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Taekwondo is Korean martial arts whose translation explains its basic tenets: “The art of fighting with hands and feet”. In the Olympic Games of Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992, the sport was only shown as an exhibition. From Sydney 2000, taekwondo has become an official sport. The punctuation varies according to hits: hits and kicks to the body are one point, spin kicks, two points, kicks to the head, four points.
The fighters, competing in a square of 8 m wide, wear vests and helmets with electronic sensors to compute the points.
They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games
Stars that made history in the Olympic Games
After winning the silver medal at the Pan Rio 2007, the Brazilian came to prominence in the country and got two bronze medals in World Championships and another at Beijing 2008.
Born in the home of the sport, the South Korean is the current Olympic champion in the category over 80 kg, and remains favorite in the race of the London Games.
Michali was the first male champion in the event, in Sydney, in the 58kg. In Athens, he could not repeat and was eliminated in the second round.
She dominated in Sydney and Athens, becoming the only two-time women's champion in the event, in the three editions of the competition.