|Date||21 August 2008|
|Location||Zhongguo Nongye Daxue Tiyuguan, Beijing|
|Participants||20 from 20 countries|
|Format||Single elimination tournament. Competitors losing to the finalists entered repechage tournament for bronze medals.|
Uzbeki Artur Taymazov had won a silver medal in this class in 2000 and then won the gold medal in 2004. He had won the 2006 World Championships and was favored to win his second consecutive gold in Beijing. In the semi-finals he faced David Musuľbes, who had won the 2000 gold medal representing Russia. Musuľbes had not been chosen for the 2004 Olympic team so left the Russian squad and began competing for Slovakia, as he did in Beijing. The match between the last two gold medalists was very close, but Taymazov prevailed, winning the first two periods 1-0. In the final Taymazov faced Russian Bakhtiyar Akhmedov, also shutting him in and winning in two straight periods. Taymazov would return in 2012 and win his third consecutive gold medal in this class. Musuľbes held on and won a bronze medal in Beijing, along with Kazakh Marid Mutalimov.
That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.
In April 2017, Artur Taymazov (UZB) was revealed to have a positive test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and stanozolol, and was disqualified, tentatively losing his gold medal. However, he appealed the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but that appeal was rejected in March 2018, with the updated results as shown.
Winner of each match advanced to round two. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1||Əli İsayev||AZE|
|Match #2 2||Artur Taymazov||UZB 3|
|Match #3||Rareș Chintoan||ROU|
|Match #4||Disney Rodríguez||CUB|
|Match #5||David Musuľbes||SVK|
|Match #6||Wilson Seiwari||NGR|
|Match #7||Florian Temengil||PLW|
|Match #8||Ottó Aubéli||HUN|
|Match #9||Kim Jae-Gang||KOR|
|Match #10||Marid Mutalimov||KAZ|
|Match #11||Ivan Ishchenko||UKR|
|Match #12||Aydın Polatçı||TUR|
|Match #13||Steve Mocco||USA||Rajiv Tomar||IND|
|Match #14||Liang Lei||CHN||Bartłomiej Bartnicki||POL|
|Match #15||Bakhtiyar Akhmedov||RUS||Bozhidar Boyadzhiev||BUL|
|Match #16||Fardin Masoumi||IRI||Lawrence Langowski||MEX|
Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round one.
|Match #1 4||Əli İsayev||AZE||Artur Taymazov||UZB 5|
|Match #2||Disney Rodríguez||CUB||Rareș Chintoan||ROU|
|Match #3||David Musuľbes||SVK||Wilson Seiwari||NGR|
|Match #4||Ottó Aubéli||HUN||Florian Temengil||PLW|
|Match #5||Marid Mutalimov||KAZ||Kim Jae-Gang||KOR|
|Match #6||Aydın Polatçı||TUR||Ivan Ishchenko||UKR|
|Match #7||Steve Mocco||USA||Liang Lei||CHN|
|Match #8||Bakhtiyar Akhmedov||RUS||Fardin Masoumi||IRI|
Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals. Losers to eventual finalists advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1 6||Disney Rodríguez||CUB||Artur Taymazov||UZB 7|
|Match #2||David Musuľbes||SVK||Ottó Aubéli||HUN|
|Match #3||Marid Mutalimov||KAZ||Aydın Polatçı||TUR|
|Match #4||Bakhtiyar Akhmedov||RUS||Steve Mocco||USA|
Winner of each match advanced to final. Losers advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1 8||David Musuľbes||SVK||Artur Taymazov||UZB 9|
|Match #2||Bakhtiyar Akhmedov||RUS||Marid Mutalimov||KAZ|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage round two.
|Match #1||Əli İsayev||AZE|
|Match #2||Fardin Masoumi||IRI||Bozhidar Boyadzhiev||BUL|
Winner of each match advanced to repêchage final.
|Match #1||Disney Rodríguez||CUB||Əli İsayev||AZE|
|Match #2||Fardin Masoumi||IRI||Steve Mocco||USA|
|Match #1||David Musuľbes||SVK||Disney Rodríguez||CUB|
|Match #2||Marid Mutalimov||KAZ||Fardin Masoumi||IRI|
|Match 1/2 10||Bakhtiyar Akhmedov||RUS||Artur Taymazov||UZB 11|