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Taekwondo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena, Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, Faliro
Date Started: August 28, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: USA Steven Lopez
Silver: TUR Bahri Tanrıkulu
Bronze: IRI Yousef Karami

Summary

Steven Lopez had been Olympic champion in 2000 in the 68 kg. class. But he moved up in weight and in 2001 was World Champion at 72 kg., and by 2003, was World Champion in the 78 kg. class. Lopez won his opening round match, 12-0, but in the semi-finals he was pushed to the limit by Iran's Youssef Karami, winning only 7-6. Lopez won the gold medal in the final match, defeating Turkey's Bahri Tanrıkulu, 3-0. Karami won the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steven Lopez 25 United States USA Gold
2 Bahri Tanrıkulu 24 Turkey TUR Silver
3 Yousef Karami 21 Iran IRI Bronze
4 Rəşəd Əhmədov 23 Azerbaijan AZE
5T Víctor Estrada 32 Mexico MEX
5T Hichem Hamdouni 23 Tunisia TUN
7T Raid Rasheed 28 Iraq IRQ
7T Donald Geisler 25 Philippines PHI
9T Christophe Negrel 27 France FRA
9T Daniel Trenton 27 Australia AUS
11T Patrick Stevens 25 Netherlands NED
11T Chinedum Osuji 27 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
11T Jacob Martins Obiorah 30 Nigeria NGR
11T Craig Brown 21 Great Britain GBR
11T Kriangkrai Noikoed 28 Thailand THA
11T Ángel Matos 27 Cuba CUB