2008 Summer Olympics / Fencing
|Fencing at the
2008 Summer Olympics
|Competition venue||Olympic Green Convention Center|
|Athletes||234 (116 , 118 )|
|date||9-17 August 2008|
|← Athens 2004|
In the team competitions, there were eight or nine teams with three participants each: eight who qualified regularly, and possibly the team from the host country. The individual competitions had about 39 participants per weapon who also took part in the team competitions and about 24 who did not take part in the team competitions. The world ranking of March 31, 2008 was decisive for the qualification. The four best placed teams of the team world ranking of the respective weapon as well as the best placed team in each of the four zones ( Africa , America , Asia / Oceania and Europe ) were eligible to start the team competitions . In addition, if not directly qualified, the People's Republic of China was the host's team.
In the individual weapons competitions, where there were also team competitions, three participants from each nation of the team competition were allowed to start. In addition, there were the three best placed athletes in the world rankings and of the not yet qualified the best placed in the world rankings per zone (two each from America, Asia / Oceania and Europe, only one starter from Africa). The last five starting places (two for Europe and one for each of the three other zones) were awarded at qualifying tournaments. In the individual weapons competitions, in which no team competitions were held, the top eight in the world rankings were directly qualified. There were also the next best athletes in the world rankings per zone: three from Europe, two from Asia / Oceania and America and one participant from Africa. The same number of starting places per zone was awarded again for additional qualification tournaments.
|3||ESP||José Luis Abajo|
Date: August 10, 2008
41 participants from 23 countries
Surprisingly, the Italian Matteo Tagliariol won the title in the final against the French Fabrice Jeannet . After Jeannet's 2-0 lead in the meantime, Tagliarol was able to pull away to 8: 3 and finally set the decisive fifteenth goal to 15: 9. José Luis Abajo won the first fencing medal ever for Spain, as he made the first point after 56 seconds in the extension of the fight for third place (7: 7 after three rounds of regular fighting time). The Swiss Michael Kauter made it to the last sixteen, but there he was defeated by the Dutchman Bas Verwijlen . There were no Germans or Austrians at the start.
Date: August 15, 2008
32 participants from 9 countries.
Not surprisingly, the French Degen team defended their Olympic victory and beat Poland 45:29 in the final. The brothers Fabrice Jeannet and Jérôme Jeannet and Ulrich Robeiri thus achieved the ninth title for France in this discipline. Bronze went to Italy for individual Olympic champion Matteo Tagliariol . For the first time since 1952 there were no German fencers at the start.
|7th||FRA||Erwann Le Péchoux|
Date: August 13, 2008
26 participants from 21 countries
Benjamin Kleibrink won the first gold medal in fencing for the German Olympic team since 1992. In the final he defeated his opponent Yūki Ōta quite clearly with 15: 9, and in the semifinals he even defeated the Chinese Zhu Jun with 15: 4. The Austrian participant Roland Schlosser failed in the second round, the German favorite Peter Joppich was defeated in the quarter-finals to the finalist Yūki Ōta.
|6th||United States||Keeth Smart|
Date: August 12, 2008
40 participants from 21 countries
Many favorites, including the German world number one Nicolas Limbach , failed prematurely, so that none of the top six in the world rankings were still in the semi-finals. Mihai Covaliu from Romania, the 2000 winner, also missed the finals. In this, the Chinese Zhong Man fought against Nicolas Lopez from France with 15: 9, the first fencing gold medal for China. There were no Austrians or Swiss among the participants.
Aljaksandr Bujkewitsch Dzmitryi
Date: August 17th, 2008
25 participants from 8 countries
The French fencers won the team's second title 45:37 against the United States. The battle for third place, where Italy defeated Russia 45:44, was a little closer.
|2||ROME||Ana Maria Brânză|
Date: August 13, 2008
25 participants from 20 countries
Date: August 11, 2008
41 participants from 24 countries
Valentina Vezzali has already won her fifth Olympic gold medal and her third in a row in foil singles. So she now leads the ranking of the most successful female fencers at the Olympic Games. After trailing 4: 5 in the final against South Korean Nam Hyun-hee , who was the only one able to prevent the Italians from completely winning, she was able to turn the battle around and won with a goal four seconds before the end with 6: 5. The three German participants Katja Wächter , Carolin Golubytskyi and Anja Schache were eliminated in the quarter-finals, the second round and the second round.
Eman El Gammal
Date: August 16, 2008
29 participants from 8 countries
In the only team final with German participation, Katja Wächter , Carolin Golubytskyi , Anja Schache and Melanie Wolgast had to give up their hopes for a medal in the quarter-finals when they lost 31:35 against Hungary. In the battles for fifth place, however, they won twice and finally came fifth. Russia won the final; the team clearly won 28:11 over the United States.
|1||United States||Mariel Zagunis|
|2||United States||Sada Jacobson|
|3||United States||Rebecca Ward|
|7th||TO DO||Azza Besbès|
Date: August 9, 2008
39 participants from 20 countries
Winning all three medals in a fencing competition, as the United States did this time , was last achieved by the German women on foil twenty years ago. Mariel Zagunis won the final with 15: 8 goals against Sada Jacobson . In the battle for third place, Rebecca Ward secured the complete set of medals for the USA with 15:14 goals against the Russian Sofja Velikaja . The only German starter, Alexandra Bujdosó , was eliminated in the second round .
Adele du Plooy
Date: August 14, 2008
30 participants from 8 countries
- Fencing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Sports-Reference database (English; archived from the original )
- Official results of the 2008 Summer Olympics (PDF, 25.9 MB)