Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 9, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.
|Bronze:|| Marlène Harnois
Coming into the Olympics, the favorites were China’s [Hou Yuzhuo], the 2011 World Champion, and top-seeded [Tseng Li-Cheng] of Chinese Taipei. Both made the semi-finals where Hou defeated European Champion [Marlene Harnois] (FRA), but Tseng lost a wild bout to Britain’s [Jade Jones]. Jones had won her first two bouts 15-1 and 13-3 and against Tseng was trailing near the end, only to score five points in the final 30 seconds to make her way to the final.
Jones grabbed the early lead in the final, going ahead 2-0 after two rounds. She built her lead in the final round, and then held on to win Britain’s first taekwondo gold medal in a big upset. The bronze medals went to Harnois and Tseng.
|1||Jade Jones||19||Great Britain||GBR||Gold|
|3T||Tseng Li-Cheng||25||Chinese Taipei||TPE||Bronze|
|7T||Diana Lopez||28||United States||USA|
|11T||Robin Cheong||23||New Zealand||NZL|