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:|| Diana Lopez
The 2007 World Champion was Korean Lee Sung-Hye but the Korean team was so strong that she was not selected for Beijing, bypassed in favor of [Im Su-Jeong], who had been 2007 Universiade Champion. The 2005 World Champion was in Beijing, American [Diana Lopez], she of the United States’ Lopez taekwondo siblings. Her brothers, [Steven] and [Mark], both would also win medals in Beijing.
After a difficult first round, Im easily made it to the final. But she would not meet Lopez, who lost a quarter-final bout against Turkey’s [Azize Tanrıkulu], the sister of [Bahri Tanrıkulu], 2004 Olympic men’s welterweight silver medalist. Tanrıkulu won her semi as well to meet Im in the final. The final match was tied 0-0 with 20 seconds remaining when Im scored with a back kick to win the gold medal. She would also win a gold medal at the 2009 World Championships as a lightweight. Lopez did get through the repêchage to earn a bronze medal.
|1||Im Su-Jeong||21||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|3T||Diana Lopez||24||United States||USA||Bronze|
|5T||Su Li-Wen||27||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|7T||Robin Cheong||19||New Zealand||NZL|
|11T||Mariam Bah||32||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV|
|11T||Nguyễn Thị Hoài Thu||23||Vietnam||VIE|