Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The men's épée likely had the most remarkable result of any of the 2012 Olympic fencing competitions, as none of the pre-contest favorites made it to the semi-finals. All of the semi-finalists were ranked outside of the top 10 in the FIE ranking, and none of the medallists had ever won a medal at the World Championships or Olympic Games before. In addition, both finalists won the first ever Olympic fencing medal for their country.
Eventual champion was Venezuela's [Rubén Limardo], winning only his country's second ever Olympic title. En route to the final, he ousted the world number 5 ([Max Heinzer]) and the current World Champion ([Paolo Pizzo]). His semi-final opponent, [Seth Kelsey] had won World Championship medals with the US team, and had kicked out [Nikolai Novosjolov], the number one seed. Limardo's opponent in the final was Norway's [Bartosz Piasecki]. The son of a Polish fencing coach, he had defeated two members of the 2011 French World Championship team - including a narrow 15-14 defeat of [Yannick Borel] - as well as veteran [Géza Imre] of Hungary.
The final saw Limardo gaining a clear 14-6 lead, before he almost succumbed to pressure, allowing Piasecki to comeback to 14-10, before finishing off the match. The bronze medal match gave more excitement\\: [Jeong Jin-Seon] defeated Kelsey only in over-time, after two double-hits (the fencers touching each other simultaneously).
|3||Jeong Jin-Seon||28||South Korea||KOR||Bronze||15|
|4||Seth Kelsey||30||United States||USA||20|
|17||Park Gyeong-Du||27||South Korea||KOR||7|
|19||Soren Thompson||31||United States||USA||14|
|24||Ayman Alaa El-Din||21||Egypt||EGY||25|
|26||Abdel-Karim El Haouari||18||Morocco||MAR||68|
|29||Nguyễn Tiến Nhật||22||Vietnam||VIE||230|
|30||Leung Ka Ming||23||Hong Kong||HKG||281|