Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Xetaq Qazyumov
Russia’s Khadzhimurat Gatsalov was the defending gold medalist and had won the last three World Championships, but he was not chosen for the Russian team in 2008, after losing a trials match against Sharvani Muradov, who had won the 2007 European Championship. Muradov made it to the final, where he faced Kazakh Taymuraz Tigiyev, defeating him in straight periods, as Tigiyev could not score off Muradov. The bronze medals went to Georgian Giorgi Gogshelidze, 2008 European Champion and 2007 World Championships runner-up, and Azerbaijani Xetaq Qazyumov. Oddly, in 2012 at London Gogshelidze and Qazyumov would repeat as the bronze medalists in this class.