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Taekwondo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena, Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, Faliro
Date Started: August 27, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: IRI Hadi Saei
Silver: TPE Huang Chih-Hsiung
Bronze: KOR Song Myeong-Seop

Summary

Hadi Saei of Iran had placed at the World Championships as far back as 1997, and won a bronze medal in this division in 2000. He was co-favorite with Huang Chih-Hsiung of Chinese Taipei, who had won an Olympic gold medal in the 58 kg. class in 2000, and was world bantamweight champion (62 kg.) in 2003. The 2003 featherweight World Champion had been Kang Nam-Won of Korea, who also was bantamweight World Champion in 2001. But Kang was not present in Athína, Korea being represented by Song Myeong-Seop. Song and Saei met in the semi-finals and it was the best match of the tournament, with Saei prevailing only by superiority after a 9-9 tie. Huang's path to the final was easier. The two favorites met in the final and Saei pulled out a narrow 4-3 victory. Song won the repêchage round for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hadi Saei 28 Iran IRI Gold
2 Huang Chih-Hsiung 27 Chinese Taipei TPE Silver
3 Song Myeong-Seop 20 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Diogo da Silva 22 Brazil BRA
5T Gabriel Sagastume 22 Guatemala GUA
5T Tamer Hussein 29 Egypt EGY
7T Carlo Molfetta 20 Italy ITA
7T Tuncay Caliskan 27 Austria AUT
9T Carlo Massimino 28 Australia AUS
9T Jesper Roesen 29 Denmark DEN
11T Mohammed Omrani 25 Tunisia TUN
11T Duncan Mahlangu 21 South Africa RSA
11T Bertrand Gbongou Liango 22 Central African Republic CAF
11T Luis Alberto García 23 Venezuela VEN
11T Alejandro Hernando 28 Argentina ARG
11T Niyaməddin Paşayev 24 Azerbaijan AZE