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Taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Welterweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 22, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: KOR Hwang Gyeong-Seon
Silver: CAN Karine Sergerie
Bronze: FRA Gwladys Epangue
CRO Sandra Šarić

Summary

Hwang Gyeong-Seon was a bronze medalist in this class at Athens in 2004, but had won the World Championships in both 2005 and 2007. At both Worlds, she had defeated France’s Gwladys Épangue in the final. In Beijing the two would meet again, but this time in the semi-final, with the result the same, as Hwang advanced to the final. There she met Canadian Karine Sergerie, a 2007 World Champion as a lightweight, but who had to move up in weight because her class was not contested at the Olympics. Sergerie led the final through the first round, 1-0, but it was tied 1-1 after two rounds. In the final round, Hwang scored with a kick with 35 seconds remaining to win the gold medal, 2-1, and would return in 2012 to defend her Olympic gold medal.

Épangue came through to win a bronze medal in Beijing, and she would end her streak of not quite winning gold with victories at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, moving up to the middleweight class in 2011.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hwang Gyeong-Seon 22 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Karine Sergerie 23 Canada CAN Silver
3T Gwladys Epangue 24 France FRA Bronze
3T Sandra Šarić 24 Croatia CRO Bronze
5T Tina Morgan 25 Australia AUS
5T Asunción Ocasio 21 Puerto Rico PUR
7T Maitha Al-Maktoum 28 United Arab Emirates UAE
7T Vanina Sánchez 29 Argentina ARG
9T Helena Fromm 21 Germany GER
9T Mouna Ben Abderassoul 24 Morocco MAR
11T Mariama Barry 17 Guinea GUI
11T Sibel Güler 23 Turkey TUR
11T Elli Mystakidou 30 Greece GRE
11T Liya Nurkina 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
11T Yoriko Okamoto 36 Japan JPN
11T Toni Rivero 20 Philippines PHI