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Taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

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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 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 27, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: AUS Lauren Burns
Silver: CUB Urbia Meléndez
Bronze: TPE Chi Shu-Ju

Summary

This was the first gold medal awarded in taekwondo at the Olympics, and the heavy favorite was Chi Shu-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who had been World Champion in both 1997 and 1999. Australia pinned its hopes on Lauren Burns, a vegetarian with not much of an international record. Burns met Chi in the quarter-finals and they tied, 3-3, but the referee awarded the match to Burns on a superiority ruling. Burns used that impetus to win the gold medal, to the delight of the Australian crowd. Chi came thru the repêchage round to win the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lauren Burns 26 Australia AUS Gold
2 Urbia Meléndez 28 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Chi Shu-Ju 17 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze
4 Hanne Høegh Poulsen 19 Denmark DEN
5T Águeda Pérez 26 Mexico MEX
5T Döndü Güvenc 22 Turkey TUR
7 Likeleli Alinah Thamae 22 Lesotho LES
8T Juana Wangsa Putri 23 Indonesia INA
8T Nguyễn Thị Xuân Mai 21 Vietnam VIE
10T Eva Marie Ditan 22 Philippines PHI
10T Fadime Helvacioglu 21 Germany GER
10T Kay Poe 18 United States USA