Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
Italy and Germany were expected to do well in the foil. Italian [Andrea Cassarà] had won the 2011 world title, defeating compatriot [Valerio Aspromonte] in the final in Catania. Cassarà was also ranked first in the FIE rankings, although Aspromonte was seeded first in the Olympic tournament. Third Italian on the squad was [Andrea Baldini]. He had missed the 2008 Games, after it was reported he had failed a drug test. He was cleared of the accusations several months later, immediately earning the World and European titles of 2009. Germany had entered defending champion, [Benjamin Kleibrink], and the four-time World Champion, [Peter Joppich]. Earlier in the 2012 season, [Lei Sheng] had earned the Asian title, while European gold was claimed by [Aleksey Cheremisinov], two months before the Olympics.
The first casualties fell in the round of 32, where Kleibrink was served revenge by [Yuki Ota], who had lost the 2008 Olympic final to him. Joppich suffered defeat at the hands of [Alaaeldin Abouelkassem], the 2010 Junior World Champion. Abouelkassem, son of an Egyptian father and Algerian mother, had suffered his father's death just a few months before the Olympics, but this did not stop him from upsetting also Cassarà in the quarter-finals. Lei Sheng, a three-time World Championship medallist, took care of the other two Italians, outscoring Aspromonte in the quarter-finals, and Baldini in the semis. The Chinese and the Egyptian met in the final, where Lei took a 8-5 lead in the first period. Abouelkassem recovered to lead by two points at 13-11, but then received four touches in a row to give the title to Lei. With the bronze taken by [Choi Byeong-Cheol] of South Korea, the entire podium was taken by non-European fencers. This had not happened since 1904, when only Cuban and American foil fencers competed.
|3||Choi Byeong-Cheol||30||South Korea||KOR||Bronze||6|
|9||Race Imboden||19||United States||USA||5|
|12||Erwann Le Péchoux||30||France||FRA||12|
|13||Alexander Massialas||18||United States||USA||13|
|17||Richard Kruse||28||Great Britain||GBR||15|
|23||James Davis||21||Great Britain||GBR||28|
|25||Miles Chamley-Watson||22||United States||USA||30|
|34||Husayn Rosowsky||21||Great Britain||GBR||56|
|35||Nicholas Choi||19||Hong Kong||HKG||61|