Fencing at the 1924 Summer Olympics

At the 1924 Summer Olympics, seven fencing events were contested. A women's event, the individual foil, was held for the first time.

Scoring controversyEdit

After the games, an Italian and a Hungarian settled a scoring controversy with a real duel.[1] Aldolfo Contronei, described in some sources as a 45-year-old fencing critic for an Italian newspaper[2] and others as the captain of the Italian foil team,[3] fought Giorgio Santelli, the 27-year-old son of the Hungarian Olympic team's coach Italo Santelli. Giorgio Santelli had invoked the Code Duello in order to fight in the place of his 60-year-old father. The duel was fought in the town of Abbazia near the Hungarian border with heavy sabers. The duel was terminated after only two minutes of combat time when Santelli must have landed a tierce of quarte in the side of Contronei's forehead.

A further duel resulted when Gyorgy Kovacs, a Hungarian judge at the Games also involved in the causes of the earlier duel, fought one of the Italian team, Oreste Puliti, four months after the Games over allegations made by Kovacs and other judges.[4]

Medal summaryEdit

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual épée
details
Charles Delporte
  Belgium
Roger Ducret
  France
Nils Hellsten
  Sweden
Team épée
details
  France (FRA)
Lucien Gaudin
Georges Buchard
Roger Ducret
André Labatut
Lionel Liottel
Alexandre Lippmann
Georges Tainturier
  Belgium (BEL)
Paul Anspach
Joseph De Craecker
Charles Delporte
Fernand de Montigny
Ernest Gevers
Léon Tom
  Italy (ITA)
Giulio Basletta
Marcello Bertinetti
Giovanni Canova
Vincenzo Cuccia
Virgilio Mantegazza
Oreste Moricca
Individual foil
details
Roger Ducret
  France
Philippe Cattiau
  France
Maurice Van Damme
  Belgium
Team foil
details
  France (FRA)
Lucien Gaudin
Philippe Cattiau
Jacques Coutrot
Roger Ducret
Henri Jobier
André Labattut
Guy de Luget
Joseph Peroteaux
  Belgium (BEL)
Désiré Beurain
Charles Crahay
Fernand de Montigny
Maurice Van Damme
Marcel Berre
Albert De Roocker
  Hungary (HUN)
László Berti
Sándor Pósta
Zoltán Schenker
Ödön Tersztyanszky
István Lichteneckert
Individual sabre
details
Sándor Pósta
  Hungary
Roger Ducret
  France
János Garay
  Hungary
Team sabre
details
  Italy (ITA)
Renato Anselmi
Guido Balzarini
Marcello Bertinetti
Bino Bini
Vincenzo Cuccia
Oreste Moricca
Oreste Puliti
Giulio Sarrocchi
  Hungary (HUN)
László Berty
János Garay
Sándor Pósta
József Rády
Zoltán Schenker
László Széchy
Ödön Tersztyánszky
Jenő Uhlyárik
  Netherlands (NED)
Adrianus De Jong
Jetze Doorman
Hendrik Scherpenhuyzen
Jan Van Der Wiel
Maarten Hendrik Van Dulm
Henri Jacob Wynoldy-Daniels

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual foil
details
Ellen Osiier
  Denmark
Gladys Davis
  Great Britain
Grete Heckscher
  Denmark

Participating nationsEdit

A total of 240 fencers from 23 nations competed at the Paris Games:[5]

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  France (FRA)3306
2  Belgium (BEL)1214
3  Hungary (HUN)1124
4  Denmark (DEN)1012
  Italy (ITA)1012
6  Great Britain (GBR)0101
7  Netherlands (NED)0011
  Sweden (SWE)0011
Totals (8 nations)77721


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SPORTS - Fencing". www.olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  2. ^ "Notes for Men of Iron". www.koryu.com. Koryu.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  3. ^ "From Fencing to Duelling - Paris, 1924". www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/. h2g2. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. ^ "From Fencing to Duelling - Paris, 1924". www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/. h2g2. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  5. ^ De Wael's Full Olympians