Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Roman Amoyan
The heavy favorite was Iran’s Hamid Sourian, who had won the last three World Championships. In the quarter-finals he met Russian Nazyr Mankiyev, who had won the 2008 World Cup, and was third at the 2007 World Championships. The match was very close with all three periods ending in a tie, but Mankiyev won the third-period tie-breaker, and the match, to move on. He then defeated 2007 World Championship silver medalist Park Eun-Chul of Korea, also taking three periods to defeat him. The final came down to Mankiyev against Azerbaijani Rövşən Bayramov, twice a European Champion (2007-08). This time Mankiyev won in straight periods to claim the gold medal. Bayramov would repeat as silver medalist at London in 2012.
|3T||Park Eun-Chul||27||South Korea||KOR||Bronze|
|8||Spenser Mango||22||United States||USA|
|15||Cha Kwang-Su||29||North Korea||PRK|