The best athletes qualified for the Olympic Games of Tokyo

The best athletes qualified for the Olympic Games of Tokyo
Published: 2021-07-19

There will be a total of 131 taekwondo athletes from 61 countries, including three athletes from a refugee team, who will be at the Tokyo Olympics with Anthony Milan Obame whose interview we have just published. All of them have fought to qualify [see our blog on the Olympic qualification process], and all of them have a chance to medal. As Obame says, everyone has a similar technical level and, therefore, a chance to win. The difference will be in detail, who will react the fastest at the right time. Who will best exploit a short moment of inattention from their opponent?  They have all prepared for this. Here is a presentation of some athletes who will be in Tokyo:

W-49Kg

Panipak Wongpattanakit (THA)

Panipak Wongpattanakit became World Champion at just 18 at the 2015 World Championships. One year later, she claimed Olympic bronze at Rio 2016. Since then, she has claimed another World title and multiple Grand Prix gold medals, which has propelled her to the top of the rankings.

Jingyu Wu (CHN)

Two-time Olympic champion in the women's -49kg category, China's Wu had once announced her retirement after losing in the quarter-final in Rio. But she returned in 2019, barely a year after the birth of her daughter.

Having endured a grueling tournament schedule to rack up enough points to qualify for Tokyo 2020, the 34-year-old will be the first female Taekwondoin to compete in her fourth Olympics.

W-57Kg

Jade Jones (GBR)

Jade Jones will be aiming to make history in Tokyo by winning her third consecutive Olympic title. Jones has won it all in Taekwondo. In 2019 at the World Championships, she added the then elusive World title to her already significant medal collection. This year she won the European championship in Sofia.   

Kimia Alizadeh (EOR)

Kimia Alizadeh won bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In Tokyo, she will be competing for the IOC's Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) to become the first refugee athlete to claim an Olympic medal.

W-67kg

Ruth Gbagbi (CIV)

Ruth Gbagbi won bronze in Rio 2016, and in Tokyo 2020, she hopes to become the first woman from her country to win an Olympic gold medal. She showcased her credentials at this year's African Championships, in which she won gold. Gbagbi also won gold at the last World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Moscow in 2019 and gold at the Grand Prix in Sofia.

Lauren Williams (GBR)

Lauren Williams is one of the latest Taekwondoin on the conveyer belt of talent produced by Great Britain. She won silver at this year's European Championships in Sofia, having won silver there at the Grand Prix in 2019. Tokyo 2020 will be her first Olympic Games, and she will no doubt be aiming to replicate the success of teammate Jade Jones at an Olympic Games.

W+67kg

Bianca Walkden (GBR) (see our interview – link)

Bianca Walkden is a three-time World Champion (2015, 2017, and 2019). In 2017 she won the World Championships, all four Grand Prix, and the Grand Slam. However, the Olympic title currently eludes her as she won bronze at Rio 2016. If she is to put that right in Tokyo, she will need to beat China's Shuyin Zheng with whom she has established a thrilling rivalry.

Shuyin Zheng (CHN)

Shuyin Zheng is the reigning Olympic champion, having won gold in Rio 2016. She narrowly lost out on her first World title to Bianca Walkden at the World Championships in Manchester but will be looking to put that right in Tokyo.

M-58kg

Jun Jang (KOR)

Top-ranked Jun Jan will be making his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, but that will not lessen the expectations of what he could achieve. He won Male Player of the Year in 2019 on the back of an awe-inspiring season that saw him win gold at the World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester and golds at the Sofia, Chiba, and Roma 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix.

Vito Dell'Aquila (ITA)

Another Olympic Games debutant is Italy’s Vito Dell’Aquila. At the Moscow Grand Prix Final in 2019, Dell'Aquila came out on top to win gold. He claimed bronze medals at the Sofia and Chiba Grand Prix that same year.

M-68kg

Dae Hoon Lee (KOR)

For Dae Hoon Lee Tokyo 2020 will be his third Olympic Games, and he will be hoping it will be the third time lucky in his search for Olympic gold. In Rio 2016, he claimed bronze, and in London 2012, it was silver. He has since become a father but will aim to use this as further motivation. As the top-ranked athlete in the M-68kg and three-time World Champion, he will arrive in Tokyo with plenty of expectations.

Shuai Zhao (CHN)

Shuai Zhao has tasted Olympic success before having won gold in the M-58kg at Rio 2016. He has made the transition well so far, having won gold at the World Championships in Manchester in 2019 and claiming gold at the 2019 Sofia World Taekwondo Grand Prix.

Mirhashem Hosseini (IRI)

Mirhashem Hosseini is another Olympic debutant who has made a name for himself in recent years despite his young age. In a break-through season in 2019, he won gold at the Chiba and Roma World Taekwondo Grand Prix. It was also the year that he won gold at the Summer Universiade.

M-80kg

Maksim Khramtcov (ROC)

At just 19 year's old, Maksim Khramtcov became World Champion at the 2017 World Championships in Muju. Now at 23 and the top-ranked athlete in this category, he will be hoping to add Olympic Champion to his already impressive medal haul. In 2019, he won gold at the Roma Grand Prix and the Moscow Grand Prix Final in front of his home crowd. Most recently, he took gold at the 2021 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Milad Beigi Harchegani (AZE)

Milad Beigi Harchegani will be looking to improve on his Olympic bronze medal from Rio 2016. Before the pandemic hit in 2020, Harchegani was impressive, having won gold at the World Championships in 2019 and at the Chiba 2019 Grand Prix, where he beat Khramtcov in the final. At the 2019 Grand Prix Final in Moscow and the 2021 European Championships, Khramtcov pipped him to the golds, so Harchegani would be fighting to regain the top spot in Tokyo.

Cheick Sallah Cisse (CIV)

Cheick Sallah Cisse claimed a famous last-second victory in the final of Rio 2016 to give his country its first-ever Olympic gold medal. The Olympic Champion will be doing everything he can to defend his title in Tokyo. He won gold at this year's African Championships in Dakar, Senegal.

M+80Kg

Vladislav Larin (ROC)

Vladislav Larin will be hoping to make his Olympic debut in Tokyo, one not to forget. His recent silver medal at the 2021 European Championships will give him the confidence to push for gold at the Games. Before the pandemic, he had won gold at the 2019 World Championships and the Roma 2019 Grand Prix.

Kyo Don In (KOR)

Kyo Don In is another fighter in fine form in 2019 before the pandemic brought taekwondo competitions to a standstill. He won gold at the Moscow Grand Prix final and the Chiba Grand Prix, and at the World Taekwondo Grand Slam in Wuxi. Tokyo 2020 marks his Olympic debut.

TOKYO OLYMPICS TAEKWONDO ENTRIES 

Alphabetical order of NOC

**Click athlete's name to see the records

Women 

Men

W-49kg 

M-58kg

No. 

Name 

NOC 

No. 

Name 

NOC

Yvette YONG 

CAN 

Lucas Lautaro GUZMAN 

ARG

Jingyu WU 

CHN 

Safwan KHALIL 

AUS

Andrea RAMIREZ VARGAS 

COL 

Jefferson OCHOA FERNANDEZ 

COL

Kristina TOMIC 

CRO 

Adrian VICENTE YUNTA 

ESP

Nour ABDELSALAM 

EGY 

Solomon DEMSE 

ETH

Adriana CEREZO IGLESIAS 

ESP 

Omar SALIM 

HUN

Abishag SEMBERG 

ISR 

Armin HADIPOUR SEIGHALANI 

IRI

Miyu YAMADA 

JPN 

Jack WOOLLEY 

IRL

Jaeyoung SIM 

KOR 

Vito DELL'AQUILA 

ITA

10 

Oumaima EL BOUCHTI 

MAR 

10 

Sergio SUZUKI 

JPN

11 

Victoria STAMBAUGH 

PUR 

11 

Jun JANG 

KOR

12 

Tijana BOGDANOVIC 

SRB 

12 

Kurt Bryan BARBOSA 

PHI

13 

Panipak WONGPATTANAKIT 

THA 

13 

Rui BRAGANCA 

POR

14 

Po-Ya SU 

TPE 

14 

Mikhail ARTAMONOV 

ROC

15 

Rukiye YILDIRIM 

TUR 

15 

Ramnarong SAWEKWIHAREE 

THA

16 

Thi Kim Tuyen TRUONG 

VIE 

16 

Mohamed Khalil JENDOUBI 

TUN

17 

Dina POURYOUNES 

EOR

     

W-57kg 

M-68kg

Stacey HYMER 

AUS 

Jaouad ACHAB 

BEL

Skylar PARK 

CAN 

Nedzad HUSIC 

BIH

Fernanda AGUIRRE 

CHI 

Edival PONTES 

BRA

Lijun ZHOU 

CHN 

Shuai ZHAO 

CHN

Jade JONES 

GBR 

Bernardo PIE 

DOM

Fani TZELI 

GRE 

Abdelrahman Wael MAHMOUD ABOW

EGY

Nahid KIYANICHANDEH 

IRI 

Javier PEREZ POLO 

ESP

Mayu HAMADA 

JPN 

Bradly SINDEN 

GBR

Ahreum LEE 

KOR 

Mirhashem HOSSEINI 

IRI

10 

Nada LAARAJ 

MAR 

10 

Ricardo SUZUKI 

JPN

11 

Tekiath BEN YESSOUF 

NIG 

11 

Daehoon LEE 

KOR

12 

Patrycja ADAMKIEWICZ 

POL 

12 

Seydou FOFANA 

MLI

13 

Tatiana MININA 

ROC 

13 

Tom BURNS 

NZL

14 

Chia-Ling LO 

TPE 

14 

Yu-Jen HUANG 

TPE

15 

Hatice Kubra ILGUN 

TUR 

15 

Hakan RECBER 

TUR

16 

Anastasija ZOLOTIC 

USA 

16 

Ulugbek RASHITOV 

UZB

17 

Kimia ALIZADEH ZENOORIN 

EOR 

17 

Abdullah SEDIQI 

EOR

W-67kg 

M-80kg

Farida AZIZOVA 

AZE 

Jack MARTON 

AUS

Milena TITONELI 

BRA 

Milad BEIGI HARCHEGANI 

AZE

Mengyu ZHANG 

CHN 

Icaro Miguel MARTINS SOARES 

BRA

Ruth GBAGBI 

CIV 

Faysal SAWADOGO 

BUR

Naomie KATOKA 

COD 

Cheick Sallah CISSE 

CIV

Matea JELIC 

CRO 

Toni KANAET 

CRO

Hedaya WAHBA 

EGY 

Moises HERNANDEZ ENCARNACION

DOM

Magda WIET HENIN 

FRA 

Seif EISSA 

EGY

Lauren WILLIAMS 

GBR 

Raul MARTINEZ GARCIA 

ESP

10 

Lauren LEE 

HAI 

10 

Simone ALESSIO 

ITA

11 

Julyana AL-SADEQ 

JOR 

11 

Saleh ELSHARABATY 

JOR

12 

Elizabeth Oluchi ANYANACHO 

NGR 

12 

Achraf MAHBOUBI 

MAR

13 

Malia PASEKA 

TGA 

13 

Richard Andre ORDEMANN 

NOR

14 

Nur TATAR ASKARI 

TUR 

14 

Maksim KHRAMTCOV 

ROC

15 

Paige MC PHERSON 

USA 

15 

Wei-Ting LIU 

TPE

16 

Nigora TURSUNKULOVA 

UZB 

16 

Nikita RAFALOVICH 

UZB

W+67kg 

M+80kg

Reba STEWART 

AUS 

Farzad MANSOURI 

AFG

Shuyin ZHENG 

CHN 

Hongyi SUN 

CHN

Aminata Charlene TRAORE 

CIV 

Seydou GBANE 

CIV

Katherine RODRIGUEZ PEGUERO 

DOM 

Ivan SAPINA 

CRO

Althea LAURIN 

FRA 

Rafael Yunier ALBA CASTILLO 

CUB

Bianca WALKDEN 

GBR 

Anthony Mylann OBAME 

GAB

Keyla Paola AVILA RAMIREZ 

HON 

Mahama CHO 

GBR

Cansel DENIZ 

KAZ 

Alexander BACHMANN 

GER

Faith OGALLO 

KEN 

Ruslan ZHAPAROV 

KAZ

10 

Dabin LEE 

KOR 

10 

Kyo Don IN 

KOR

11 

Briseida ACOSTA 

MEX 

11 

Carlos SANSORES 

MEX

12 

Reshmie OOGINK 

NED 

12 

Dejan GEORGIEVSKI 

MKD

13 

Aleksandra KOWALCZUK 

POL 

13 

Abdoul Razak ISSOUFOU ALFAGA 

NIG

14 

Milica MANDIC 

SRB 

14 

Vladislav LARIN 

ROC

15 

Nafia KUS 

TUR 

15 

Ivan Konrad TRAJKOVIC 

SLO

16 

Svetlana OSIPOVA 

UZB 

16 

Pita TAUFATOFUA 

TGA