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Taekwondo at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena, Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, Faliro
Date Started: August 29, 2004
Date Finished: August 29, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: KOR Mun Dae-Seong
Silver: GRE Alexandros Nikolaidis
Bronze: FRA Pascal Gentil


[Mun Dae-Seong] of Korea had been world heavyweight champion in 1999, but he had not placed at the world event since then, and did not compete at the 2000 Olympic Games. His top competition was felt to be [Pascal Gentil] of France, who had been European Champion as far back as 1994, had also won that event in 1999, and was runner-up in it earlier in 2004. After easily winning their first two matches, they met in the semi-final with Mun prevailing, 5-3. In the final, Mun met [Alexandros Nikolaidis], who had no international record, but was the home crowd favorite. They were not much help to him as Moon won by knockout at 2:10 of the first round. Gentil went on to win the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mun Dae-Seong 27 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Alexandros Nikolaidis 24 Greece GRE Silver
3 Pascal Gentil 31 France FRA Bronze
4 Ibrahim Kamal 25 Jordan JOR
5T Adilkhan Sagindykov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
5T Abdelkader Zrouri 27 Morocco MAR
7T Jon García 26 Spain ESP
7T Julián Rojas 26 Colombia COL
9T Nguyễn Văn Hùng 24 Vietnam VIE
9T Kristopher Moitland 20 Costa Rica CRC
11T Zakaria Asidah 32 Denmark DEN
11T Teemu Heino 27 Finland FIN
11T Luis Alberto Noguera 30 Venezuela VEN
11T Tudor Sanon 20 Haiti HAI
11T Chika Chukwumerije 20 Nigeria NGR
11T Zoran Prerad 32 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH