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Taekwondo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 3, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 20, 2016
Date Finished: August 21, 2016
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.

Gold: CHN Zheng Shuyin
Silver: MEX María Espinoza
Bronze: GBR Bianca Walkden
USA Jackie Galloway


The women’s heavyweight division contained the most diverse selection of fighters in Rio, and picking a winner in advance was no easy task. The 2008 champion [María Espinoza] of Mexico could only win bronze at London in 2012m=, but was the top seed in Rio and had a good chance of regaining her title. Standing in her way was the tall number two seed, China’s [Zheng Shuyin], who came into the Games with a good recent run of success behind her. She won a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships and won the 2015 Grand Prix Series final. She also possessed a good varied collection of kicks in her armoury. Britain’s number three seed [Bianca “Queen Bee” Walkden] was hit with injury in 2014 but bounced back to win the 2015 World Championship, but she had lost three times to Zheng. Walkden’s boyfriend was the British-born welterweight [Aaron Cook], who represented Moldova in Rio. The 2012 gold medallist [Milica Mandić] of Serbia, who won a silver medal at the 2016 European Championships, was one of the most popular people in taekwondo and was seeded at number six.

Walkden had the biggest win of the opening round, winning 14-1 against [Samantha Kassman] of Papua New Guinea. The top two seeds also progressed to the quarter-final and top seed Espinoza came through to the last four after a sudden-death win, and her semi-final against [Jackie Galloway] of the USA was even closer. After four rounds it was 0-0 and the top seed won though on the superiority ruling.

In the other half of the draw Zheng and Walkden met in the semi-final meaning the top four seeds contested the two semis. After a very close contest that went to sudden-death, Zheng won it with a head kick. Walkden had some consolation by taking the bronze medal while Galloway won the other bronze medal match. Zheng controlled the final against the two-time Olympic medallist Maria Espinoza and ran out the 5-1 winner. Espinoza’s silver added to her gold in Beijing and bronze in London for a full set of medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zheng Shuyin 22 China CHN Gold
2 María Espinoza 28 Mexico MEX Silver
3T Bianca Walkden 24 Great Britain GBR Bronze
3T Jackie Galloway 20 United States USA Bronze
5T Wiam Dislam 28 Morocco MAR
5T Gwladys Épangue 32 France FRA
7T Kirstie Alora 26 Philippines PHI
7T Nisha Rawal 20 Nepal NEP
9T Milica Mandić 24 Serbia SRB
9T Reshmie Oogink 26 Netherlands NED
11T Sorn Seavmey 20 Cambodia CAM
11T Katherine Julissa Rodríguez 24 Dominican Republic DOM
11T Mamina Koné 27 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
11T Samantha Kassman 32 Papua New Guinea PNG
11T Crystal Weekes 18 Puerto Rico PUR
11T Tina Røe Skaar 22 Norway NOR