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.
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.
|3||Chi Shu-Ju||17||Chinese Taipei||TPE||Bronze|
|4||Hanne Høegh Poulsen||19||Denmark||DEN|
|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||Kay Poe||18||United States||USA|