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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GER Benjamin Kleibrink
Silver: JPN Yuki Ota
Bronze: ITA Salvatore Sanzo


[Peter Joppich] of Germany, the 2006 and 2007 World Champion was already a hot favourite for the Olympic title even before his main rival [Andrea Baldini] of Italy tested positive for a banned diuretic at the European Championships and lost his chance of a place on the Italian team. Jopprich and Baldini had contested the last two World Championship finals.

Jopprich did not live up to expectations and instead it was another German, [Benjamin Kleibrink], who reached the final, where he met [Yuki Ota], the man who had eliminated Jopprich in the quarter finals and then defeated 2005 world champion [Salvatore Sanzo] in the semi-final. Ota fell behind in the early stages of the final and could not bridge the gap to the German who became his nation's first champion in men's foil.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Benjamin Kleibrink 23 Germany GER Gold
2 Yuki Ota 22 Japan JPN Silver
3 Salvatore Sanzo 32 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Zhu Jun 24 China CHN
5 Peter Joppich 25 Germany GER
6 Andrea Cassarà 24 Italy ITA
7 Erwann Le Péchoux 26 France FRA
8 Lei Sheng 24 China CHN
9 Choi Byeong-Cheol 26 South Korea KOR
10 Gerek Meinhardt 18 United States USA
11 Kenta Chida 22 Japan JPN
12 Sławomir Mocek 31 Poland POL
13 Brice Guyart 27 France FRA
14 Richard Kruse 25 Great Britain GBR
15 Roland Schlosser 25 Austria AUT
16 Josh McGuire 25 Canada CAN
17 Tomer Or 29 Israel ISR
18 Javier Menéndez 27 Spain ESP
19 Virgil Sălișcan 24 Romania ROU
20 Lahoussine Ali 33 Morocco MAR
21 Nontapat Panchan 26 Thailand THA
22 Lau Kwok Kin 31 Hong Kong HKG
23 João Souza 24 Brazil BRA
24 Mostafa Nagaty 25 Egypt EGY
25 Khalid Al-Hamadi 20 Qatar QAT
26 Alberto González 35 Argentina ARG