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22 Aug 2008
IOC News , Beijing 2008

The art of controlled aggression

One of the last sports to get under way at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, taekwondo is also one of the most recent additions to the Olympic programme, making its entrance as a full medal sport only in 2000, featuring four weight categories for men and four for women.
Korean heritage
As befits the nation that gave the sport to the world, South Korea was the outstanding country in the inaugural competition in Sydney, winning three gold medals and a silver. Considering it was allowed to enter only four athletes, including men’s heavyweight champion Kim Kyong-hun and women’s welterweight winner Lee Sun-hee, this was quite an achievement.
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