The Sydney Olympics' taekwondo event was held in Sydney's Olympic Park State Sports Center with 103 participating athletes - 55 males and 48 females - from 51 countries.
The taekwondo events had four weight categories for each gender. Each participating country was allowed to send a maximum of two male and two female competitors per weight category; the host country was given an exception. The competition rounds were three minutes per round, with a total of three rounds. If there was a tie at the end of the third round, a sudden death round was added.
The sudden-death round declared the winner based on which competitor scored the first point. Repechage rounds were also adapted so that competitors who lost in the quarterfinals would get the opportunity to compete for a bronze medal. Therefore, only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal was awarded per weight category.
|Under 58 kg||Michail Mouroutsos||Gabriel Esparza||Huang Chih-hsiung|
|Under 68 kg||Steven López||Sin Joon-Sik||Hadi Saei|
|Under 80 kg||Ángel Matos||Faissal Ebnoutalib||Víctor Estrada|
|Over 80 kg||Kim Kyong-Hun||Daniel Trenton||Pascal Gentil|
|Under 49 kg||Lauren Burns||Urbia Melendez Rodriguez||Shu-Ju Chi|
|Under 57 kg||Jung Jae-Eun||Tran Hieu Ngan||Hamide Bikcin|
|Under 67 kg||Lee Sun-Hee||Trude Gundersen||Yoriko Okamoto|
|Over 67 kg||Chen Zhong||Natalia Ivanova||Dominique Bosshart|