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Taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Featherweight

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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.

Gold: KOR Im Su-Jeong
Silver: TUR Azize Tanrıkulu
Bronze: USA Diana Lopez
CRO Martina Zubčić

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Im Su-Jeong 21 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Azize Tanrıkulu 22 Turkey TUR Silver
3T Diana Lopez 24 United States USA Bronze
3T Martina Zubčić 19 Croatia CRO Bronze
5T Veronica Calabrese 20 Italy ITA
5T Su Li-Wen 27 Chinese Taipei TPE
7T Robin Cheong 19 New Zealand NZL
7T Elaine Teo 27 Malaysia MAS
9T Bineta Diedhiou 22 Senegal SEN
9T Débora Nunes 25 Brazil BRA
11T Mariam Bah 32 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
11T Bat-El Gatterer 20 Israel ISR
11T Nguyễn Thị Hoài Thu 23 Vietnam VIE
11T Doris Patiño 22 Colombia COL
11T Chonnapas Premwaew 21 Thailand THA