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Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales; Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: KOR Kim Yeong-Ho
Silver: GER Ralf Bißdorf
Bronze: RUS Dmitry Shevchenko


Though missing out on a medal at the 1996 Olympics, [Kim Yeong-Ho] of Korea had caused a major upset by defeating reigning World Champion [Dmitry Shevchenko] of Russia in Atlanta. Since then Kim had established himself as one of the world's best and had won World Championship medals in 1997 and 1999. However his victory over [Serhiy Holubytskiy] of Ukraine was still a huge upset as the Ukrainian had completely dominated the event in the years since the Barcelona Olympics.

Strangely the quarter final victory over the World Champion was Kim's only clear victory of an entire campaign peppered with 15-14 and 15-13 wins.

It was one of the 15-14 victories that earned him the gold medal as Kim overcame [Ralf Bißdorf] in the final to become the first Asian male to win an Olympic fencing title.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kim Yeong-Ho 29 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Ralf Bißdorf 29 Germany GER Silver
3 Dmitry Shevchenko 32 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Jean-Noël Ferrari 26 France FRA
5 Salvatore Sanzo 24 Italy ITA
6 Serhiy Holubytskiy 30 Ukraine UKR
7 Richard Breutner 21 Germany GER
8 Márk Marsi 27 Hungary HUN
9 Elvis Gregory 29 Cuba CUB
10 Cliff Bayer 23 United States USA
11 Matteo Zennaro 24 Italy ITA
12 João Gomes 25 Portugal POR
13 Carlos Rodríguez 22 Venezuela VEN
14 Rolando Tucker 28 Cuba CUB
15 Ye Chong 30 China CHN
16 Sławomir Mocek 23 Poland POL
17 Oscar García 33 Cuba CUB
18 Wolfgang Wienand 28 Germany GER
19 Dong Zhaozhi 26 China CHN
20 Benny Wendt 37 Austria AUT
21 Ilgar Mamedov 34 Russia RUS
22 Michael Ludwig 27 Austria AUT
23 Daniele Crosta 30 Italy ITA
24 Ryszard Sobczak 32 Poland POL
25 Andrey Deyev 22 Russia RUS
26 Adam Krzesiński 35 Poland POL
27 Brice Guyart 19 France FRA
28 James Beevers 21 Great Britain GBR
29 Lionel Plumenail 33 France FRA
30 Wang Haibin 26 China CHN
31 Oleksiy Kruhliak 24 Ukraine UKR
32 Abdul Muhsen Ali 23 Kuwait KUW
33 Naoto Okazaki 31 Japan JPN
34 Oleksiy Bryzhalov 29 Ukraine UKR
35 Gerald McMahon 43 Australia AUS
36 Tamer Mohamed Tahoun 23 Egypt EGY
37 Marco Martins 27 Brazil BRA
38 Leandro Marchetti 25 Argentina ARG
39 Maher Ben Aziza 20 Tunisia TUN
40 Andrey Kolganov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ