London 2012

LONDON-2012-LOGOIn 2010, the 1st Youth Olympic Games sanctioned by the IOC were held in Singapore. Taekwondo was an official event with five weight categories in both male and female divisions. Two years later, it was taekwondo's big moment.

For the 2012 London Olympics, the WTF had made dramatic changes. Protector and Scoring Systems and Instant Video Replays were both implemented. Some 6,000 people watched the bouts in the sold-out ExCel arena, as a differentiated points scoring system made bouts unpredictable and a reduced mat size made matches more exciting. In addition, the WTF Demonstration Team performed four times every day.

Finally, London Olympic taekwondo distributed eight gold medals to eight countries, laying to rest concerns that it was a Korea-dominated sport.


Medal summary

Men's events

  18px-Gold_medal.svg.png 18px-Silver_medal.svg.png 18px-Bronze_medal.svg.png
Under 58 kg Joel González 20px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svg.png Lee Dae-Hoon    Aleksey Denisenko
Óscar Muñoz
Under 68 kg 20px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Servet Tazegül 20px-Flag_of_Iran.svg.png Mohammad Bagheri Motamed 20px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Terrence Jennings
Rohullah Nikpai
Under 80 kg Sebastián Crismanich
Nicolás García
Lutalo Muhammad
Mauro Sarmiento
Over 80 kg Carlo Molfetta Anthony Obame 20px-Flag_of_Cuba.svg.png Robelis Despaigne
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Liu Xiaobo

 

Women's events

  18px-Gold_medal.svg.png 18px-Silver_medal.svg.png 18px-Bronze_medal.svg.png
Under 49 kg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wu Jingyu Brigitte Yagüe Chanatip Sonkham
Lucija Zaninović
Under 57 kg  Jade Jones  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hou Yuzhuo 20px-Flag_of_France.svg.png Marlène Harnois
20px-Flag_of_Chinese_Taipei_for_Olympic_games.svg.png Tseng Li-Cheng
Under 67 kg 20px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svg.png Hwang Kyung-Seon  20px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Nur Tatar 20px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Paige McPherson
Helena Fromm
Over 67 kg Milica Mandić 20px-Flag_of_France.svg.png Anne-Caroline Graffe Anastasia Baryshnikova
20px-Flag_of_Mexico.svg.png Maria Espinoza

 

Medal table

Rank  Nation 18px-Gold_medal.svg.png 18px-Silver_medal.svg.png 18px-Bronze_medal.svg.png Total
1 Spain 1 2 0 3
2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 1 1 1 3
3 20px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svg.png South Korea 1 1 0 2
20px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey 1 1 0 2
 5 Great Britain 1 0 1 2
Italy 1 0 1 2
Argentina 1 0 0 1
Serbia 1 0 0 1
9 20px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France 0 1 1 2
10 Gabon 0 1 0 1
20px-Flag_of_Iran.svg.png Iran 0 1 0 1
12
 
Russia 0 0 2 2
20px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States 0 0 2 2
 14 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Colombia 0 0 1 1
Croatia 0 0 1 1
20px-Flag_of_Cuba.svg.png Cuba 0 0 1 1
Germany 0 0 1 1
20px-Flag_of_Mexico.svg.png Mexico 0 0 1 1
20px-Flag_of_Chinese_Taipei_for_Olympic_games.svg.png Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
Thailand 0 0 1 1

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