Sebastián Crismanich

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Sebastián Crismanich
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Medal record
Men’s taekwondo
Representing the  Argentina
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London 80 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara 80 kg

Sebastián Eduardo Crismanich [1](born 30 October 1986 in Corrientes)[2] is an Argentine taekwondo athlete. He won the gold medal in the men's 80 kg division at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3][4]

Sebastián is the first individual athlete to win a gold medal for Argentina since the 1948 Games, when Delfo Cabrera won the marathon, and the first to win a taekwondo medal for Argentina.[5]

In his quest for the gold medal, Crismanich beat New Zealander Vaughn Scott 9-5, and then Afghan Nesar Ahmad Bahawi 9-1 in the quarterfinals.

After a fierce battle in the semifinals, Crismanich defeated Armenian Arman Yeremyan 2-1 and proceeded to the Olympic final.

In a narrow victory against Spaniard Nicolas Garcia Hemme, Crismanich was only able to take the advantage needed to win in the final round, seconds from the end.[5][6][7]

He was the flag bearer for his country at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London, England.


Sebastián Crismanich was born in Corrientes, Corrientes Province, into a Croatian immigrant family (Croatian: Krizmanić).[8][9] His brother, Mauro, is also a well-known taekwondo practitioner who won the bronze medal in men's flyweight (under 58 kg) at the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships in Copenhagen.