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Taekwondo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women'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: KOR Kim So-Hui
Silver: SRB Tijana Bogdanović
Bronze: AZE Patimat Abakarova
THA Panipak Wongpattanakit

Summary

China’s [Wu “Joy” Jingyu] dominated this weight division throughout the 2015 Grand Prix series and seemed set to add to the two Olympic gold medals she already had, thus becoming the first taekwondo exponent to win three Olympic golds. It was no surprise when she won the WTF Female Player of the Year for 2015. By a strange coincidence, Wu played a bit part in a 2003 Chinese movie called “Taekwondo”, which told the story of a character winning gold at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 – just as Wu did. Thailand’s number two seed [Panipak Wongpattanakit] was dominated by Wu in 2015, but was the only fighter able to land a head kick on her. She was a medal contender as was the very experienced Croatian [Lucija Zaninović], the world number three. Brazil’s fourth-seeded [Iris Sing] had the benefit of the home fans behind her.

Wu opened with a 10-1 win over the 16th seed, [Huang Huai-Hsuan] of Chinese Taipei, but then came the biggest shock of the day when she lost 17-7 to the Serbian [Tijana Bogdanović]. The number two seed, Wongpattanakit, also fell at the quarter-final stage, losing 6-5 to Kim So-hui of South Korea. Remarkably, all of the top four seeds went at the last eight stage with local favourite Sing losing heavily, 14-4, to Mexico’s Itzel Manjarrez. Wu’s conqueror, Bogdanovic went all the way to the final where she lost 7-6 to [Kim So-Hui] of South Korea, a 2013 and 2014 world champion. Kim reached the final after ending 0-0 against [Yasmina Aziez] of France in he semi-final, but won on the sudden death golden point. The bronze medals went to second seed Wongpattanakit and [Patimat Abakarova] of Azerbaijan.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim So-Hui 22 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Tijana Bogdanović 18 Serbia SRB Silver
3T Patimat Abakarova 21 Azerbaijan AZE Bronze
3T Panipak Wongpattanakit 18 Thailand THA Bronze
5T Yasmina Aziez 25 France FRA
5T Itzel Adilene Manjarrez 26 Mexico MEX
7T Wu Jingyu 29 China CHN
7T Julissa Diez 27 Peru PER
9T Iris Sing 25 Brazil BRA
9T Lucija Zaninović 29 Croatia CRO
11T Maria Andrade 23 Cape Verde CPV
11T Monica Pimentel 27 Aruba ARU
11T Rosa Keleku Lukusa 21 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
11T Andrea Kilday 33 New Zealand NZL
11T Aynur Yesbergenova 18 Kazakhstan KAZ
11T Huang Huai-Hsuan 19 Chinese Taipei TPE