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Taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: MEX Guillermo Pérez
Silver: DOM Yulis Mercedes
Bronze: TPE Chu Mu-Yen
AFG Rohullah Nikpai

Summary

The favorites were the defending champion Chu Mu-Yen of Chinese Taipei, and 2007 World Champion Juan Antonio Ramos of Spain. But they were both defeated by Yulis Mercedes of the Dominican Republic, the 2007 Pan American Games champion, who made his way to the final, where he met his close friend, Mexico’s Guillermo Pérez, silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds. The final match went to overtime, and after a scoreless overtime, Pérez was awarded the gold medal by superiority, which was the first Mexican gold medal at the Olympics since 1984.

One bronze medal was historic when it went to Afghanistan’s Rohullah Nikpai, the first ever Olympic medal for his country. Nikpai noted, “I hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war. I won the medal for my country.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Guillermo Pérez 28 Mexico MEX Gold
2 Yulis Mercedes 28 Dominican Republic DOM Silver
3T Chu Mu-Yen 26 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze
3T Rohullah Nikpai 21 Afghanistan AFG Bronze
5T Chutchawal Khawlaor 20 Thailand THA
5T Juan Antonio Ramos 31 Spain ESP
7T Michael Harvey 18 Great Britain GBR
7T Pedro Póvoa 28 Portugal POR
9T Ryan Carneli 22 Australia AUS
9T Marcio Wenceslau 28 Brazil BRA
11T Tshomlee Go 24 Philippines PHI
11T Alfonso Martinez 25 Belize BIZ
11T Reza Naderian 19 Iran IRI
11T M. A. Jean Moloise Ogoudjobi 22 Benin BEN
11T Levent Tuncat 20 Germany GER
11T Dickson Wamwiri 23 Kenya KEN