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Fencing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Individual

Fencing at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Lei Sheng
Silver: EGY Alaaeldin Abouelkassem
Bronze: KOR Choi Byeong-Cheol

Summary

Italy and Germany were expected to do well in the foil. Italian Andrea Cassarà had won the 2011 world title, defeating compatriot Valerio Aspromonte in the final in Catania. Cassarà was also ranked first in the FIE rankings, although Aspromonte was seeded first in the Olympic tournament. Third Italian on the squad was Andrea Baldini. He had missed the 2008 Games, after it was reported he had failed a drug test. He was cleared of the accusations several months later, immediately earning the World and European titles of 2009. Germany had entered defending champion, Benjamin Kleibrink, and the four-time World Champion, Peter Joppich. Earlier in the 2012 season, Lei Sheng had earned the Asian title, while European gold was claimed by Aleksey Cheremisinov, two months before the Olympics.

The first casualties fell in the round of 32, where Kleibrink was served revenge by Yuki Ota, who had lost the 2008 Olympic final to him. Joppich suffered defeat at the hands of Alaaeldin Abouelkassem, the 2010 Junior World Champion. Abouelkassem, son of an Egyptian father and Algerian mother, had suffered his father's death just a few months before the Olympics, but this did not stop him from upsetting also Cassarà in the quarter-finals. Lei Sheng, a three-time World Championship medallist, took care of the other two Italians, outscoring Aspromonte in the quarter-finals, and Baldini in the semis. The Chinese and the Egyptian met in the final, where Lei took a 8-5 lead in the first period. Abouelkassem recovered to lead by two points at 13-11, but then received four touches in a row to give the title to Lei. With the bronze taken by Choi Byeong-Cheol of South Korea, the entire podium was taken by non-European fencers. This had not happened since 1904, when only Cuban and American foil fencers competed.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal S
1 Lei Sheng 28 China CHN Gold 9
2 Alaaeldin Abouelkassem 21 Egypt EGY Silver 8
3 Choi Byeong-Cheol 30 South Korea KOR Bronze 6
4 Andrea Baldini 26 Italy ITA 14
5 Andrea Cassarà 28 Italy ITA 1
6 Valerio Aspromonte 25 Italy ITA 2
7 Ma Jianfei 27 China CHN 4
8 Aleksey Cheremisinov 27 Russia RUS 7
9 Race Imboden 19 United States USA 5
10 Victor Sintès 31 France FRA 10
11 Peter Joppich 29 Germany GER 11
12 Erwann Le Péchoux 30 France FRA 12
13 Alexander Massialas 18 United States USA 13
14 Yuki Ota 26 Japan JPN 16
15 Sebastian Bachmann 25 Germany GER 17
16 Artur Akhmatkhuzin 24 Russia RUS 21
17 Richard Kruse 28 Great Britain GBR 15
18 Benjamin Kleibrink 26 Germany GER 18
19 Renal Ganeyev 27 Russia RUS 20
20 Ryo Miyake 21 Japan JPN 24
21 Étienne Lalonde-Turbide 23 Canada CAN 25
22 Enzo Lefort 20 France FRA 27
23 James Davis 21 Great Britain GBR 28
24 Kenta Chida 26 Japan JPN 29
25 Miles Chamley-Watson 22 United States USA 30
26 Roland Schlosser 29 Austria AUT 33
27 Zhu Jun 28 China CHN 37
28 Tarek Fouad 25 Egypt EGY 39
29 Daniel Gómez 22 Mexico MEX 49
30 Radu Dărăban 29 Romania ROU 54
31 Mohamed Samandi 25 Tunisia TUN 58
32 Guilherme Toldo 19 Brazil BRA 92
33 Lahoussine Ali 37 Morocco MAR 52
34 Husayn Rosowsky 21 Great Britain GBR 56
35 Nicholas Choi 19 Hong Kong HKG 61
36 Bojan Jovanović 32 Croatia CRO 70
37 Zain Shaito 21 Lebanon LIB 103
38 Anas Mostafa 21 Egypt EGY 379