Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament. All fighters losing to the finalists in each pool advance to repÃªchage tournament for the bronze medal.
|Bronze:|| Chu Mu-Yen
The favorites were the defending champion [Chu Mu-Yen] of Chinese Taipei, and 2007 World Champion [Juan Antonio Ramos] of Spain. But they were both defeated by [Yulis Mercedes] of the Dominican Republic, the 2007 Pan American Games champion, who made his way to the final, where he met his close friend, Mexicoâs [Guillermo PÃ©rez], silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds. The final match went to overtime, and after a scoreless overtime, PÃ©rez was awarded the gold medal by superiority, which was the first Mexican gold medal at the Olympics since 1984.
One bronze medal was historic when it went to Afghanistanâs [Rohullah Nikpai], the first ever Olympic medal for his country. Nikpai noted, âI hope this will send a message of peace to my country after 30 years of war. I won the medal for my country.â
|2||Yulis Mercedes||28||Dominican Republic||DOM||Silver|
|3T||Chu Mu-Yen||26||Chinese Taipei||TPE||Bronze|
|5T||Juan Antonio Ramos||31||Spain||ESP|
|7T||Michael Harvey||18||Great Britain||GBR|
|11T||M. A. Jean Moloise Ogoudjobi||22||Benin||BEN|