Summer Olympic Games 1996 – 2012
Despite its origins in South Korea, which still heads the medal table by a large margin, taekwondo has done a particularly good job of spreading itself around the world. The eight gold medallists in London were all from different countries, and 21 nations from Afghanistan to Gabon kicked up precious metal. Even the South Pacific was able to get into the act with France’s silver medallist, Anne-Caroline Graffe, who hails from Tahiti.
Chinese Taipei attended ten Olympic Games between 1956 and 2000 and failed to win gold, but then managed it twice in taekwondo, ten minutes apart, on 26 August 2004.
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