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Taekwondo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 9, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: GBR Jade Jones
Silver: CHN Hou Yuzhuo
Bronze: FRA Marlène Harnois
TPE Tseng Li-Cheng


Coming into the Olympics, the favorites were China’s [Hou Yuzhuo], the 2011 World Champion, and top-seeded [Tseng Li-Cheng] of Chinese Taipei. Both made the semi-finals where Hou defeated European Champion [Marlene Harnois] (FRA), but Tseng lost a wild bout to Britain’s [Jade Jones]. Jones had won her first two bouts 15-1 and 13-3 and against Tseng was trailing near the end, only to score five points in the final 30 seconds to make her way to the final.

Jones grabbed the early lead in the final, going ahead 2-0 after two rounds. She built her lead in the final round, and then held on to win Britain’s first taekwondo gold medal in a big upset. The bronze medals went to Harnois and Tseng.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jade Jones 19 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Hou Yuzhuo 24 China CHN Silver
3T Marlène Harnois 25 France FRA Bronze
3T Tseng Li-Cheng 25 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze
5T Suvi Mikkonen 24 Finland FIN
5T Mayu Hamada 18 Japan JPN
7T Dragana Gladović 19 Serbia SRB
7T Diana Lopez 28 United States USA
9T Hedaya Malak 19 Egypt EGY
9T Andrea Paoli 20 Lebanon LIB
11T Yeny Contreras 32 Chile CHI
11T Ana Zaninović 25 Croatia CRO
11T Nidia Muñóz 21 Cuba CUB
11T Robin Cheong 23 New Zealand NZL
11T Bineta Diédhiou 26 Senegal SEN
11T Rangsiya Nisaisom 18 Thailand THA