| Event type

Foil, Individual, Men

Date31 July 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants38 from 20 countries
FormatSingle-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.

18Lei ShengCHNGold
27Alaaeldin AbouelkassemEGYSilver
36Choi Byeong-CheolKORBronze
413Andrea BaldiniITA
=51Valerio AspromonteITA
=55Aleksey CheremisinovRUS
=53Ma JianfeiCHN
=52Andrea CassaràITA
=916Sebastian BachmannGER
=99Victor SintèsFRA
=912Alexander MassialasUSA
=94Race ImbodenUSA
=919Artur AkhmatkhuzinRUS
=911Erwann Le PéchouxFRA
=910Peter JoppichGER
=915Yuki OtaJPN
=1732Radu DărăbanROU
=1717Renal GaneyevRUS
=1724Kenta ChidaJPN
=1725Roland SchlosserAUT
=1728Tarek FouadEGY
=1721Étienne Lalonde-TurbideCAN
=1720Ryo MiyakeJPN
=1736Guilherme ToldoBRA
=1730Daniel GómezMEX
=1714Richard KruseGBR
=1722Enzo LefortFRA
=1727Zhu JunCHN
=1726Miles Chamley-WatsonUSA
=1723James DavisGBR
=1718Benjamin KleibrinkGER
=1734Mohamed SamandiTUN
=3333Nicholas ChoiHKG
=3337Anas MostafaEGY
=3329Lahoussine AliMAR
=3335Bojan JovanovićCRO
=3338Zain ShaitoLBN
=3331Husayn RosowskyGBR

Round One

Date31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #131 JulValerio Aspromonte (1)ITAbye
Bout #231 Jul 10:30Radu Dărăban (32)ROU15 – 8Nicholas Choi (33)HKG
Bout #331 JulSebastian Bachmann (16)GERbye
Bout #431 JulRenal Ganeyev (17)RUSbye
Bout #531 JulVictor Sintès (9)FRAbye
Bout #631 JulKenta Chida (24)JPNbye
Bout #731 JulLei Sheng (8)CHNbye
Bout #831 JulRoland Schlosser (25)AUTbye
Bout #931 JulAleksey Cheremisinov (5)RUSbye
Bout #1031 Jul 10:30Tarek Fouad (28)EGY15 – 5Anas Mostafa (37)EGY
Bout #1131 JulAlexander Massialas (12)USAbye
Bout #1231 JulÉtienne Lalonde-Turbide (21)CANbye
Bout #1331 JulAndrea Baldini (13)ITAbye
Bout #1431 JulRyo Miyake (20)JPNbye
Bout #1531 Jul 11:00Guilherme Toldo (36)BRA15 – 6Lahoussine Ali (29)MAR
Bout #1631 JulRace Imboden (4)USAbye
Bout #1731 JulMa Jianfei (3)CHNbye
Bout #1831 Jul 10:30Daniel Gómez (30)MEX15 – 14Bojan Jovanović (35)CRO
Bout #1931 JulArtur Akhmatkhuzin (19)RUSbye
Bout #2031 JulRichard Kruse (14)GBRbye
Bout #2131 JulErwann Le Péchoux (11)FRAbye
Bout #2231 JulEnzo Lefort (22)FRAbye
Bout #2331 Jul 11:00Zhu Jun (27)CHN15 – 2Zain Shaito (38)LBN
Bout #2431 JulChoi Byeong-Cheol (6)KORbye
Bout #2531 JulAlaaeldin Abouelkassem (7)EGYbye
Bout #2631 JulMiles Chamley-Watson (26)USAbye
Bout #2731 JulPeter Joppich (10)GERbye
Bout #2831 JulJames Davis (23)GBRbye
Bout #2931 JulYuki Ota (15)JPNbye
Bout #3031 JulBenjamin Kleibrink (18)GERbye
Bout #3131 Jul 10:30Mohamed Samandi (34)TUN15 – 8Husayn Rosowsky (31)GBR
Bout #3231 JulAndrea Cassarà (2)ITAbye

Round One

Date31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #131 Jul 11:50Valerio Aspromonte (1)ITA15 – 11Radu Dărăban (32)ROU
Bout #231 Jul 12:20Sebastian Bachmann (16)GER15 – 9Renal Ganeyev (17)RUS
Bout #331 Jul 12:50Victor Sintès (9)FRA15 – 11Kenta Chida (24)JPN
Bout #431 Jul 13:20Lei Sheng (8)CHN15 – 9Roland Schlosser (25)AUT
Bout #531 Jul 11:50Aleksey Cheremisinov (5)RUS15 – 8Tarek Fouad (28)EGY
Bout #631 Jul 12:20Alexander Massialas (12)USA15 – 6Étienne Lalonde-Turbide (21)CAN
Bout #731 Jul 12:50Andrea Baldini (13)ITA15 – 6Ryo Miyake (20)JPN
Bout #831 Jul 13:20Race Imboden (4)USA15 – 5Guilherme Toldo (36)BRA
Bout #931 Jul 11:50Ma Jianfei (3)CHN15 – 9Daniel Gómez (30)MEX
Bout #1031 Jul 12:20Artur Akhmatkhuzin (19)RUS15 – 5Richard Kruse (14)GBR
Bout #1131 Jul 12:50Erwann Le Péchoux (11)FRA15 – 9Enzo Lefort (22)FRA
Bout #1231 Jul 13:20Choi Byeong-Cheol (6)KOR15 – 13Zhu Jun (27)CHN
Bout #1331 Jul 11:50Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (7)EGY15 – 10Miles Chamley-Watson (26)USA
Bout #1431 Jul 12:20Peter Joppich (10)GER15 – 10James Davis (23)GBR
Bout #1531 Jul 12:50Yuki Ota (15)JPN15 – 5Benjamin Kleibrink (18)GER
Bout #1631 Jul 13:20Andrea Cassarà (2)ITA15 – 7Mohamed Samandi (34)TUN

Round Two

Date31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #131 Jul 14:10Valerio Aspromonte (1)ITA15 – 11Sebastian Bachmann (16)GER
Bout #231 Jul 14:40Lei Sheng (8)CHN15 – 6Victor Sintès (9)FRA
Bout #331 Jul 14:10Aleksey Cheremisinov (5)RUS15 – 6Alexander Massialas (12)USA
Bout #431 Jul 14:40Andrea Baldini (13)ITA15 – 9Race Imboden (4)USA
Bout #531 Jul 14:10Ma Jianfei (3)CHN15 – 11Artur Akhmatkhuzin (19)RUS
Bout #631 Jul 14:40Choi Byeong-Cheol (6)KOR15 – 13Erwann Le Péchoux (11)FRA
Bout #731 Jul 14:10Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (7)EGY15 – 10Peter Joppich (10)GER
Bout #831 Jul 14:40Andrea Cassarà (2)ITA15 – 14Yuki Ota (15)JPN


Date31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #131 Jul 15:30Lei Sheng (8)CHN15 – 8Valerio Aspromonte (1)ITA
Bout #231 Jul 15:30Andrea Baldini (13)ITA15 – 5Aleksey Cheremisinov (5)RUS
Bout #331 Jul 15:30Choi Byeong-Cheol (6)KOR15 – 13Ma Jianfei (3)CHN
Bout #431 Jul 15:30Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (7)EGY15 – 10Andrea Cassarà (2)ITA


Date31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #131 Jul 18:00Lei Sheng (8)CHN15 – 11Andrea Baldini (13)ITA
Bout #231 Jul 18:30Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (7)EGY15 – 12Choi Byeong-Cheol (6)KOR

Final Round

Date31 July 2012
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/231 Jul 19:40Lei Sheng (8)CHN15 – 13Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (7)EGY
Bout 3/431 Jul 19:10Choi Byeong-Cheol (6)KOR15 – 14Andrea Baldini (13)ITA