Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 23, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.
|Bronze:|| Sarah Stevenson
The heavy favorite was China’s [Chen Zhong], gold medalist in 2000 and 2004 and the 2007 World Champion. In the quarterfinals she met hometown favorite [Sarah Stevenson], and seemingly defeated the Brit, 1-0, when Stevenson’s late kick, worth two points, was ruled too light to be worth a score. But the British delegation protested, and the protest was upheld, giving Stevenson two points and the victory, 2-1. But that was it for Stevenson, who lost her semi to 2007 World Middleweight Champion [María Espinoza].
In the final Espinoza faced Norway’s [Nina Solheim], who had defeated the 2005 World Champion, Brazil’s [Natália Falavigna], in the semi-finals. The final was an easy victory for Espinoza, who led from the start and was never challenged. Solheim was born in Korea, but she and her twin sister were adopted at seven months old by Norwegian parents.
|3T||Sarah Stevenson||25||Great Britain||GBR||Bronze|
|5T||Noha Abd Rabo||21||Egypt||EGY|
|7T||Khaoula Ben Hamza||17||Tunisia||TUN|
|7T||Che Chew Chan||25||Malaysia||MAS|