Anne-Caroline Graffe

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Anne-Caroline Graffe
Anne-Caroline Graffe 2012.jpg
Personal information
Nationality French
Born (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 29)
Papeete, Tahiti in French Polynesia
Height 176 cm /5'9"
Sport
Country  France
Sport Taekwondo

Anne-Caroline Graffe (born 12 February 1986 in Papeete, Tahiti in French Polynesia) is a French taekwondo athlete.[1]

Graffe took up taekwondo when she was 11 years old. She left Tahiti for metropolitan France when she was 18 years old.[2]

She won the women's heavyweight title at the 2011 World Taekwondo Championships, held in Gyeongju, South Korea, defeating South Korean An Sae-Bom 1–0 in the final.[3]

She won the gold medal at the 2012 European Taekwondo Championships.

Graffe, who had been training under Myriam Baverel at the Institut national du sport, de l'expertise et de la performance (INSEP) for five years, had only been entered for the competition a month before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics following the withdrawal due to injury of Gwladys Épangue. She was the first Polynesian to represent France at the Olympics Games. In her first Olympic competition, she was seeded number one. She cruised through the early rounds to reach the final, where she met Serbia's Milica Mandić. After a tight opening two rounds, Mandić opened up in the third and picked off Graffe with rapid kicks to the body and ran out a 9-7 winner.[4]

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