Fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's foil

The men's foil was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics programme. It was the tenth appearance of the event. The competition was held from 3 August 1948 to 4 August 1948. 63 fencers from 25 nations competed.[1] The event was won by Jehan Buhan of France, the nation's first victory in the men's foil since 1928 and fifth overall (passing Italy for most all-time). His countryman Christian d'Oriola took silver, while Lajos Maszlay earned Hungary's first medal in the men's individual foil with his bronze.

Men's foil
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Christian d'Oriola, lors des JO de Londres en 1948.jpg
Christian d'Oriola
VenueWembley Palace of Engineering, London
Dates3–4 August
Competitors63 from 25 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Jehan Buhan  France
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Christian d'Oriola  France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lajos Maszlay  Hungary
← 1936
1952 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the 10th 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 pre-World War II 1936 finalists returned. The favorite was young Christian d'Oriola, the 1947 world champion. Joining him on the French team was 1947 épée world champion Jehan Buhan, who would have been favored in 1940 were it not for the war.[2]

Colombia, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Turkey each made their debut in the men's foil. The United States made its ninth appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the inaugural 1896 competition.

Competition formatEdit

The event used a four-round format. In each round, the fencers were divided into pools to play a round-robin within the pool. Bouts were to five touches. Not all bouts were played in some pools if not necessary to determine advancement. Ties were broken through fence-off bouts ("barrages") in early rounds if necessary for determining advancement, but by touches received in final rounds (and for non-advancement-necessary placing in earlier rounds). 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.[2][3]

  • Round 1: There were 8 pools of 7–9 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the quarterfinals.
  • Quarterfinals: There were 4 pools of 8 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each quarterfinal advanced to the semifinals.
  • Semifinals: There were 2 pools of 8 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each semifinal advanced to the final.
  • Final: The final pool had 8 fencers.

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 3 August 1948 Round 1
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The top 4 finishers in each pool advanced to round 2.[3]

Pool 1Edit

Hörning defeated Gretsch in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Manlio Di Rosa   Italy 6 1 Q
2 Fulvio Galimi   Argentina 6 1 Q
3 Aage Leidersdorff   Denmark 6 2 Q
4 Walo Hörning   Switzerland 5 3 Q
5 Émile Gretsch   Luxembourg 5 3
6 Lucilo de la Peña   Cuba 3 4
7 Hugo Higueras   Peru 2 5
8 Salvatore Scianamea   Brazil 0 7
Tom Smith   Ireland 0 7

Pool 2Edit

Younes and Rydström defeated Barrientos in a three-way barrage for third and fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Giuliano Nostini   Italy 7 0 Q
2 André Van De Werve De Vorsselaer   Belgium 5 1 Q
3 Mahmoud Younes   Egypt 4 3 Q
4 Nils Rydström   Sweden 4 3 Q
5 Armando Barrientos   Cuba 4 3
6 Ioannis Karamazakis   Greece 2 5
7 Jaime Ucar   Uruguay 1 5
8 Georges Pouliot   Canada 0 7

Pool 3Edit

Palócz defeated Albrechtsen in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Emrys Lloyd   Great Britain 5 1 Q
2 Henri Paternóster   Belgium 4 2 Q
3 Renzo Nostini   Italy 4 2 Q
4 Endre Palócz   Hungary 3 3 Q
5 Ole Albrechtsen   Denmark 3 3
6 Heikki Raitio   Finland 2 4
7 Enrique Accorsi   Chile 0 6

Pool 4Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Christian d'Oriola   France 7 0 Q
2 Lajos Maszlay   Hungary 5 2 Q
3 Lodovico Alessandri   Brazil 5 2 Q
4 Henny ter Weer   Netherlands 4 3 Q
5 Léon Buck   Luxembourg 3 4
6 Konstantinos Bembis   Greece 3 4
7 Nick Thuillier   Ireland 1 6
8 Roland Asselin   Canada 0 7

Pool 5Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Jéhan Buhan   France 6 0 Q
2 Bo Eriksson   Sweden 5 2 Q
3 Daniel Rossi   Uruguay 5 2 Q
4 Hassan Hosni Tawfik   Egypt 4 3 Q
5 Nate Lubell   United States 3 4
6 Johannes Zoet   Netherlands 2 5
7 Jorge Agostini   Cuba 2 4
8 Owen Tuohy   Ireland 0 7

Pool 6Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Dean Cetrulo   United States 7 0 Q
2 René Bougnol   France 6 1 Q
3 Manuel Torrente   Argentina 5 2 Q
4 Arthur Smith   Great Britain 4 3 Q
5 Kauko Jalkanen   Finland 2 5
6 Roberto Camargo   Colombia 2 5
7 Jean Rubli   Switzerland 1 5
Eddy Kuijpers   Netherlands 1 6

Pool 7Edit

Abdel Hafeez defeated Lamesch in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 René Paul   Great Britain 5 1 Q
2 Félix Galimi   Argentina 5 1 Q
3 Silvio Giolito   United States 4 2 Q
4 Osman Abdel Hafeez   Egypt 3 3 Q
5 Gust Lamesch   Luxembourg 3 3
6 Nihat Balkan   Turkey 0 5
Alfredo Grisi   Mexico 0 5

Pool 8Edit

Schlaepfer defeated Hátszeghy in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Sergio Iesi   Uruguay 6 1 Q
2 Paul Valcke   Belgium 6 1 Q
3 Ivan Ruben   Denmark 5 2 Q
4 Conrad Schlaepfer   Switzerland 4 3 Q
5 József Hátszeghy   Hungary 4 3
6 Stefanos Zintzos   Greece 2 5
7 Alf Horn   Canada 1 6
8 Nejat Tulgar   Turkey 0 7

QuarterfinalsEdit

The top 4 finishers in each pool advanced to the semifinals.[4]

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Giuliano Nostini   Italy 6 0 Q
2 René Bougnol   France 5 1 Q
3 Ivan Ruben   Denmark 4 3 Q
4 Dean Cetrulo   United States 4 3 Q
5 André Van De Werve De Vorsselaer   Belgium 3 4
6 Hassan Hosni Tawfik   Egypt 2 5
7 Endre Palócz   Hungary 1 5
8 Daniel Rossi   Uruguay 1 5

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Manlio Di Rosa   Italy 6 0 Q
2 Jéhan Buhan   France 5 1 Q
3 Silvio Giolito   United States 4 2 Q
4 Bo Eriksson   Sweden 4 2 Q
5 Aage Leidersdorff   Denmark 2 4
6 Arthur Smith   Great Britain 2 4
7 Fulvio Galimi   Argentina 1 5
8 Walo Hörning   Switzerland 0 6

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Christian d'Oriola   France 6 1 Q
1 Félix Galimi   Argentina 6 1 Q
3 Henri Paternóster   Belgium 4 3 Q
4 Osman Abdel Hafeez   Egypt 4 2 Q
5 René Paul   Great Britain 3 4
6 Henny ter Weer   Netherlands 2 4
7 Conrad Schlaepfer   Switzerland 1 5
8 Lodovico Alessandri   Brazil 0 6

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Renzo Nostini   Italy 5 1 Q
2 Emrys Lloyd   Great Britain 5 1 Q
3 Lajos Maszlay   Hungary 5 1 Q
4 Paul Valcke   Belgium 5 2 Q
5 Sergio Iesi   Uruguay 3 4
6 Manuel Torrente   Argentina 1 5
7 Mahmoud Younes   Egypt 1 5
8 Nils Rydström   Sweden 0 6

SemifinalsEdit

The top 4 finishers in each pool advanced to the final.[4]

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Jéhan Buhan   France 6 0 Q
2 Christian d'Oriola   France 5 1 Q
3 Ivan Ruben   Denmark 4 2 Q
4 Emrys Lloyd   Great Britain 4 2 Q
5 Renzo Nostini   Italy 2 4
6 Henri Paternóster   Belgium 1 5
7 Osman Abdel Hafeez   Egypt 1 5
8 Silvio Giolito   United States 1 5

Semifinal 2Edit

Di Rosa defeated Cetrulo in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Lajos Maszlay   Hungary 5 1 Q
1 René Bougnol   France 5 2 Q
1 Paul Valcke   Belgium 5 2 Q
4 Manlio Di Rosa   Italy 4 3 Q
5 Dean Cetrulo   United States 4 3
6 Giuliano Nostini   Italy 2 4
7 Félix Galimi   Argentina 1 5
8 Bo Eriksson   Sweden 0 6

FinalEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR
  Jéhan Buhan   France 7 0 35 14
  Christian d'Oriola   France 5 2 29 18
  Lajos Maszlay   Hungary 4 3 25 22
4 Emrys Lloyd   Great Britain 4 3 23 29
5 René Bougnol   France 3 4 28 26
6 Manlio Di Rosa   Italy 3 4 22 27
7 Paul Valcke   Belgium 1 6 21 27
8 Ivan Ruben   Denmark 1 6 15 33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1948 Olympic Results - Men's foil". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Foil, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 357.
  4. ^ a b Official Report, p.358.