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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 9th (+67kg)

Recent Performances

  • 3rd - 2012 World University Championship (Poncheon, Korea)
  • 1st - 2012 Dutch Open (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • 3rd - 2012 USA Open (Las Vegas, USA)
  • 3rd - 2012 Spanish Open (Alicante, Spain)
  • 1st - 2011 Oceania London Olympic Qualifiers (New Caledonia)
  • Round of 32 - 2012 World Olympic Qualifiers (Baku, Azerbaijan)
  • 3rd - 2011 World Universiade (Shenzhen, China)

Career Highlights

  • Winning silver at the World Cup in Japan, 2002.
  • Winning the U/63kg bronze medal at the World Taekwondo Championships in Madrid, 2005.
  • Reaching the quarterfinals in my first Olympic Games in Beijing, 2008.

Interesting Facts

  • At the Oceania Olympic Qualification tournament, Carmen Marton qualified Australia a place in the women's under 67kg division when she knocked out Hayley Schofield from New Zealand. In 2011 she also won bronze in the World Universiade.
  • At the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Marton competed in the over 67kg division but was beaten by former world champion Natalia Falavigna of Brazil in the quarter final.
  • Marton first tasted international taekwondo success as a junior, winning gold at the Korean Open in 2000. The following year she won a silver medal at the Junior Asian Championships in Taiwan and followed it up with another silver in 2002 at the World Cup in Japan. She also won bronze in the 55 - 63kg division at the 2003 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
  • She was unlucky to miss selection for the Athens Olympics but went on to win a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships in Spain.
  • Marton's partner Safwan Khalil will also compete for Australia in taekwondo at the London Olympics, with a wedding planned for after the Games. Marton started taekwondo when she was eight years old under the tutelage of her father who had trained while he was living in Poland as a young man. It took her many years to appreciate why her parents had encouraged her to participate in an individual sport and what made taekwondo so special.

Sport

Years on national team

11

Coach

Andrew Marton (1994 - current)
Alf Dellorso (1998 - current)

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Club

Melbourne Taekwondo Centre (VIC, Australia)

Institute/Academy

Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne

Education

Primary

Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School (VIC, Australia)

Secondary

Fairhills High School (VIC, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science - Deakin University (2009 - 2012)


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