Olympic Taekwondo Weight Classes (Explained!)

Taekwondo has been an official medal Olympic sport since 2000. It is a series of fights for each weight class in which only the winner advances to the next tournament stage. In other words, Taekwondo athletes are divided into weight classes to ensure fair competition and high-level performance.

This article will cover the weight classes for men’s and women’s Taekwondo in the Summer Olympics. Stay tuned!

What Are the Olympic Taekwondo Weight Classes?

Taekwondo was first included as an official medal event in the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, in 2000 and has since remained an Olympic sport. Although, Taekwondo was again a demonstration sport at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea (1988) and Barcelona, Spain (1992).

A weight class is a specified weight range for taekwondo practitioners. There are eight Taekwondo weight classes at the Summer Olympics, with four for each gender. This number of weight divisions occurred since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) restricted the total taekwondo entries to 64 men and 64 women.

Olympic Taekwondo Weight Classes for Males

 Weight divisionWeight limit in kilogramWeight limit in pounds
Flyweight– 58 kg– 127.9 lbs
Featherweight– 68 kg– 149.9 lbs
Middleweight– 80 kg– 176.1 lbs
Heavyweight+ 80 kg+ 176.1 lbs

 Olympic Taekwondo Weight Classes for Females

Weight divisionWeight limit in kilogramWeight limit in pounds
Flyweight– 49 kg– 108 lbs
Featherweight– 57 kg– 125.7 lbs
Middleweight– 67 kg– 147.7 lbs
Heavyweight+ 67 kg+ 147.7 lbs

Taekwondo Weight Classes for Paris Olympics 2024

The Paris 2024 Olympic Taekwondo Games will have 128 participants (64 men and 64 women). This number has been the same since the Beijing Summer Olympic Games 2008.

Otherwise, Taekwondo’s weight categories have not varied since its debut on the Olympic calendar in Sydney in 2000, and they will stay the same in Paris in 2024.

Paris Olympics 2024 Taekwondo Weight Classes for Men

 Weight divisionWeight limit in kilogramWeight limit in pounds
Flyweight– 58 kg– 127.9 lbs
Featherweight– 68 kg– 149.9 lbs
Middleweight– 80 kg– 176.1 lbs
Heavyweight+ 80 kg+ 176.1 lbs

Paris Olympics 2024 Taekwondo Weight Classes for Women

Weight divisionWeight limit in kilogramWeight limit in pounds
Flyweight– 49 kg– 108 lbs
Featherweight– 57 kg– 125.7 lbs
Middleweight– 67 kg– 147.7 lbs
Heavyweight+ 67 kg+ 147.7 lbs

Conclusion

Taekwondo is a prominent Olympic sport that has been around since 2000. Each Summer Olympic Games has 64 men and 64 women TKD participants competing in eight weight divisions (four for each gender).

We hope this essay has helped you understand Taekwondo’s various Olympic weight divisions.

Related Articles

References