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The Greatest Taekwondo Athlete at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest taekwondo athlete of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Taekwondo athlete from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.olympic poster

Three athletes tie for the most successful all-time performing taekwondo athletes at the Olympic Games: Hwang Kyung-Seon (South Korea), Steven López (USA) and Hadi Saei (Iran), each with two golds and one bronze medal. There are another four athletes who have also won two golds, but no other medals. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

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Top Olympic Games Taekwondo Athletes

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of taekwondo for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt). All competitors with at least 2 medals are listed below.

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Taekwondo at the Olympic Games (including Tokyo 2020)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
=1 Hadi Saei Iran M 2 0 1 3 13
=1 Hwang Kyung-Seon South Korea F 2 0 1 3 13
=1 Steven López USA M 2 0 1 3 13
=4 Chen Zhong China F 2 0 0 2 12
=4 Wu Jingyu China F 2 0 0 2 12
=4 Jane Jones Great Britain F 2 0 0 2 12
=4 Milica Mandić Serbia F 2 0 0 2 12

notes: initial data from Wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 2 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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