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Taekwondo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 10, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: ARG Sebastian Crismanich
Silver: ESP Nicolás García
Bronze: ITA Mauro Sarmiento
GBR Lutalo Muhammad


The favorites in this class were [Ramin Əzizov] (AZE), two-time Olympic champion [Steven Lopez] (USA), and the 2011 World Champion at 87 kg, Iran’s [Youssef Karami]. But form would not hold in this class as all lost early. Karami went out in the first round to [Nicolás García] of Spain, and García would advance to the final. Lopez lost in the round of 16 to Əzizov, after he was hampered by an ankle injury. But Əzizov lost his quarter-final match to Italy’s [Mauro Sarmiento], who then lost to García.

The gold medal eventually went to Argentina’s [Sebastian Crismanich], whose only previous major title was the relatively undistinguished 2011 Pan American Games gold medal. Crismanich had a fortunate draw and did not face any major favorites in getting to the final. The final was a defensive struggle, with no score thru two rounds, only to see Crismanich score a decisive kick with 19 seconds remaining, to win 1-0. The bronze medals were shared by Sarmiento and Britain’s [Lutalo Muhammad], who had lost in the quarter-finals to García.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sebastian Crismanich 25 Argentina ARG Gold
2 Nicolás García 24 Spain ESP Silver
3T Lutalo Muhammad 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Mauro Sarmiento 29 Italy ITA Bronze
5T Nesar Ahmad Bahawi 28 Afghanistan AFG
5T Arman Yeremyan 26 Armenia ARM
7T Yousef Karami 29 Iran IRI
7T Vaughn Scott 22 New Zealand NZL
9T Tommy Mollet 33 Netherlands NED
9T Ramin Əzizov 24 Azerbaijan AZE
11T Sébastien Michaud 25 Canada CAN
11T Abdelrahman Usama 23 Egypt EGY
11T Rasul Abduraim 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
11T Issam Chernoubi 24 Morocco MAR
11T Farhod Ne'matov 22 Tajikistan TJK
11T Steven Lopez 33 United States USA