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Taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): State Sports Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 28, 2000
Date Finished: September 28, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: USA Steven Lopez
Silver: KOR Sin Jun-Sik
Bronze: IRI Hadi Saei


The favorite in this class was Iran’s Hadj Sayed Bonehkohal, who had won three World Championships, the most recent in 1999 in the lightweight class. He had to move down in weight to compete in the 68 kg. class at Sydney. But Bonehkohal was upset in the semi-finals by Korea’s Sin Joon-Sik. In the final, Sin faced Steve Lopez of the United States. Lopez was a five-time US champion who had won the 1999 Pan-American Games gold medal. Lopez came from a family with three siblings who were world class taekwondo fighters, brothers Jean and Mark, and sister Diana. Diana and Mark narrowly failed to make the qualifying for the Sydney Olympics, but both would become World Champions in 2005. In the Olympic final, Lopez and Sin were tied near the end of the match when the referee, Flavio Pérez of Colombia, deducted a point from Sin’s score because of penalties he had incurred during the match. This was not in accordance with the taekwondo rules and Pérez was suspended for this action but the result was allowed to stand.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steven Lopez 21 United States USA Gold
2 Sin Jun-Sik 20 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Hadi Saei 24 Iran IRI Bronze
4 Tuncay Caliskan 23 Austria AUT
5T Aziz Acharki 28 Germany GER
5T Carlo Massimino 24 Australia AUS
7T Aslanbek Dzitiyev 18 Russia RUS
7T Claudio Nolano 24 Italy ITA
9T Alejandro Hernando 24 Argentina ARG
9T Olivier Bernasconi 23 Monaco MON
11T Francisco Zas 28 Spain ESP
11T Hsu Chi-Hung 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
11T Nizar Mohamed Naeeli 24 Libya LBA
11T Stanislas Ogoudjobi 23 Benin BEN