Olympic Taekwondo 2016: Dates, Start Times, TV Schedule, Live Stream

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The ancient martial art of Taekwondo enters the 2016 Olympics spotlight this week.

Men’s and women’s taekwondo fighters will duke it out for Olympic glory Wednesday through Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, beginning with the women’s under-49 kilogram and ending with the men’s over-80 kilogram competitions.

Watch out for American master Steven Lopez, who is set become the first athlete to compete in five straight Olympic Games. Lopez, 37, won gold in 2000 and 2004 and bronze in 2008. But a broken leg marred his preparation for the 2012 London Games, which he exited on a first-round knockout. The five-time world championship winner is keen to reclaim his throne after all these years.

Here’s everything you need to watch all the taekwondo events in Rio.

Live Stream:
NBCOlympics.com

Wednesday, Aug. 17
Women’s 49 kg, round of 16 (8 a.m.)
Men’s 58 kg, round of 16 (8:15 a.m.)
Women’s 49 kg, quarterfinals (2 p.m.)
Men’s 58 kg, quarterfinals (2:15 p.m.)
Women’s 49 kg, semifinals (4 p.m.)
Women’s 58 kg, semifinals (4:15 p.m.)
Women’s 49 kg, repechage (7 p.m.)
Men’s 58 kg, repechage (7:15 p.m.)
Women’s 49 kg, bronze medal finals (8 p.m.)
Men’s 58 kg, bronze medal finals (8:15 p.m.)
Women’s 49 kg, gold medal final (9 p.m.)
Men’s 58 kg, gold medal final (9:15 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug. 18
Women’s 57 kg, round of 16 (8 a.m.)
Men’s 68 kg, round of 16 (8:15 a.m.)
Women’s 57 kg, quarterfinals (2 p.m.)
Men’s 68 kg, quarterfinals (2:15 p.m.)
Women’s 57 kg, semifinals (4 p.m.)
Women’s 68 kg, semifinals (4:15 p.m.)
Women’s 57 kg, repechage (7 p.m.)
Men’s 68 kg, repechage (7:15 p.m.)
Women’s 57 kg, bronze medal finals (8 p.m.)
Men’s 68 kg, bronze medal finals (8:15 p.m.)
Women’s 57 kg, gold medal final (9 p.m.)
Men’s 68 kg, gold medal final (9:15 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 19
Women’s 67 kg, round of 16 (8 a.m.)
Men’s 80 kg, round of 16 (8:15 a.m.)
Women’s 67 kg, quarterfinals (2 p.m.)
Men’s 80 kg, quarterfinals (2:15 p.m.)
Women’s 67 kg, semifinals (4 p.m.)
Women’s 80 kg, semifinals (4:15 p.m.)
Women’s 67 kg, repechage (7 p.m.)
Men’s 80 kg, repechage (7:15 p.m.)
Women’s 67 kg, bronze medal finals (8 p.m.)
Men’s 80 kg, bronze medal finals (8:15 p.m.)
Women’s 67 kg, gold medal final (9 p.m.)
Men’s 80 kg, gold medal final (9:15 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 20
Women’s over 67 kg, round of 16 (8 a.m.)
Men’s over 80 kg, round of 16 (8:15 a.m.)
Women’s over 67 kg, quarterfinals (2 p.m.)
Men’s over 80 kg, quarterfinals (2:15 p.m.)
Women’s over 67 kg, semifinals (4 p.m.)
Women’s over 80 kg, semifinals (4:15 p.m.)
Women’s over 67 kg, repechage (7 p.m.)
Men’s over 80 kg, repechage (7:15 p.m.)
Women’s over 67 kg, bronze medal finals (8 p.m.)
Men’s over 80 kg, bronze medal finals (8:15 p.m.)
Women’s over 67 kg, gold medal final (9 p.m.)
Men’s over 80 kg, gold medal final (9:15 p.m.)

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