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Taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): State Sports Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 29, 2000
Date Finished: September 29, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: CUB Ángel Matos
Silver: GER Faissal Ebnoutalib
Bronze: MEX Víctor Estrada

Summary

The change in weight classes for the Olympics, in which only four weight classes were recognized from the world standard of eight weight classes, made this the most wide-open competition in taekwondo at Sydney. There could be no favorite as none of the 16 competitors had ever placed in any class at an international level previously, with many competitors moving up or down in weight. Ángel Matos of Cuba crushed his first opponent, 9-0, and then easily defeated Roman Livaja of Sweden in the semi-finals. The final was closer, but Matos defeated Germany’s Faissal Ebnoutalib, 3-1. The 2000 gold medal remains Matos’s only major international victory. Ebnoutalib was also world silver medalist in 2003, losing to the 68 kg. gold medalist from Sydney, Steven Lopez.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ángel Matos 23 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Faissal Ebnoutalib 29 Germany GER Silver
3 Víctor Estrada 28 Mexico MEX Bronze
4 Roman Livaja 25 Sweden SWE
5T N'Guessan Sebastien Konan 20 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5T Warren Hansen 30 Australia AUS
7T Félipe Soto 28 Chile CHI
7T Mohamed Al-Fararjeh 22 Jordan JOR
9T Marcel More 25 Slovenia SLO
9T Mokete Mokhosi 31 Lesotho LES
11T Donald Geisler 21 Philippines PHI
11T Madjid Aflaki Khamesh 27 Iran IRI
11T Mario De Meo 26 Italy ITA
11T Muhammed Dahmani 25 Denmark DEN