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Taekwondo at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: KOR Son Tae-Jin
Silver: USA Mark Lopez
Bronze: TUR Servet Tazegül
TPE Sung Yu-Chi


The last two World Champions were American [Mark Lopez] (2005) and Chinese Taipei’s [Sung Yu-Chi] (2007). The defending Olympic champion was Iran’s [Hadj Saei], who also won bronze in this class in 2000, but he had moved up to the welterweight class in Beijing. Lopez and Sung both made it to the semi-finals, with Lopez moving on to the final, but Sung was upset by the unheralded Korean [Son Tae-Jin]. The final match was very close between Lopez and Son, with the score tied 2-2 with only seconds left, when Son scored with a kick to win the gold medal.

Mark Lopez was one of three Lopez siblings competing in taekwondo in Beijing, as he was joined by his brother, [Steven], and sister, [Diana], both of whom won bronze medals. One first round loser was [Logan Campbell], who had raised money to support his Olympic training by opening and managing a brothel in his native New Zealand, which was legal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Son Tae-Jin 20 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Mark Lopez 26 United States USA Silver
3T Sung Yu-Chi 26 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze
3T Servet Tazegül 19 Turkey TUR Bronze
5T Peter López 26 Peru PER
5T Daniel Manz 20 Germany GER
7T Nesar Ahmad Bahawi 24 Afghanistan AFG
7T Dennis Bekkers 27 Netherlands NED
9T Dmitry Kim 18 Uzbekistan UZB
9T Isah Mohammad 21 Nigeria NGR
11T Rasul Abduraim 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
11T Logan Campbell 22 New Zealand NZL
11T Burak Hasan 23 Australia AUS
11T Idulio Islas 21 Mexico MEX
11T Gessler Viera 23 Cuba CUB