Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 3, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repÃªchage tournament for the bronze medal.
|Bronze:|| Luisito PiÃ©
The man to beat in this category was [Farzan Ashour Zadeh], the 19-year-old Iranian known as âTsunamiâ who burst onto the scene in 2014 and the following year became world champion. With the 2012 Olympic champion [Joel GonzÃ¡lez] of Spain moving up a division, the way was clear for the young Iranian top seed to take gold, although the man who beat him in the 2015 Grand Prix Final, South Koreaâs [Kim Tae-Hun], was seeded two in Rio and posed a serious threat. Also fancied for a medal were number three seed [Rui BraganÃ§a] of Portugal and another experienced man, [Levant Tuncat] of Germany
Mourad Laachraoui was the 2016 European champion in this division and his place in Rio seemed likely until the Belgian Federation gave it to [Si Mohamed Ketbi] on the strength of his higher world ranking. Laachraoui would have been an interesting inclusion in the Belgian team because his older brother Najim was an Islamist terrorist and one of the two suicide bombers involved in the 2016 Brussels airport attack.
The day of shocks in the Carioca Arena 3 continued following [Wu Jingyu]âs shock defeat in the quarter-final of the womenâs event, when the menâs favourite Farzan Ashour Zadeh lost in the first round 4-3 to [Omar Hajjami] of Morocco â the world number 80 and 16th seed. The Iranian was then joined by number two seed Kim Tae-Hun, who was also beaten in the first round, 12-10 by [Tawin Hanprab] of Thailand. Brazilâs [Venilton Teixeira] and Portugalâs BraganÃ§a were the only two of the top four seeds to progress to the last eight, while the German Tuncat went out through disqualification.
Hanprab, the number 15 seed went onto the final where he met Chinaâs [Zhao Shuai] and it was the number eight seed who ran out the 6-4 winner to became the first man to win a taekwondo gold for China while 18-year-old Hangpran won Thailandâs first menâs Olympic medal. [Luisito PiÃ©] of the Dominican Republic and Kim Tae-Hun each won a bronze medal.
|3T||Luisito PiÃ©||22||Dominican Republic||DOM||Bronze|
|3T||Kim Tae-Hun||21||South Korea||KOR||Bronze|
|11T||Farzan Ashour Zadeh||19||Iran||IRI|
|11T||Si Mohamed Ketbi||18||Belgium||BEL|