Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 68 kg

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Men's 68 kg
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue State Sports Centre
Date 28 September
Competitors 14 from 14 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Steven López  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sin Joon-Sik  South Korea
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hadi Saei  Iran
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Taekwondo at the
2000 Summer Olympics
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Men Women
  58 kg     49 kg  
  68 kg     57 kg  
  80 kg     67 kg  
  +80 kg     +67 kg  

The men's 58 kg competition in taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney took place on September 27 at the State Sports Centre.

U.S. taekwondo jin Steven López came from behind in the final round to dodge a 1–1 draw and risk penalties for aggression over South Korea's Sin Joon-sik for the gold medal in the men's featherweight class.[1][2] Meanwhile, Iranian fighter Hadi Saei edged his Turkish-born Austrian opponent Tuncay Çalışkan 4–2 to earn a bronze.

Competition format[edit]

The main bracket consisted of a single elimination tournament, culminating in the gold medal match. The taekwondo fighters eliminated in earlier rounds by the two finalists of the main bracket advanced directly to the repechage tournament. These matches determined the bronze medal winner for the event.[3]


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 28 September 2000 09:00
Preliminary Round


Athlete Nation
Alejandro Hernando  Argentina
Hsu Chi-hung  Chinese Taipei
Hadi Saei  Iran
Sin Joon-sik  South Korea
Tuncay Çalışkan  Austria
Nizar Naeeli  Libya
Aslander Dzitiev  Russia
Francisco Zas  Spain
Carlo Massimino  Australia
Steven López  United States
Claudio Nolano  Italy
Aziz Acharki  Germany
Stanislas Ogoudjobi  Benin
Olivier Bernasconi  Monaco


  • KO — Won by knockout
  • PTG — Won by points gap
  • SUP — Won by superiority
  • OT — Won on over time (Golden Point)
  • WO — Walkover

Main bracket[edit]

Preliminary round Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal match
         Alejandro Hernando (ARG) 0  
 Hsu Chi-hung (TPE) 2      Hadi Saei (IRI) 3  
 Hadi Saei (IRI) 5        Hadi Saei (IRI) 3  
 Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 7        Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 5  
 Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 3      Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 9  
 Nizar Naeeli (LBA) 3      Aslander Dzitiev (RUS) 1  
 Aslander Dzitiev (RUS) 12        Sin Joon-sik (KOR) 0
 Francisco Zas (ESP) 3        Steven López (USA) 1
 Carlo Massimino (AUS) 3+      Carlo Massimino (AUS) 1  
 Steven López (USA) 7      Steven López (USA) 1+  
 Claudio Nolano (ITA) 0        Steven López (USA) 2  
 Aziz Acharki (GER) 7        Aziz Acharki (GER) 0  
 Stanislas Ogoudjobi (BEN) 0      Aziz Acharki (GER) 15      
         Olivier Bernasconi (MON) 1      


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Bronze medal match
       Hadi Saei (IRI) 6  
 Carlo Massimino (AUS) 9      Carlo Massimino (AUS) 5  
 Claudio Nolano (ITA) 7        Hadi Saei (IRI) 4
     Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 2
       Aziz Acharki (GER) 7
 Aslander Dzitiev (RUS) 0      Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 7+  
 Tuncay Çalışkan (AUT) 6  


  1. ^ Baranger, Walter (29 September 2000). "Sydney 2000 – Taekwondo: Lopez Takes Gold". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gold for Lopez a First for U.S.". Los Angeles Times. 29 September 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Taekwondo – Competition format". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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