Fencing at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's sabre

The men's sabre was one of four fencing events on the Fencing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. The top two places were won by Hungarian fencers, who also took the gold medal in the team sabre event. Each nation could enter up to 12 fencers.[1]

Men's sabre
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
VenueFranco-British Exhibition fencing grounds
DatesJuly 17–24
Competitors76 from 11 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Jenő Fuchs  Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Béla Zulawszky  Hungary
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf  Bohemia
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Competition formatEdit

The competition was held over four rounds. In each round, each pool held a round-robin, with bouts to 3 touches. Barrages were used as necessary to determine the advancing fencers.

  • First round: 13 pools of between 4 to 8 fencers each. The 3 fencers in each pool with the fewest bouts lost advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 8 pools of 5 fencers each (except one had only 4 by design and one had only 4 due to a non-starter). The 2 fencers in each pool with the fewest bouts lost advanced to the semifinals.
  • Semifinals: 2 pools of 8 fencers each. The 4 fencers in each pool with the fewest touches bouts lost to the final.
  • Final: 1 pool of 8 fencers.

ResultsEdit

First roundEdit

The first round was conducted in round-robin format, to three touches. Pool sizes ranged from 4 to 8 fencers. The three contestants who had lost the fewest bouts advanced.

Pool AEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Siegfried Flesch   Austria 5 0
2 Jetze Doorman   Netherlands 3 2
Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský   Bohemia 3 2
4 Jean de Mas Latrie   France 2 3
5 Henri Six   Belgium 1 4
Jaroslav Šourek-Tucek   Bohemia 1 4

Pool BEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Otakar Lada   Bohemia 3 1
2 Arthur Murray   Great Britain 2 2
Péter Tóth   Hungary 2 2
Joseph van der Voodt   Belgium 2 2
5 Johannes Adam   Germany 1 3

The three-way tie for the two remaining places resulted in the British fencer being eliminated.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 Péter Tóth   Hungary 1 0
Joseph van der Voodt   Belgium 1 0
4 Arthur Murray   Great Britain 0 2

Pool CEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Alfred Labouchere   Netherlands 4 1
2 Etienne Grade   Belgium 3 2
Fritz Jack   Germany 3 2
Jean-Joseph Renaud   France 3 2
5 Dino Diana   Italy 2 3
6 Douglas Godfree   Great Britain 0 5

Renaud lost both his playoff matches, eliminating him and allowing Grade and Jack to advance.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 Etienne Grade   Belgium 1 0
Fritz Jack   Germany 1 0
4 Jean-Joseph Renaud   France 0 2

Pool DEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 William Marsh   Great Britain 3 1
2 René Lateux   France 2 2
Julius Lichtenfels   Germany 2 2
Richard Schoemaker   Netherlands 2 2
5 Harald Krenchel   Denmark 1 3

The playoff resulted in two losses for Lichtenfels.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 René Lateux   France 1 0
Richard Schoemaker   Netherlands 1 0
4 Julius Lichtenfels   Germany 0 2

Pool EEdit

The fifth pool was small, with only 4 fencers. This meant only one, Langevin, was eliminated.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Adrianus de Jong   Netherlands 2 1
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli   Italy 2 1
Einar Schwartz-Nielsen   Denmark 2 1
4 Georges Langevin   France 0 3

Pool FEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Georges de la Falaise   France 3 1
Jenő Szántay   Hungary 3 1
3 August Petri   Germany 2 2
Antoine van Tomme   Belgium 2 2
5 Jacob van Löben Sels   Netherlands 0 4

Petri defeated van Tomme in the playoff for third place after having lost to the Belgian in the main pool.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
3 August Petri   Germany 1 0
4 Antoine van Tomme   Belgium 0 1

Pool GEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Dezső Földes   Hungary 5 0
2 Sante Ceccherini   Italy 4 1
3 Robert Badman   Great Britain 2 3
Lion van Minden   Netherlands 2 3
5 Jakob Erkrath de Bary   Germany 1 4
Ismaël de Lesseps   France 1 4

Badman defeated van Minden again in the playoff for third place.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
3 Robert Badman   Great Britain 1 0
4 Lion van Minden   Netherlands 0 1

Pool HEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Marcello Bertinetti   Italy 4 1
Bertrand Marie de Lesseps   France 4 1
3 Béla Zulawszky   Hungary 3 2
4 Robert Krünert   Germany 2 3
Charles Wilson   Great Britain 2 3
6 Walter Gates   South Africa 0 5

Pool IEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Oszkár Gerde   Hungary 4 1
Lauritz Østrup   Denmark 4 1
3 Willem van Blijenburgh   Netherlands 3 2
4 André du Bosch   Belgium 2 3
Alfred Keene   Great Britain 2 3
6 Joseph, Marquis de Saint Brisson   France 0 5

Pool JEdit

The tenth pool was the largest, at fully twice the size of the fifth. Five of the eight fencers were eliminated. The Bohemian fencer, von Lobsdorf, defeated each of his seven opponents for a decisive first place in the pool. There was no match between Sarzano and Stohr.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf   Bohemia 7 0
2 Paul Anspach   Belgium 5 2
Jenő Apáthy   Hungary 5 2
4 Edward Brookfield   Great Britain 3 4
Johan van Schreven   Netherlands 3 4
6 Pietro Sarzano   Italy 2 4
Georg Stöhr   Germany 2 4
8 Jean Mikorski   France 2 5

Pool KEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs   Hungary 5 0
2 Gustaaf van Hulstijn   Netherlands 4 1
3 Vilém Tvrzský   Bohemia 3 2
4 Arolodo Pinelli   Italy 2 3
5 Ernst Moldenhauer   Germany 1 4
6 Lockhart Leith   Great Britain 0 5

Pool LEdit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 George van Rossem   Netherlands 4 1
2 C. Barry Notley   Great Britain 3 2
Bedrich Schejbal   Bohemia 3 2
Louis Chapuis   France 3 2
5 Alexis Simonson   Belgium 2 3
6 Albert Naumann   Germany 0 5

Chapuis was eliminated in the three-way playoff for second and third.

Place Fencer Nation
2 C. Barry Notley   Great Britain
Bedrich Schejbal   Bohemia
4 Louis Chapuis   France

Pool MEdit

The final pool was one of the larger pools, with 7 fencers.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Lajos Werkner   Hungary 5 1
2 Riccardo Nowak   Italy 4 2
Emil Schön   Germany 4 2
4 Marc Perrodon   France 3 3
5 Jan de Beaufort   Netherlands 2 4
František Šourek-Tuček[2]   Bohemia 2 4
7 Alfred Chalke   Great Britain 1 5

Second roundEdit

There were eight second round pools, ranging in size from 4 to 5.

Pool 1Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs   Hungary 3 1
2 Etienne Grade   Belgium 2 2
C. Barry Notley   Great Britain 2 2
Richard Schoemaker   Netherlands 2 2
5 René Lateux   France 1 3

Notley's pair of victories in the playoff gave him second in the pool, allowing him to advance.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 C. Barry Notley   Great Britain 2 0
3 Etienne Grade   Belgium 0 1
Richard Schoemaker   Netherlands 0 1

Pool 2Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Lajos Werkner   Hungary 4 0
2 Dezső Földes   Hungary 3 1
3 George van Rossem   Netherlands 2 2
4 Robert Badman   Great Britain 1 3
5 Fritz Jack   Germany 1 3

Pool 3Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf   Bohemia 3 1
Joseph van der Voodt   Belgium 3 1
3 William Marsh   Great Britain 2 2
4 Adrianus de Jong   Netherlands 1 3
Riccardo Nowak   Italy 1 3

Pool 4Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Bertrand Marie de Lesseps   France 3 0
2 Béla Zulawszky   Hungary 2 1
3 Bedrich Schejbal   Bohemia 1 2
4 Vilém Tvrzský   Bohemia 0 3
Gustaaf van Hulstijn   Netherlands DNS

Pool 5Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Oszkar Gerde   Hungary 4 0
2 Sante Ceccherini   Italy 3 1
3 Otakar Lada   Bohemia 2 2
4 Emil Schön   Germany 1 3
5 Paul Anspach   Belgium 0 4

Pool 6Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Péter Tóth   Hungary 4 0
2 Jenő Szántay   Hungary 3 1
3 Willem van Blijenburgh   Netherlands 1 3
Siegfried Flesch   Austria 1 3
Alfred Labouchere   Netherlands 1 3

Pool 7Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Marcello Bertinetti   Italy 4 0
2 Jetze Doorman   Netherlands 2 2
August Petri   Germany 2 2
4 Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský   Bohemia 1 3
Alessandro Pirzio Biroli   Italy 1 3

Doorman, who had lost to Petri in the main pool, defeated the German in the playoff for second place.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
2 Jetze Doorman   Netherlands 1 0
3 August Petri   Germany 0 1

Pool 8Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Apáthy   Hungary 2 1
Georges de la Falaise   France 2 1
Lauritz Østrup   Denmark 2 1
4 Einar Schwartz-Nielsen   Denmark 0 3
Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Georges de la Falaise   France 2 0
2 Lauritz Østrup   Denmark 1 1
3 Jenő Apáthy   Hungary 0 2

SemifinalsEdit

There were two semifinals, each of 8 fencers. The top 4 in each advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs   Hungary 6 1
2 Lajos Werkner   Hungary 5 2
3 Georges de la Falaise   France 4 3
Jenő Szántay   Hungary 4 3
5 Marcello Bertinetti   Italy 3 4
Dezső Földes   Hungary 3 4
7 C. Barry Notley   Great Britain 2 5
8 Bertrand Marie de Lesseps   France 1 6

Semifinal 2Edit

Four fencers tied at 5-2 records, all advancing to the finals. Ceccherini gave up after his first four bouts, giving Tóth, van der Voodt, and Doorman wins by walkover.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jetze Doorman   Netherlands 5 2
Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf   Bohemia 5 2
Péter Tóth   Hungary 5 2
Béla Zulawszky   Hungary 5 2
5 Oszkár Gerde   Hungary 4 3
6 Lauritz Østrup   Denmark 3 4
7 Joseph van der Voodt   Belgium 1 6
8 Sante Ceccherini   Italy 0 7

FinalEdit

Fuchs and de Lobsdorf did not finish within the time limit, resulting in a loss for both of them.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs   Hungary 6 1
Béla Zulawszky   Hungary 6 1
3 Vilém Goppold von Lobsdorf   Bohemia 4 3
4 Jenő Szántay   Hungary 3 4
5 Péter Tóth   Hungary 3 4
6 Lajos Werkner   Hungary 2 5
7 Jetze Doorman   Netherlands 1 6
Georges de la Falaise   France 1 6

The playoff match for the gold medal was won by Fuchs, with the one-touch bout decided by a parry and riposte to his fellow Hungarian's head.

Place Fencer Nation Wins Losses
1 Jenő Fuchs   Hungary 1 0
2 Béla Zulawszky   Hungary 0 1

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Official Report, p.34.
  2. ^ "Interia - Polska i świat: informacje, sport, gwiazdy". www.interia.pl.

SourcesEdit

  • Cook, Theodore Andrea (1908). The Fourth Olympiad, Being the Official Report. London: British Olympic Association.
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Fencing 1908". Accessed 1 May 2006. Available electronically at [1].