Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): State Sports Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 29, 2000
Date Finished: September 29, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repÃªchage tournament for the bronze medal.
The change in weight classes for the Olympics, in which only four weight classes were recognized from the world standard of eight weight classes, made this the most wide-open competition in taekwondo at Sydney. There could be no favorite as none of the 16 competitors had ever placed in any class at an international level previously, with many competitors moving up or down in weight. Ãngel Matos of Cuba crushed his first opponent, 9-0, and then easily defeated Roman Livaja of Sweden in the semi-finals. The final was closer, but Matos defeated Germanyâs Faissal Ebnoutalib, 3-1. The 2000 gold medal remains Matosâs only major international victory. Ebnoutalib was also world silver medalist in 2003, losing to the 68 kg. gold medalist from Sydney, Steven Lopez.
|5T||N'Guessan Sebastien Konan||20||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV|
|11T||Madjid Aflaki Khamesh||27||Iran||IRI|
|11T||Mario De Meo||26||Italy||ITA|