at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueCarioca Arena 3
Dates17–20 August 2016
No. of events8
Competitors128 from 63 nations
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Taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 17 to 20 August at the Carioca Arena 3 inside the Barra Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca. Around 128 taekwondo fighters competed in eight weight categories; four for men, and four for women.[1]


Main article: Taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification

Taekwondo competition at these Games featured a total of 128 athletes, 64 in each gender, and 16 in each of the eight weight categories. Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was allowed to enter up to a maximum of eight competitors, four of each gender, based on the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Olympic rankings, such that an athlete per NOC must be among the top six in each weight category. If an NOC had qualified only two female and male athletes through ranking, it could not participate in the respective Continental Qualification Tournament unless it had relinquishing the places obtained through ranking.[2][3]

Four places had been reserved to the host nation Brazil, and another four had been invited by the Tripartite Commission. The remaining 120 places were allocated through a qualification process in which athletes had won quota place for their respective NOC. 48 taekwondo fighters, 24 in each gender and the top 6 in each weight category, were eligible to compete through the ITTF Olympic rankings, while the rest through the five Continental Qualification Tournaments.[2]

If an NOC having qualified through a Qualification Tournament relinquishing a quota place, it would be allocated to the nation of the next highest placed athlete in the respective weight category of that tournament as long as the addition of the place did not exceed the maximum quota for that nation.[2]


Daily schedule
Date → Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20
Men's 58 kg 68 kg 80 kg +80 kg
Women's 49 kg 57 kg 67 kg +67 kg


Participating nations


Main article: List of taekwondo practitioners at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Medal summary

After finishing in third in 2012, this Olympics marks South Korea's return to the top of the Taekwondo medal standings.

Medal table

1 South Korea2035
2 China2002
3 Great Britain1113
4 Azerbaijan1023
5 Ivory Coast1012
6 Jordan1001
7 Spain0112
9 France0101
14 Brazil0011
 Dominican Republic0011
 United States0011
Totals (20 entries)881632

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight (58 kg)
Zhao Shuai
Tawin Hanprab
Luisito Pie
 Dominican Republic
Kim Tae-hun
 South Korea
Featherweight (68 kg)
Ahmad Abughaush
Alexey Denisenko
Lee Dae-hoon
 South Korea
Joel González
Welterweight (80 kg)
Cheick Sallah Cissé
 Ivory Coast
Lutalo Muhammad
 Great Britain
Milad Beigi
Oussama Oueslati
Heavyweight (+80 kg)
Radik Isayev
Abdoul Razak Issoufou
Maicon Siqueira
Cha Dong-min
 South Korea

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight (49 kg)
Kim So-hui
 South Korea
Tijana Bogdanović
Patimat Abakarova
Panipak Wongpattanakit
Featherweight (57 kg)
Jade Jones
 Great Britain
Eva Calvo
Hedaya Malak
Kimia Alizadeh
Welterweight (67 kg)
Oh Hye-ri
 South Korea
Haby Niaré
Ruth Gbagbi
 Ivory Coast
Nur Tatar
Heavyweight (+67 kg)
Zheng Shuyin
María Espinoza
Bianca Walkden
 Great Britain
Jackie Galloway
 United States


  1. ^ "The Olympic Games: Taekwondo". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Rio 2016 – WTF Taekwondo Qualification System" (PDF). WTF. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  3. ^ "General Guidelines on Rio 2016 Olympic Games Qualification System" (PDF). World Taekwondo Federation. Retrieved 8 May 2015.[permanent dead link]