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Taekwondo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women'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: KOR Jang Ji-Won
Silver: USA Nia Abdallah
Bronze: MEX Iridia Salazar

Summary

The favorites were Jang Ji-Won (KOR), who was World Champion in 2001, and Iridia Salazar of Mexico, who was the featherweight runner-up at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. The U.S. entrant was Nia Abdallah, who was bronze medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games, but was not considered in the class of Jang or Salazar. Her only previous international competition had come at the Pan-Ams. Nobody was dominant during this competition, as Jang, Salazar, and Abdallah all won closely fought quarter-final matches, Salazar prevailing only on superiority over Uzbekistan's Irina Kaydashova. In the semi-finals, the two favorites, Jang and Salazar, were unfortunate to be drawn against each other. Abdallah also narrowly escaped, winning by superiority over Thailand's Nootcharin Sukkhongdumnoen. The final was again quite close, but Jang won the gold medal over Abdallah, 2-1. Salazar prevailed in the bronze medal round.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jang Ji-Won 24 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Nia Abdallah 20 United States USA Silver
3 Iridia Salazar 22 Mexico MEX Bronze
4 Sonia Reyes 27 Spain ESP
5T Cristiana Corsi 28 Italy ITA
5T Nootcharin Sukkhongdumnoen 26 Thailand THA
7T Margarita Mkrtychan 23 Russia RUS
7T Mariam Bah 28 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
9T Irina Kaydashova 19 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Chi Shu-Ju 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
11T Paola Andrea Delgado 24 Colombia COL
11T Aleksandra Uścińska 19 Poland POL
11T Areti Athanasopoulou 26 Greece GRE
11T Abeer Essawy 17 Egypt EGY
11T Gwladys Epangue 20 France FRA