Ivett Gonda at the 2008 Summer Olympics
April 28, 1986 |
Canada (1995 - 2013)Hungary (2013 - present)
|Event(s)||Bantamweight (53 kg)|
Ivett Gonda (born April 28, 1986 in Jászberény, Hungary) is a Hungarian-born Canadian taekwondo competitor. She moved to Canada when she was four. She currently resides in Port Moody, British Columbia where she trains under her coach, that she later married in early 2013, Shin Wook Lim who is currently the head instructor and owner of Tae Geuk Taekwondo. From 1995 to mid 2013 Gonda competed professionally for Canada until she decided to compete for her native country, Hungary. Though currently competing for another nation, Ivett still continues to train and live in Canada.
She began taekwondo in 1995. She was the second Canadian ever to make the Olympic team in 2004. She finished in fifth place at the 2003 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in the Finweight-47 kg event.
2008 Summer Olympics
On August 20, 2008 Gonda faced Hanna Zajc of Sweden in her first bout at the Beijing olympics and lost 2-0 in a controversial upset. The outcome of the match stirred immediate controversy as Gonda had landed numerous strikes which were arguably scoring blows including a clear head-shot that knocked down Zajc and would have given Gonda 2 points had it been accepted by the judges. Gonda's coach, Shin Wook Lim protested during and after the match, but was ignored by judges who refused interviews and comments through intermediaries. Lim has suggested that Lei Zhao, a Chinese judge, one of four judges scoring the match, and head of the Chinese Taekwondo federation intentionally ignored Gonda's scoring to see the 33rd ranked Zajc advance to face a Chinese competitor in the next round instead of Gonda, widely reported as a medal contender prior to the bout and ranked 3rd in the world. Olympic taekwondo uses electronic clickers to tally points. Three of four judges must click in a point within a short interval for points to be tallied. Thus any conspiracy of two is sufficient to nullify any points scored.
- Named Most Valuable Player at the 2002 Junior National Championships and the 2006 Senior National Championships