| Event type

Foil, Individual, Men

Date13 August 2008
LocationGuojia Huiyi Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants26 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-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. Joppich 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 Joppich 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.

15Benjamin KleibrinkGERGold
29Yuki OtaJPNSilver
36Salvatore SanzoITABronze
48Zhu JunCHN
51Peter JoppichGER
62Andrea CassaràITA
73Erwann Le PéchouxFRA
84Lei ShengCHN
97Choi Byeong-CheolKOR
1010Gerek MeinhardtUSA
1111Kenta ChidaJPN
1213Sławomir MocekPOL
1314Brice GuyartFRA
1416Richard KruseGBR
1517Roland SchlosserAUT
1621Josh McGuireCAN
1712Tomer OrISR
1815Javier MenéndezESP
1918Virgil SălișcanROU
2019Lahoussine AliMAR
2120Nontapat PanchanTHA
2222Lau Kwok KinHKG
2323João Albuquerque e SouzaBRA
2424Mostafa NagatyEGY
2525Khalid Al-HamadiQAT
2626Alberto GonzálezARG

Round One

Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 AugAndrea Cassarà (2)ITAbye
Bout #213 Aug 10:00Roland Schlosser (17)AUT15 – 9Javier Menéndez (15)ESP
Bout #313 Aug 10:00Gerek Meinhardt (10)USA15 – 3Mostafa Nagaty (24)EGY
Bout #413 Aug 10:30Zhu Jun (8)CHN15 – 2Alberto González (26)ARG
Bout #513 AugBenjamin Kleibrink (5)GERbye
Bout #613 Aug 10:30Kenta Chida (11)JPN15 – 6Lau Kwok Kin (22)HKG
Bout #713 Aug 10:30Sławomir Mocek (13)POL15 – 7Nontapat Panchan (20)THA
Bout #813 AugLei Sheng (4)CHNbye
Bout #913 AugErwann Le Péchoux (3)FRAbye
Bout #1013 Aug 10:30Brice Guyart (14)FRA15 – 3Lahoussine Ali (19)MAR
Bout #1113 Aug 11:00Josh McGuire (21)CAN11 – 10Tomer Or (12)ISR
Bout #1213 AugSalvatore Sanzo (6)ITAbye
Bout #1313 Aug 11:00Choi Byeong-Cheol (7)KOR15 – 3Khalid Al-Hamadi (25)QAT
Bout #1413 Aug 11:00Yuki Ota (9)JPN15 – 4João Albuquerque e Souza (23)BRA
Bout #1513 Aug 11:00Richard Kruse (16)GBR15 – 6Virgil Sălișcan (18)ROU
Bout #1613 AugPeter Joppich (1)GERbye

Round Two

Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 Aug 11:30Andrea Cassarà (2)ITA15 – 8Roland Schlosser (17)AUT
Bout #213 Aug 11:30Zhu Jun (8)CHN15 – 9Gerek Meinhardt (10)USA
Bout #313 Aug 11:30Benjamin Kleibrink (5)GER15 – 10Kenta Chida (11)JPN
Bout #413 Aug 11:30Lei Sheng (4)CHN15 – 8Sławomir Mocek (13)POL
Bout #513 Aug 12:00Erwann Le Péchoux (3)FRA15 – 10Brice Guyart (14)FRA
Bout #613 Aug 12:00Salvatore Sanzo (6)ITA15 – 3Josh McGuire (21)CAN
Bout #713 Aug 12:00Yuki Ota (9)JPN15 – 14Choi Byeong-Cheol (7)KOR
Bout #813 Aug 12:00Peter Joppich (1)GER10 – 9Richard Kruse (16)GBR


Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 Aug 13:10Zhu Jun (8)CHN15 – 14Andrea Cassarà (2)ITA
Bout #213 Aug 13:10Benjamin Kleibrink (5)GER15 – 7Lei Sheng (4)CHN
Bout #313 Aug 13:10Salvatore Sanzo (6)ITA10 – 9Erwann Le Péchoux (3)FRA
Bout #413 Aug 13:10Yuki Ota (9)JPN15 – 12Peter Joppich (1)GER


Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 Aug 18:00Benjamin Kleibrink (5)GER15 – 4Zhu Jun (8)CHN
Bout #213 Aug 18:30Yuki Ota (9)JPN15 – 14Salvatore Sanzo (6)ITA

Final Round

Date13 August 2008
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/213 Aug 21:00Benjamin Kleibrink (5)GER15 – 9Yuki Ota (9)JPN
Bout 3/413 Aug 20:00Salvatore Sanzo (6)ITA15 – 14Zhu Jun (8)CHN