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Taekwondo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 11, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: ITA Carlo Molfetta
Silver: GAB Anthony Obame
Bronze: CHN Liu Xiaobo
CUB Robelis Despaigne


The top two seeds were Korea's [Ja Dong-Min] and France's [François Coulombe-Fortier] but both went out in the quarter-finals. Ja lost to Turkey's [Bahri Tanrıkulu], but he lost his semi-final to Gabon's [Anthony Obame]. The other semi saw Italy's [Carlo Molfetta] defeat Mali's [Daba Modibo Keita], who had beaten Coulombe-Fortier. Molfetta was the 2010 European Champion and twice a silver medalist at the World Championships. He won the final, but only on a superiority decision after he and Obame tied 9-9, with Obame blaming what he called a )youthful error) near the end of the match costing him a point. Obame had no previous international medals and his silver medal was the first-ever medal won by Gabon at the Olympic Games. Both Modibo Keita and Tanrıkulu went to the bronze medal finals, but neither won. Modibo had to withdraw due to injury from his match against Cuba's [Robelis Despaigne], who also won bronze in the event in 2008, while Tanrıkulu lost 3-2 to China's [Liu Xiaobo].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carlo Molfetta 28 Italy ITA Gold
2 Anthony Obame 23 Gabon GAB Silver
3T Liu Xiaobo 28 China CHN Bronze
3T Robelis Despaigne 23 Cuba CUB Bronze
5T Daba Modibo Keita 31 Mali MLI
5T Bahri Tanrıkulu 32 Turkey TUR
7T Alisher Gulov 22 Tajikistan TJK
7T Kaino Thomsen-Fuataga 21 Samoa SAM
9T Ja Dong-Min 25 South Korea KOR
9T François Coulombe-Fortier 27 Canada CAN
11T Alexandros Nikolaidis 32 Greece GRE
11T Kenneth Edwards 26 Jamaica JAM
11T Chika Chukwumerije 28 Nigeria NGR
11T Gadzhi Umarov 27 Russia RUS
11T Ivan Trajkovič 20 Slovenia SLO
11T Akmal Ergashev 29 Uzbekistan UZB