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Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: CHN Zhong Man
Silver: FRA Nicolas Lopez
Bronze: ROU Mihai Covaliu


As in 2004, 1996 champion [Stanislav Pozdnyakov] of Russia arrived at the Olympic Games as the clear favourite for the title having won World Championship gold in both 2006 and 2007. In Athina he had failed to live up to expectations and exited at the quarter-final stage. Surely the same thing could not happen again? In fact it didn't - but only because the Russian didn't even get that far this time.

Pozdnyakov's conqueror was the French champion [Nicolas Lopez] who made the most of his opportunity by making a run to the final which also included a victory over Sydney Olympic champion [Mihai Covaliu].

Lopez's gold medal opponent was another surprise contender. [Zhong Man], representing the host nation of China, was a distance runner turned basketball player turned fencer from the same Jiangsu Province that had produced [Luan Jujie], the only other Chinese Olympic champion fencer. Zhong had been a solid if unspectacular competitor on the world scene until he won the Asian Championships earlier in 2008. He brought forward this rich vein of form to the Olympic Games. The Chinese and French fencers traded scores for the majority of the final and were tied at 4-all, 6-all and 9-all before Zhong went on a run of six successive scores to become the 1st Chinese male to win Olympic gold in the sport. The champion relaxed before bouts by watching a soap opera.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhong Man 25 China CHN Gold
2 Nicolas Lopez 27 France FRA Silver
3 Mihai Covaliu 30 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Julien Pillet 30 France FRA
5 Luigi Tarantino 35 Italy ITA
6 Keeth Smart 30 United States USA
7 Jorge Pina 31 Spain ESP
8 Aleksandr Buykevich 23 Belarus BLR
9 Nicolas Limbach 22 Germany GER
10 Aldo Montano 29 Italy ITA
11 Rareș Dumitrescu 24 Romania ROU
12 Jaime Martí 28 Spain ESP
13 O Eun-Seok 25 South Korea KOR
14 Boris Sanson 27 France FRA
15 Áron Szilágyi 18 Hungary HUN
16 Zhou Hanming 27 China CHN
17 Stanislav Pozdnyakov 34 Russia RUS
18 Zsolt Nemcsik 30 Hungary HUN
19 Tamás Decsi 25 Hungary HUN
20 Wang Jingzhi 25 China CHN
21 Aleksey Yakimenko 24 Russia RUS
22 Tim Morehouse 30 United States USA
23 Diego Occhiuzzi 27 Italy ITA
24 Dmitry Lapkes 32 Belarus BLR
25 Wiradech Kothny 29 Thailand THA
26 Nikolay Kovalyov 21 Russia RUS
27 Valery Priyemko 25 Belarus BLR
28 Jason Rogers 25 United States USA
29 Mamadou Keita 23 Senegal SEN
30 Philippe Beaudry 21 Canada CAN
31 Marcin Koniusz 24 Poland POL
32 Renzo Agresta 23 Brazil BRA
33 Carlos Bravo 35 Venezuela VEN
34 Mahmoud Samir 27 Egypt EGY
35 Gamal Fathy 23 Egypt EGY
36 Satoshi Ogawa 25 Japan JPN
37 Abdoulaye Thiam 24 Senegal SEN
38 Julien Ouedraogo 26 Burkina Faso BUR
39 Alex O'Connell 20 Great Britain GBR
40 Shadi Talaat 18 Egypt EGY