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Taekwondo


Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art practised in 206 countries.

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art, which means "the way of kicking and punching". In taekwondo, hands and feet can be used to overcome an opponent, but the trademark of the sport is its combination of kick movements.

A Long History

The origin of taekwondo dates back to Korea's Three-Kingdom era (c.50 BC) when Silla Dynasty warriors, the Hwarang, began to develop a martial art - Taekkyon ("foot-hand").

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During the early 20th century, taekwondo became the dominant form of martial arts practised in Korea. Subsequently taekwondo was designated as the Korean national martial art to be promoted internationally. In 1973, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was founded as the worldwide legitimate governing body of the sport, and the first World Championships were held in Seoul, Korea that year.

Recent Olympic history

Taekwondo is one of the two Asian martial arts included on the Olympic programme. Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Games, and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Taekwondo - + 67kg Women
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Taekwondo - + 67kg Women

Shuyin Zheng (Red) of the People's Republic of China competes against Maria del Rosario Espinoza of Mexico during the Taekwondo Women +67kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - + 80kg Men
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Taekwondo - + 80kg Men

Abdoulrazak Issoufou Alfaga (Blue) of Niger competes against Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan during the Men's +80kg Gold Medal contest on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - + 67kg Women
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Taekwondo - + 67kg Women

Jackie Galloway of the United States of America competes against Gwladys Epangue of France during the Women's +67kg Bronze Medal contest on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - + 80kg Men
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Taekwondo - + 80kg Men

Abdoulrazak Issoufou Alfaga (Blue) of Niger competes against Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan during the Men's +80kg Gold Medal contest on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Taekwondo +80kg Men / +67kg Women on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - 57 - 67 kg Women
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Taekwondo - 57 - 67 kg Women

Hyeri Oh of Republic of Korea (red) competes against Haby Niare of France in the Women's Taekwondo -67kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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