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Sabre, Individual, Men

Date12 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationGuojia Huiyi Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants40 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

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.

PosSeedCompetitorNOC
110Zhong ManCHNGold
227Nicolas LopezFRASilver
37Mihai CovaliuROUBronze
420Julien PilletFRA
52Luigi TarantinoITA
65Keeth SmartUSA
713Jorge PinaESP
818Aliaksandr BuikevichBLR
91Nicolas LimbachGER
103Aldo MontanoITA
114Rareș DumitrescuROU
128Jaime MartíESP
1312Oh Eun-SeokKOR
1416Boris SansonFRA
1522Áron SzilágyiHUN
1623Zhou HanmingCHN
176Stanislav PozdnyakovRUS
189Zsolt NemcsikHUN
1911Tamás DecsiHUN
2014Wang JingzhiCHN
2115Aleksey YakimenkoRUS
2217Tim MorehouseUSA
2319Diego OcchiuzziITA
2421Dzmitry LapkesBLR
2524Wiradech KothnyTHA
2625Nikolay KovalyovRUS
2726Valery PryiemkaBLR
2828Jason RogersUSA
2929Mamadou KeitaSEN
3030Philippe BeaudryCAN
3133Marcin KoniuszPOL
3234Renzo AgrestaBRA
3331Carlos BravoVEN
3432Mahmoud SamirEGY
3535Gamal FathyEGY
3636Satoshi OgawaJPN
3737Abdoulaye ThiamSEN
3838Julien OuedraogoBUR
3939Alex O'ConnellGBR
4040Shadi TalaatEGY

Round One

Date12 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #112 AugLuigi Tarantino (2)ITAbye
Bout #212 Aug 10:00Renzo Agresta (34)BRA15 – 10Mahmoud Samir (32)EGY
Bout #312 AugTim Morehouse (17)USAbye
Bout #412 AugBoris Sanson (16)FRAbye
Bout #512 AugZhong Man (10)CHNbye
Bout #612 AugWiradech Kothny (24)THAbye
Bout #712 Aug 10:00Nikolay Kovalyov (25)RUS15 – 14Alex O'Connell (39)GBR
Bout #812 AugJaime Martí (8)ESPbye
Bout #912 AugKeeth Smart (5)USAbye
Bout #1012 Aug 10:00Jason Rogers (28)USA15 – 10Abdoulaye Thiam (37)SEN
Bout #1112 AugÁron Szilágyi (22)HUNbye
Bout #1212 AugTamás Decsi (11)HUNbye
Bout #1312 AugWang Jingzhi (14)CHNbye
Bout #1412 AugJulien Pillet (20)FRAbye
Bout #1512 Aug 10:00Mamadou Keita (29)SEN15 – 14Satoshi Ogawa (36)JPN
Bout #1612 AugRareș Dumitrescu (4)ROUbye
Bout #1712 AugAldo Montano (3)ITAbye
Bout #1812 Aug 10:20Philippe Beaudry (30)CAN15 – 8Gamal Fathy (35)EGY
Bout #1912 AugDiego Occhiuzzi (19)ITAbye
Bout #2012 AugJorge Pina (13)ESPbye
Bout #2112 AugOh Eun-Seok (12)KORbye
Bout #2212 AugDzmitry Lapkes (21)BLRbye
Bout #2312 Aug 10:20Nicolas Lopez (27)FRA15 – 6Julien Ouedraogo (38)BUR
Bout #2412 AugStanislav Pozdnyakov (6)RUSbye
Bout #2512 AugMihai Covaliu (7)ROUbye
Bout #2612 Aug 10:20Valery Pryiemka (26)BLR15 – 7Shadi Talaat (40)EGY
Bout #2712 AugZhou Hanming (23)CHNbye
Bout #2812 AugZsolt Nemcsik (9)HUNbye
Bout #2912 AugAleksey Yakimenko (15)RUSbye
Bout #3012 AugAliaksandr Buikevich (18)BLRbye
Bout #3112 Aug 10:20Marcin Koniusz (33)POL15 – 10Carlos Bravo (31)VEN
Bout #3212 AugNicolas Limbach (1)GERbye

Round Two

Date12 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #112 Aug 11:00Luigi Tarantino (2)ITA15 – 8Renzo Agresta (34)BRA
Bout #212 Aug 11:00Boris Sanson (16)FRA15 – 12Tim Morehouse (17)USA
Bout #312 Aug 11:00Zhong Man (10)CHN15 – 7Wiradech Kothny (24)THA
Bout #412 Aug 11:00Jaime Martí (8)ESP15 – 12Nikolay Kovalyov (25)RUS
Bout #512 Aug 11:20Keeth Smart (5)USA15 – 3Jason Rogers (28)USA
Bout #612 Aug 11:20Áron Szilágyi (22)HUN15 – 9Tamás Decsi (11)HUN
Bout #712 Aug 11:20Julien Pillet (20)FRA15 – 14Wang Jingzhi (14)CHN
Bout #812 Aug 11:20Rareș Dumitrescu (4)ROU15 – 7Mamadou Keita (29)SEN
Bout #912 Aug 11:40Aldo Montano (3)ITA15 – 4Philippe Beaudry (30)CAN
Bout #1012 Aug 11:40Jorge Pina (13)ESP15 – 9Diego Occhiuzzi (19)ITA
Bout #1112 Aug 11:40Oh Eun-Seok (12)KOR15 – 8Dzmitry Lapkes (21)BLR
Bout #1212 Aug 11:40Nicolas Lopez (27)FRA15 – 8Stanislav Pozdnyakov (6)RUS
Bout #1312 Aug 12:00Mihai Covaliu (7)ROU15 – 9Valery Pryiemka (26)BLR
Bout #1412 Aug 12:00Zhou Hanming (23)CHN15 – 13Zsolt Nemcsik (9)HUN
Bout #1512 Aug 12:00Aliaksandr Buikevich (18)BLR15 – 9Aleksey Yakimenko (15)RUS
Bout #1612 Aug 12:00Nicolas Limbach (1)GER15 – 7Marcin Koniusz (33)POL

Round Three

Date12 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #112 Aug 12:30Luigi Tarantino (2)ITA15 – 7Boris Sanson (16)FRA
Bout #212 Aug 12:30Zhong Man (10)CHN15 – 14Jaime Martí (8)ESP
Bout #312 Aug 12:30Keeth Smart (5)USA15 – 10Áron Szilágyi (22)HUN
Bout #412 Aug 12:30Julien Pillet (20)FRA15 – 13Rareș Dumitrescu (4)ROU
Bout #512 Aug 12:50Jorge Pina (13)ESP15 – 14Aldo Montano (3)ITA
Bout #612 Aug 12:50Nicolas Lopez (27)FRA15 – 11Oh Eun-Seok (12)KOR
Bout #712 Aug 12:50Mihai Covaliu (7)ROU15 – 12Zhou Hanming (23)CHN
Bout #812 Aug 12:50Aliaksandr Buikevich (18)BLR15 – 14Nicolas Limbach (1)GER

Quarter-Finals

Date12 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #112 Aug 13:20Zhong Man (10)CHN15 – 13Luigi Tarantino (2)ITA
Bout #212 Aug 13:20Julien Pillet (20)FRA15 – 13Keeth Smart (5)USA
Bout #312 Aug 13:20Nicolas Lopez (27)FRA15 – 10Jorge Pina (13)ESP
Bout #412 Aug 13:20Mihai Covaliu (7)ROU15 – 13Aliaksandr Buikevich (18)BLR

Semi-Finals

Date12 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #112 Aug 19:00Zhong Man (10)CHN15 – 12Julien Pillet (20)FRA
Bout #212 Aug 19:20Nicolas Lopez (27)FRA15 – 13Mihai Covaliu (7)ROU

Final Round

Date12 August 2008
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/212 Aug 20:10Zhong Man (10)CHN15 – 9Nicolas Lopez (27)FRA
Bout 3/412 Aug 19:50Mihai Covaliu (7)ROU15 – 11Julien Pillet (20)FRA