The Romanian Iulian Teodosiu confirmed his status as the favorite and won the Olympic men’s saber spot in the last competition of the first day. Teodosiu beat Ukrainian Andriy Yagodka 15-11 in the final. The podium was occupied by the four athletes who started with the best world ranking. In the first semi-final, Teodosiu beat Yildirim from Turkey 15-3, while Yagodka beat Britain’s Deary 15-9.