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Taekwondo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 8, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: ESP Joel González
Silver: KOR Lee Dae-Hun
Bronze: RUS Aleksey Denisenko
COL Oscar Muñoz


Spain’s [Joel González] was heavily favored, having won the World Championships in 2009 and 2011, and the European Championships in 2010 and 2012. He was challenged in round one by Sweden’s [Uno Sanli] but he held on to win and then won his quarter-final and semi easily, advancing to the final against [Lee Dae-Hoon] of Korea. Lee had a difficult time getting there, going extra time to win his first two matches and eking out a tight match against Russia’s [Aleksey Denisenko] in the semi-finals. Denisenko had won his quarter-final against Chinese Taipei’s [Wei Chen-Yang], the original second seed.

The final was not close as González took the lead in round one and simply poured it on, scoring six points early with two head kicks, and then being helped by Lee accumulating penalties that gave González another three points. The final score was 17-8, as González won Spain’s first gold medal in the sport. Denisenko shared the bronze medal with Colombia’s [Oscar Muñoz].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Joel González 22 Spain ESP Gold
2 Lee Dae-Hun 20 South Korea KOR Silver
3T Oscar Muñoz 19 Colombia COL Bronze
3T Aleksey Denisenko 18 Russia RUS Bronze
5T Safwan Khalil 26 Australia AUS
5T Pen-Ek Karaket 22 Thailand THA
7T Tamer Salah 30 Egypt EGY
7T Uno Sanli 23 Sweden SWE
9T Tameem Al-Kubati 23 Yemen YEM
9T Wei Chen-Yang 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
11T Mokdad El-Yamine 26 Algeria ALG
11T Heiner Oviedo 23 Costa Rica CRC
11T Yulis Mercedes 32 Dominican Republic DOM
11T Nursultan Mamayev 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
11T Diego García 22 Mexico MEX
11T Lê Huỳnh Châu 24 Vietnam VIE