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The object of Taekwondo is to land kicks and punches on your opponent’s scoring zones: one point is awarded for a valid kick or punch to the torso, two points for a valid spinning kick, and four points for a turning kick to the head.
The action takes place inside an 8m x 8m zone called a court, with each contest made up of three two-minute rounds. Over their standard white uniform, known as a ‘dobok’, competitors wear coloured protective equipment. The competitor wearing blue is referred to as ‘chung’, while the competitor in red is ‘hong’.
The eight Taekwondo events at the London 2012 Games – four weight categories for men, four for women – will be played in a knockout format. The winners of each contest will qualify for the next round, with the two finalists going head to head in the gold medal contest. All competitors who lose to one of the finalists will enter the 'repechage', which will eventually determine the winners of the bronze medals.
As the 2012 London Olympic Games is less than one year away, taekwondo athletes who dream of an Olympic medal go to all lengths to make their dream come true.
A total of 128 athletes will compete for top honors at the taekwondo competition of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and 24 athletes from 15 countries were qualified at the 2011 WTF World Qualification Tournament which was held at Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 30 to July 3, 2011.
Four spots will be decided on through the tripartite consultation among the IOC, the ANOC and the WTF, which are known as "wild cards," while the host country of Great Britain will secure four spots automatically.
All Olympic hopefuls will compete to gain one out of remaining 96 spots at the continental qualification tournaments.