Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
[Peter Joppich] of Germany, the 2006 and 2007 World Champion was already a hot favourite for the Olympic title even before his main rival [Andrea Baldini] of Italy tested positive for a banned diuretic at the European Championships and lost his chance of a place on the Italian team. Jopprich and Baldini had contested the last two World Championship finals.
Jopprich did not live up to expectations and instead it was another German, [Benjamin Kleibrink], who reached the final, where he met [Yuki Ota], the man who had eliminated Jopprich in the quarter finals and then defeated 2005 world champion [Salvatore Sanzo] in the semi-final. Ota fell behind in the early stages of the final and could not bridge the gap to the German who became his nation's first champion in men's foil.
|7||Erwann Le PÃ©choux||26||France||FRA|
|9||Choi Byeong-Cheol||26||South Korea||KOR|
|10||Gerek Meinhardt||18||United States||USA|
|14||Richard Kruse||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|22||Lau Kwok Kin||31||Hong Kong||HKG|