Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.
|Bronze:|| Servet Tazegül
The last two World Champions were American [Mark Lopez] (2005) and Chinese Taipei’s [Sung Yu-Chi] (2007). The defending Olympic champion was Iran’s [Hadj Saei], who also won bronze in this class in 2000, but he had moved up to the welterweight class in Beijing. Lopez and Sung both made it to the semi-finals, with Lopez moving on to the final, but Sung was upset by the unheralded Korean [Son Tae-Jin]. The final match was very close between Lopez and Son, with the score tied 2-2 with only seconds left, when Son scored with a kick to win the gold medal.
Mark Lopez was one of three Lopez siblings competing in taekwondo in Beijing, as he was joined by his brother, [Steven], and sister, [Diana], both of whom won bronze medals. One first round loser was [Logan Campbell], who had raised money to support his Olympic training by opening and managing a brothel in his native New Zealand, which was legal.
|1||Son Tae-Jin||20||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|2||Mark Lopez||26||United States||USA||Silver|
|3T||Sung Yu-Chi||26||Chinese Taipei||TPE||Bronze|
|7T||Nesar Ahmad Bahawi||24||Afghanistan||AFG|
|11T||Logan Campbell||22||New Zealand||NZL|