Fencing at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's foil
The men's foil was a fencing event held as part of the fencing at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third time the event was held at the Olympics. The competition was held on September 7, 1904. Nine fencers from three nations competed. The medals were swept by "Cuban" fencers; only Fonst was actually Cuban, but the other two men (Albertson Van Zo Post and Charles Tatham) are marked as Cuban by the IOC despite being American.
at the Games of the III Olympiad
|Venue||Francis Gymnasium, Washington University in St. Louis|
|Competitors||9 from 3 nations|
This was the third appearance of the event, which has been held at every Summer Olympics except 1908 (when there was a foil display only rather than a medal event). None of the fencers from 1900 returned.
Two of the three competing nations were making their debut in the men's foil: Cuba and Germany. Only the United States had previously competed, in 1900; the United States' two appearances matched France (1896 and 1900).
The event used a two-round format (semifinals and a final). The semifinal consisted of two pools, one of five fencers and one of four fencers, with each pool playing a round-robin. The top two in each semifinal advanced to the final; these four played another round-robin. Standard foil rules were used, including that touches had to be made with the tip of the foil, the target area was limited to the torso, and priority determined the winner of double touches.
However, the number of touches made was not determinative of the winner of a bout. Instead, each bout was evaluated by judges. Each judge assigned up to 100 points to each fencer, with the fencer having the higher average score winning the bout.
|Wednesday, 7 September 1904||Semifinals|
Each fencer in a group faced each other fencer in that group once. The top two fencers in each semifinal group moved on to the final.
|2||Albertson Van Zo Post||Cuba||3||1||Q|
|3||Fitzhugh Townsend||United States||2||2|
|4||Theodore Carstens||United States||1||3|
|5||William Grebe||United States||0||4|
|3||Wilfred Holroyd||United States||1||2|
|4||Arthur Fox||United States||0||3|
Fonst continued to defeat all comers, including Post a second time, to win the gold. Post's only two losses in the event came against Fonst, as he took silver. Tatham, who had lost to Casmir in the semifinal pool, defeated him the second time around to take third place.
|Albertson Van Zo Post||Cuba||2||1|
|Albertson Van Zo Post||Cuba||Final|
|5||Fitzhugh Townsend||United States||3rd in semifinal pool|
|Wilfred Holroyd||United States||3rd in semifinal pool|
|7||Theodore Carstens||United States||4th in semifinal pool|
|Arthur Fox||United States||4th in semifinal pool|
|9||William Grebe||United States||5th in semifinal pool|
- "Foil, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
- The IOC results database shows Albertson Van Zo Post as Cuban despite the fact that he was an American.
- The IOC results database shows Charles Tatham as Cuban for individual events and American for the team event; he was an American.
- The IOC results database shows Wilfred Holroyd as American; he was British.