Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): China Agricultural University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 14, 2008
Date Finished: August 14, 2008
Format: Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Mindaugas Mizgaitis
The last three World Championships had been won by Cuba’s Mijaín López (2005 / 2007) and Russian Khasan Baroyev (2006), who was also the defending Olympic Champion. As expected they met in the final in Beijing, with López winning the gold medal in straight periods. López would return to defend his gold medal at London in 2012, and also won the Worlds in 2009-10, and in 2011 would win his third straight gold medal at the Pan American Games. The bronze medals went to Lithuania’s Mindaugas Mizgaitis and Armenia’s Yury Patrikeyev. Patrikeyev was actually Russian and had been 2002 and 2004 European Champion, but was bypassed for the 2004 Olympics in favor of Baroyev, so Patrikeyev left the Russian team and started competing for Armenia in 2005.
|7||Dremiel Byers||33||United States||USA|
|19||Yasser Abdel Rahman Sakr||30||Egypt||EGY|