Matthew Beach

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Matthew Beach
Personal information
Full nameMatthew Francis Beach
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1977-12-22) 22 December 1977 (age 41)
Guildford, Surrey, Great Britain[1]
ResidenceBogota, Colombia[1]
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight94 kg (207 lb)
Event(s)+80 kg

Matthew Francis Beach (born 22 December 1977 in Guildford, Surrey, Great Britain) is a New Zealand taekwondo practitioner of British origin.[2] Beach qualified for the men's heavyweight division (+80 kg) at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after winning the Oceanian Qualification Tournament in Nouméa, New Caledonia.[3] He lost the preliminary round of sixteen match to China's Liu Xiaobo, with a score of 1–4.[4][5] Beach currently resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he is employed by the British Embassy as an immigration officer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Matthew Beach – Taekwondo" (PDF). Sport Manawatu. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Matthew Beach". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Competition results of Oceania Qualification Tournament (Dec. 1, 2007)". World Taekwondo Federation. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Men's +80kg (+176 lbs) Round of 16 Final". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Early mistake costs NZ taekwondo fighter". 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2013.

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