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:|| David Musuľbes
Uzbeki Artur Taymazov had won a silver medal in this class in 2000 and then won the gold medal in 2004. He had won the 2006 World Championships and was favored to win his second consecutive gold in Beijing. In the semi-finals he faced [David Musul’bes], who had won the 2000 gold medal representing Russia. Musul’bes had not been chosen for the 2004 Olympic team so left the Russian squad and began competing for Slovakia, as he did in Beijing. The match between the last two gold medalists was very close, but Taymazov prevailed, winning the first two periods 1-0. In the final Taymazov faced Russian Bakhtiyar Akhmedov, also shutting him in and winning in two straight periods. Taymazov would return in 2012 and win his third consecutive gold medal in this class. Musul’bes held on and won a bronze medal in Beijing, along with Kazakh Marid Mutalimov.
|7||Steve Mocco||26||United States||USA|
|15||Kim Jae-Gang||20||South Korea||KOR|