Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales; Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
Though missing out on a medal at the 1996 Olympics, [Kim Yeong-Ho] of Korea had caused a major upset by defeating reigning World Champion [Dmitry Shevchenko] of Russia in Atlanta. Since then Kim had established himself as one of the world's best and had won World Championship medals in 1997 and 1999. However his victory over [Serhiy Holubytskiy] of Ukraine was still a huge upset as the Ukrainian had completely dominated the event in the years since the Barcelona Olympics.
Strangely the quarter final victory over the World Champion was Kim's only clear victory of an entire campaign peppered with 15-14 and 15-13 wins.
It was one of the 15-14 victories that earned him the gold medal as Kim overcame [Ralf Bißdorf] in the final to become the first Asian male to win an Olympic fencing title.
|1||Kim Yeong-Ho||29||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|10||Cliff Bayer||23||United States||USA|
|28||James Beevers||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|32||Abdul Muhsen Ali||23||Kuwait||KUW|
|36||Tamer Mohamed Tahoun||23||Egypt||EGY|
|39||Maher Ben Aziza||20||Tunisia||TUN|