last 16 round, followed by another clear win in the Quarter-finals against Chia-Chia Chuang from Chinese Taipei by 21-9 with still one round to go. In the Semis, the Korean representative got rid of Azizova from Azerbaijan by narrow 6-5 to secure a place in the big final.
Cisse’s path to the Olympic glory started against a challenging opponent such as the Polish fighter Piotr Pazinski, whom the African was able to beat by a large margin (8-2). In the Quarter-finals, Cisse didn’t find an easy opponent either, as he had to defeat no other than Tahir Guelec from Germany, world champion in 2013 in Puebla, whom the Asian got rid of by 7-1 thanks to an impressive performance. In the semis, the Ivorian had to battle another African athlete, Oueslati from Tunisia. Cisse struggled to overcome the Tunisian power, but managed to make his way to the final after leading the scoreboard by 7-6 at the end of the 6 regular minutes.
Bronzes
The bronze medalists in Women’s -57 kg ended up being Ruth Gbagbi from Ivory Coast and Nur Tatar from Turkey. Both of them managed to qualify for the Repechage draw after a tough loss against Haby Niare throughout the afternoon session of the day, but the fact that the French managed to get to the final opened them the door to the bronzes. The Ivorian representative, who had previously defeated Elsawalhy from Egypt by 4-3 in the Last 16 round lost to Niare (FRA) in the Quarter-finals after the French was able to score only 1 more point on the scoreboard (6-5), while Tatar smashed Carmen Marton from Australia in her first clash of the day (11-1) before being able to contain Rabia Guelec from Germany in the Quarter-finals (5-1). In the Semis, the Turkish representative couldn’t handle Niare’s power, who jumped to the final after getting rid of Tatar by 4-0. Once in the repechage draw, Gbagbi clinched the podium after edging Louissaint from Haiti by 7-2 in the first match and the Azerbaijani Farida Azizova in the second one by a clear 7-1. Tatar tasted bronze after getting rid of Chuang from Chinese Taipei in the crucial fight (7-3).

Women's -67 kg podium


The lower step of the podium in Men’s -80 kg was finally occupied by Oussama Oueslati from Tunisia and Milad Beigi from Azerbaijan, who finished the repechage stage in Rio as the two most succesful athletes. They had a similar start of the day, as Oueslati made his way to the Semis after beating Rafalovich from Uzbekistan by 11-8 in the Last 16 round and the Liu from Chinese Taipei in the Quarter-finals by 1-0 in the extra time, while Beigi got rid of Coulibaly from Mali by 13-6 in his first appearance in Rio and edged no other than the Iranian Khodabakhshi by a spectacular 17-5 with still one round to be played in the Quarter-finals. Once in the repechage stage, Oueslati clinched the podium after getting rid of the double Olympic champion Steven Lopez (USA) by 14-5. Beigi confirmed the first medal for Azerbaijan in the event after beating Pazinski from Poland by 12-0 with still time to go on the scoreboard.

Men's -80 kg podium


Day 3 – Final Podiums
Women’s -67 kg
1 – Hyeri Oh (KOR)
2 – Haby Niare (FRA)
3 – Nur Tatar (TUR)
3 – Ruth Gbagbi (CIV)
Men’s -80 kg
1 – Cheick Cisse (CIV)
2 – Lutalo Muhammad (GBR)
3 – Oussama Oueslati (TUN)
3 – Milad Beig (AZE)
Day 4 – Report
China and Azerbaijan won the two last gold medals at Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Shuyin Zheng (CHN) and Radik Isaev (AZE) respectively proved to be the strongest athletes in the Women’s +67 kg and Men’s +80 kg divisions on Saturday at Carioca Arena 3.

Cha (KOR) vs Isaev (AZE)


Shuyin Zheng, climbed to the top of the Women’s +67 kg podium after defeating Mexican star Maria Espinoza by a comfortanle 5-1 in the final match of the draw, while Isaev grabbed the first Olympic title ever in Taekwondo for Azerbaijan after defeating Abdoulrazak Issoufou from Niger by a clear 6-2. Both Issoufou (NIG) and Espinoza (MEX) had to content themselves with the silver medals of the day.
Zheng’s path to the gold medal started with a victory over Nisha Rawal from Nepal by 2-0 in the last 16 round, followed by another clear win in the Quarter-finals against no other than the double World champion Gwladys Epangue (FRA) by 4-1. In the Semis, the Korean representative got rid of the reigning World champion Bianca Walkden from Great Britain by another 4-1 to secure a place in the big final.
Isaev’s way to the Olympic glory started against Zhaparov from Kazakhstan, whom the Azerbaijani was able to beat by a large margin (11-2). In the Quarter-finals, Cisse didn’t find an easy opponent either, as he had to defeat no other than Dongmin Cha from Korea, whom Isaev got rid of by 12-8 thanks to an impressive performance. In the semis, the Azerbaijani had to battle another tough athlete, Cho from Great Britain, edging the British by 4-1 at the end of the 6 regular minutes.
Bronzes

W+67 podium


The bronze medalists in Women’s +67kg ended up being Jackie Galloway from United States and Bianca Walkden from Great Britain. Both of them managed to qualify for the Repechage draw after a tough loss in the Semi-finals, a great performance which opened them the door to the bronze matches. The American representative, who had previously defeated Weekes from Puerto Rico by 5-0 in the Last 16 round and Reshmie Oogink from Netherlands by superiority (1-1) in the Quarter-finals before being overcome by Espinoza (MEX) by superiority (0-0) in the Semi-final, while Walkden smashed Samantha Kassman from Papua New Guinea in her first clash of the day (14-1) before being able to contain the London 2012 gold Milica Mandic (SRB) in the Quarter-finals (5-0). In the Semis, the British representative couldn’t handle Zheng’s power, who jumped to the final after getting rid of Tatar by 4-1. Once in the repechage draw, Galloway clinched the podium after edging Epangue from France by 2-1 in the crucial match. Walkden tasted bronze after getting rid of Dislam from Morocco by 7-1.
The lower step of the podium in Men’s +80 kg was finally occupied by Maicon Siqueira from Brazil and Dongmin Cha from Korea, who finished the repechage stage in Rio as the two most succesful athletes. They had a similar start of the day, as Siqueira made his way to the Quarters after beating Lambdin from USA by 9-7 in the Last 16 round before losing to Issoufou by 6-1, while Beigi got rid of Silla from Belarus by disqualification in his first appearance in Rio before being overcome by Isaev in the Quarter-finals. Once in the repechage stage, Siqueira clinched the podium after getting rid of the Mahama Cho from Great Britain 5-4. Cha confirmed another medal fro Korea in the event after beating Shokin from Uzbekistan by 4-3 in the extra time.

M+80 podium


Day 4 – Final Podiums
Women’s +67 kg
1 – Shuyin Zheng (CHN)
2 – Maria Espinoza (MEX)
3 – Bianca Walkden (GBR)
3 – Jackie Galloway (USA)
Men’s +80 kg
1 – Radik Isaev (AZE)
2 – Abdoulrazak Issoufou (NIG)
3 – Maicon Siqueira (BRA)
3 – Dongmin Cha (KOR)
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