Fencing at the 1896 Summer Olympics

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, three fencing events were contested at the Zappeion. They were prepared and organized by the Sub-Committee for Fencing. The épée event for men was cancelled. All fencing was done to three touches. Events were held on 7 April and 9 April 1896. 15 athletes from four nations competed; 8 fencers from 3 nations won one medal each.

Fencing
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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The final sword match 1896 Summer Olympics
VenueZappeion
Dates7–9 April
No. of events3 (3 men, 0 women)
Competitors15 from 4 nations
1900 →

Medal summaryEdit

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Foil
details
Eugène-Henri Gravelotte
  France
Henri Callot
  France
Periklis Pierrakos-Mavromichalis
  Greece
Masters foil
details
Leonidas Pyrgos
  Greece
Joanni Perronet
  France
none
Sabre
details
Ioannis Georgiadis
  Greece
Telemachos Karakalos
  Greece
Holger Nielsen
  Denmark

Participating nationsEdit

 
Fencing before the king of Greece, 1896, by André Castaigne

A total of 15 fencers from four nations competed at the Athens Games:

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Greece2114
2  France1203
3  Denmark0011
Totals (3 nations)3328

Sub-Committee for FencingEdit

  • Ioannis Phokianos, president
  • Georgios Streit, secretary
  • Ioannis Yenissarlis
  • Loukas Belos
  • Nikolaos Politis
  • Chas. Waldstein
  • Dimitrios Aiginitis
  • Dimitrios Sekkeris
  • Spyridon Koumoundouros
  • Konstantinos Manos
  • Spyridon Antonopoulos

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J.; Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck. (Digitally available at [1])
  • Mallon, Bill; Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9. (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.