Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 11, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repêchage tournament for the bronze medal.
|Bronze:|| Liu Xiaobo
The top two seeds were Korea's Ja Dong-Min and France's François Coulombe-Fortier but both went out in the quarter-finals. Ja lost to Turkey's Bahri Tanrıkulu, but he lost his semi-final to Gabon's Anthony Obame. The other semi saw Italy's Carlo Molfetta defeat Mali's Daba Modibo Keita, who had beaten Coulombe-Fortier. Molfetta was the 2010 European Champion and twice a silver medalist at the World Championships. He won the final, but only on a superiority decision after he and Obame tied 9-9, with Obame blaming what he called a "youthful error" near the end of the match costing him a point. Obame had no previous international medals and his silver medal was the first-ever medal won by Gabon at the Olympic Games. Both Modibo Keita and Tanrıkulu went to the bronze medal finals, but neither won. Modibo had to withdraw due to injury from his match against Cuba's Robelis Despaigne, who also won bronze in the event in 2008, while Tanrıkulu lost 3-2 to China's Liu Xiaobo.
|5T||Daba Modibo Keita||31||Mali||MLI|
|9T||Ja Dong-Min||25||South Korea||KOR|
|11T||Ivan Konrad Trajkovič||20||Slovenia||SLO|