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Taekwondo Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Taekwondo at Olympics: Taekwondo is a martial art form, which has become extremely popular all over the world. The sport developed in the Asian country, Korea. The origin of this martial art form can be traced back to the early twentieth century. Taekwondo combines three martial art forms- Chinese, Japanese and traditional Korean fighting. Taekwondo is also the national sport of Korea. The fighters participating in taekwondo competitions need to have excellent command over combat technique and self-defense. Taekwondo is also a philosophy. The sport is governed by many organizations. The most important organizations are the International Taekwondo Federation or the ITF, the International Taekwondo Alliance or the ITA and the World Taekwondo Federation or the WTF.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Nations Participating : 63
  • Number of Athletes : 128
  • Total Events : 8

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Taekwondo Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 17, 20169:0013:00TaekwondoM/FMen's -58kg and Women's - 49kg PrelimsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 17, 201615:0018:00TaekwondoM/FMen's -58kg and Women's - 49kg Quarter-finals Semi- finalsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 17, 201620:0023:05TaekwondoM/FMen's -58kg and Women's - 49kg Repechages FinalsYesCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 18, 20169:0013:00TaekwondoM/FMen's -68kg and Women's - 57kg PrelimsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 18, 201615:0018:00TaekwondoM/FMen's -68kg and Women's - 57kg Quarter-finals Semi- finalsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 18, 201620:0023:05TaekwondoM/FMen's -68kg and Women's - 57kg Repechages FinalsYesCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 19, 20169:0013:00TaekwondoM/FMen's -80kg and Women's - 67kg PrelimsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 19, 201615:0018:00TaekwondoM/F67kg Quarter-finals Semi- finalsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 19, 201620:0023:05TaekwondoM/FMen's -80kg and Women's - 67kg Repechages FinalsYesCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 20, 20169:0013:00TaekwondoM/FMen's +80kg and Women's +67kg PrelimsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 20, 201615:0018:00TaekwondoM/FMen's +80kg and Women's +67kg Quarter-finals Semi- finalsNoCarioca Arena 3Barra
Aug 20, 201620:0023:05TaekwondoM/FMen's +80kg and Women's +67kg Repechages FinalsYesCarioca Arena 3Barra

Taekwondo in the Summer Games: Taekwondo was introduced to the Olympics as a demonstration sport in 1988 and 1992. The sport received the status of a full medal event in the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. After the 2000 Games, taekwondo has been contested regularly at the Summer Games. Both men and women participate in the Olympic taekwondo competitions. Olympic taekwondo competition consists of a single elimination round, where the winners of the gold and the silver medals are decided. The competition is held in various weight classes. The weight classes, which are held in the Olympics, are-

  • Flyweight for men (less than 58 kilogram)
  • Flyweight for women (less than 49 kilogram)
  • Lightweight for men (58-68 kilogram)
  • Lightweight for women (49-57 kilogram)
  • Middleweight for men (68-80 kilogram)
  • Middleweight for women (57-67 kilogram)
  • Heavyweight for men (more than 80 kilogram)
  • Heavyweight for women (more than 67 kilogram)

  • Rules of Taekwondo: The World Taekwondo Federation or the WTF sets the rules for the taekwondo competitions at the international level. Some of the rules are-

    • The length and breadth of the competition area are determined by the WTF in its rule-book.
    • The attire of the participants at the international taekwondo is specified by the WTF. Any other dresses are prohibited during the combats.
    • The taekwondo combat consists of three rounds, each of two minutes duration. There is a one-minute gap between two consecutive rounds.
    • The techniques, which can be used during the combat is predetermined by the WTF rule-book.
    • For any foul, a fighter can be warned or points can be deducted from that fighter's score. Heavy contact with the opponent can also lead to disqualification from the competition.
    • Hitting the opponent targeting the illegal area is not allowed during the competition.

    Medal winners in Taekwondo: Chu Mu-Yen, Oscar Salazar, Tamer Bayoumi, Michail , Gabriel EsparzaMouroutsos, Huang Chih-hsiung, Steven Lopez, Hadi Saei Bonehkohal, Myeong-Seob Song, Joon-Sik Sin, Yossef Karami, Angel Matos, Bahri Tanrikulu, Victor Estrada, Alexandros Nikolaidis, Dae Sung Moon, Kyong-Hun Kim, Pascal Gentil, Daniel Trenton, Chen Shih-Hsin, Yanelis Yuliet Labrada Diaz, Yaowapa Boorapolchai, Lauren Burns, Urbia Melendez, Shu-Ju-Chi, Nia Abdallah, Tran Hieu Ngan, Jang Ji Won, Jae-Eun Jung, Iridia Salazar, Luo Wei, Sun-Hee Lee, Trude Gundersen, Yoriko Okamoto, Natalia Ivanova, Myriam Baverel, Adriana Carmona and Chen Zhong are some of the famous names in the field of international taekwondo.

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    Last updated on: August 03, 2016

    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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