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Having the round of 16 successfully completed during the 3rd Competition day of the Taekwondo in Rio 2016, twelve European athletes competed in the categories -67kg for women and -80kg for men. Totally, seven out of twelve European athletes qualified to the quarterfinals setting a strong European presence towards the medals. In detail, totally four Women and three Men passed to the next round.
The milestone match of the quarterfinals will be the one between the myth of Taekwondo from America, Steven Lopez is participating for 5th time in the Olympic Games and the British Muhammed Lutalo and both of them are targeting the higher step of the podium.  
Besides the Zaninovic sisters that competed the days before, today’s competitions are hosting another brother and sister. Rabia Guelec and Tahir Guelec grom Germany, in women and men category respectively prove once more that Taekwondo is a family sport.
While the competitions are in process, the non-qualified Baryshnikova Anastasia (RUS), Johansson Elin (SWE), Gaun Albert (RUS), Cook Aaron (MDA) and Pazinski Piotr (POL) are waiting to claim a place in the repechages. 
The matches of the European quarterfinalists for the next phase for the -80kg men category are:
Muhammed Lutato (GBR) VS Steven Lopez (USA)
Beigi Harchgani Milad (AZE) VS Khodabakhshi Mahdi (IRI)
Guelec Tahir (GER) VS Cisse Cheick Sallah Junior (CIV)
Women -67kg
Tatar Nur (TUR) VS Rabia Guelec (GER)
Haby Niare (FRA) VS Gbagbiruth Marie Christelle (CIV)
Farida Azizova (AZE) VS Tursunkulova Nigora (UZB)


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