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Taekwondo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women'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: CHN Luo Wei
Silver: GRE Elli Mystakidou
Bronze: KOR Hwang Gyeong-Seon

Summary

Luo Wei of China had been World Champion in 2003 in the middleweight class (72 kg.). Rather than trying to move up to the heavyweights, she dropped weight to compete in the 67 kg. class at Athína. She was the favorite and did win the gold medal, but not as easily as expected. In the second round, she defeated Nina Solheim (NOR) by TKO. But her other early matches were won only by scores of 10-8 and 5-3. The final match was against Elli Mystakidou of Greece, the 2002 European welterweight silver medalist, who was urged on by the Greek crowd, but Luo won a narrow victory, 7-6.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Luo Wei 21 China CHN Gold
2 Elli Mystakidou 26 Greece GRE Silver
3 Hwang Gyeong-Seon 18 South Korea KOR Bronze
4 Heidy Juárez 27 Guatemala GUA
5T Ineabelle Díaz 30 Puerto Rico PUR
5T Toni Rivero 16 Philippines PHI
7T Verina Wihongi 26 New Zealand NZL
7T Nina Solheim 25 Norway NOR
9T Mouna Ben Abderassoul 20 Morocco MAR
9T Charmie Sobers 31 Netherlands NED
11T Mounira Nahdi 19 Tunisia TUN
11T Sandra Šarić 20 Croatia CRO
11T Caroline Bartasek 25 Australia AUS
11T Sarah Bainbridge 21 Great Britain GBR
11T Vanina Sánchez 25 Argentina ARG