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 runner-up, and Azerbaijani [Xetaq Qazyumov]. Oddly, in 2012 at London Gogshelidze and Qazyumov would repeat as the bronze medalists in this class.