Taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 49 kg

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Women's 49 kg
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue State Sports Centre
Date 27 September
Competitors 12 from 12 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Lauren Burns  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Urbia Melendez  Cuba
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Chi Shu-ju  Chinese Taipei
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Taekwondo at the
2000 Summer Olympics
Taekwondo pictogram.svg
Men Women
  58 kg     49 kg  
  68 kg     57 kg  
  80 kg     67 kg  
  +80 kg     +67 kg  

The women's 49 kg competition in taekwondo at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney took place on September 27 at the State Sports Centre.

26-year-old Lauren Burns thrilled the Aussie home crowd inside the venue, as she crushed Cuban fighter Urbia Melendez 4–2 to earn the women's flyweight title on the first day of the sport's major Olympic debut.[1][2] Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei's Chi Shu-ju prevailed a bronze medal victory over Denmark's Hanne Høgh Poulsen with a score of 4–0.[3] Earlier in the prelims, Poulsen came from behind to deliver a 4–3 upset on the 18-year-old U.S. fighter and medal favorite Kay Poe, who got a chance to compete only for the sake of her bestfriend and fellow sportswoman Esther Kim; thus, Poe's premature exit from the tournament had become a dramatic ending to a story of courage and selflessness that deeply stirred the hearts of the crowd, garnering her a standing ovation from the International Olympic Committee and an utmost respect for her sport. Easing the torment from Poe's elimination, she and Kim had offered front-row seats for the final next to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.[2][4]

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.[5]


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 27 September 2000 09:00
Preliminary Round


  • 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
         Nguyen Thi Xuan Mai (VIE) 1  
 Döndü Güvenc (TUR) 6      Döndü Güvenc (TUR) 2  
 Eva Marie Ditan (PHI) 1        Döndü Güvenc (TUR) 1  
 Águeda Pérez (MEX) 1        Urbia Melendez (CUB) 3  
 Urbia Melendez (CUB) 4      Urbia Melendez (CUB) 3  
         Likeleli Thamae (LES) 0  
           Urbia Melendez (CUB) 2
           Lauren Burns (AUS) 4
         Juana Wangsa Putri (INA) 2  
 Hanne Høgh Poulsen (DEN) 4      Hanne Høgh Poulsen (DEN) 7  
 Kay Poe (USA) 3        Hanne Høgh Poulsen (DEN) 0  
 Fadime Helvacioglu (GER) 0        Lauren Burns (AUS) 1  
 Chi Shu-ju (TPE) 1      Chi Shu-ju (TPE) 3      
         Lauren Burns (AUS) 3+      


Quarterfinals Semifinals Bronze medal match
         Döndü Güvenc (TUR) 0  
         Chi Shu-ju (TPE) 3  
           Chi Shu-ju (TPE) 4
           Hanne Høgh Poulsen (DEN) 0
         Hanne Høgh Poulsen (DEN) 2
 Likeleli Thamae (LES) 3      Águeda Pérez (MEX) 1    
 Águeda Pérez (MEX) 5  


  1. ^ "Sydney 2000 – Taekwondo: Poe Loses; Australians Win Gold". New York Times. 28 September 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Browne, Andrew (27 September 2000). "Australian student wins first taekwondo gold". Rediff.com. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Chi Shu-Ju Wins Women's 49kg Taekwondo Bronze Medal". People's Daily. 27 September 2000. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Abrahamson, Alan (27 September 2000). "Her Olympic Experience Is Sweet but Too Short". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Taekwondo – Competition format". Sports Reference. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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