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Taekwondo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women'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: KOR Hwang Gyeong-Seon
Silver: TUR Nur Tatar
Bronze: GER Helena Fromm
USA Paige McPherson


Great Britain pinned its hopes on [Sarah Stevenson], the 2011 World Champion, but she inexplicably lost her first match and would not make the bronze medal repêchage. The top seed was Egypt’s [Seham El-Sawalhy] but she also went out in round one. Korea’s [Hwang Gyeong-Seon] was the defending champion and had also won bronze in this event in 2004. She had an easy time in getting to the final where she faced Turkey’s [Nur Tatar], who had also been unchallenged in her path to the final. The final was an easy win for Hwang who went ahead 5-3 in the first round, and added six more points in round two, eventually winning 12-5. The bronze medals went to Germany’s [Helena Fromm] and American [Paige McPherson]. Both had lost in the quarter-finals, Fromm against Hwang and McPherson against Tatar.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hwang Gyeong-Seon 26 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Nur Tatar 19 Turkey TUR Silver
3T Paige McPherson 21 United States USA Bronze
3T Helena Fromm 24 Germany GER Bronze
5T Carmen Marton 26 Australia AUS
5T Franka Anić 21 Slovenia SLO
7T Andrea St Bernard 32 Grenada GRN
7T Ruth Gbagbi 18 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
9T Karine Sergerie 27 Canada CAN
9T Elin Johansson 21 Sweden SWE
11T Fəridə Əzizova 17 Azerbaijan AZE
11T Seham El-Sawalhy 21 Egypt EGY
11T Sarah Stevenson 29 Great Britain GBR
11T Sousan Hajipour 21 Iran IRI
11T Gulnafis Aytmukhambetova 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
11T Chu Hoàng Diệu Linh 18 Vietnam VIE