Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Radoslav Velikov
American Henry Cejudo had won the 2007 Pan American Games gold medal but had not featured at the World Championships. A Mexican-American born to undocumented immigrants he had overcome more than most Olympians to reach the top. He made it to the final with a series of upsets where he met Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga, who also had little international reputation, but who had defeated the 2007 World Champion, Russian Besik Kudukhov in the semi-finals. Cejudo won the first two periods over Matsunaga to claim the gold medal. Matsunaga later competed in some Sasuke competitions in Japan, a televised obstacle course event.
|1||Henry Cejudo||21||United States||USA||Gold|
|9||Kim Hyo-Seop||27||South Korea||KOR|
|12||Yang Kyong-Il||18||North Korea||PRK|