Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 10, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
|Bronze:||JosÃ© Luis Abajo|
The men's Ã©pÃ©e produced a spree of upsets in the early stages of the competition. World champion [Krisztian Kulcsar] of Hungary was the first to fall, followed swiftly by defending Olympic champion [JÃ©rÃ´me Jeannet] of France and world #1 [Silvio FernÃ¡ndez] of Venezuela.
Those who survived the cull of top rated fencers to reach the Olympic final were former World Champion [Fabrice Jeannet], younger brother of JÃ©rÃ´me, and Italy's [Matteo Tagliariol] who had won the silver medal at the 2007 European Championship. Tagliariol was victorious in Beijing and revived the Italian tradition of Olympic success in the event that had been dormant since [Giuseppe Delfino] won Italy's sixth successive title in front of his home crowd in 1960.
The charismatic Tagliarol, who was inspired to fence by Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, became a popular media celebrity in his home country following his victory even as the standard of his performances dipped following the Beijing Olympics. He failed to gain a place on the Italian team for the London Olympics.
|3||JosÃ© Luis Abajo||30||Spain||ESP||Bronze|
|5||Jeong Jin-Seon||24||South Korea||KOR|
|17||Seth Kelsey||26||United States||USA|
|20||Kim Won-Jin||23||South Korea||KOR|
|27||Kim Seung-Gu||27||South Korea||KOR|
|38||Mike Wood||37||South Africa||RSA|
|39||Dario Torrente||42||South Africa||RSA|
|40||Given Maduma||21||South Africa||RSA|