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Taekwondo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Flyweight

Taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

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 repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: CHN Zhao Shuai
Silver: THA Tawin Hanprab
Bronze: DOM Luisito Pié
KOR Kim Tae-Hun

Summary

The man to beat in this category was [Farzan Ashour Zadeh], the 19-year-old Iranian known as “Tsunami” who burst onto the scene in 2014 and the following year became world champion. With the 2012 Olympic champion [Joel González] 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 Korea’s [Kim Tae-Hun], was seeded two in Rio and posed a serious threat. Also fancied for a medal were number three seed [Rui Bragança] 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]’s shock defeat in the quarter-final of the women’s event, when the men’s favourite Farzan Ashour Zadeh lost in the first round 4-3 to [Omar Hajjami] of Morocco – 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. Brazil’s [Venilton Teixeira] and Portugal’s Bragança 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 China’s [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 Thailand’s first men’s Olympic medal. [Luisito Pié] of the Dominican Republic and Kim Tae-Hun each won a bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhao Shuai 20 China CHN Gold
2 Tawin Hanprab 18 Thailand THA Silver
3T Luisito Pié 22 Dominican Republic DOM Bronze
3T Kim Tae-Hun 21 South Korea KOR Bronze
5T Jesús Tortosa 18 Spain ESP
5T Carlos Navarro 20 Mexico MEX
7T Omar Hajjami 26 Morocco MAR
7T Safwan Khalil 30 Australia AUS
9T Rui Bragança 24 Portugal POR
9T Venilton Teixeira 20 Brazil BRA
11T Ron Atias 21 Israel ISR
11T Yousef Shriha 24 Libya LBA
11T Farzan Ashour Zadeh 19 Iran IRI
11T Si Mohamed Ketbi 18 Belgium BEL
11T Oscar Muñoz 23 Colombia COL