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|