Fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's team foil

The men's team foil was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics programme. It was the seventh appearance of the event. The competition was held from 30 July 1948 to 31 July 1948. 82 fencers from 16 nations competed.[1]

Men's team foil
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
VenueWembley Palace of Engineering, London
Dates30 July–31 July
Competitors82 from 16 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) André Bonin, Jéhan Buhan, Jacques Lataste, René Bougnol, Christian d'Oriola, Adrien Rommel  France
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Edoardo Mangiarotti, Manlio Di Rosa, Renzo Nostini, Giuliano Nostini, Giorgio Pellini, Saverio Ragno  Italy
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Georges de Bourguignon, Henri Paternóster, Édouard Yves, Raymond Bru, André Van De Werve De Vorsselaer, Paul Valcke  Belgium
← 1936
1952 →

The competition format continued the pool play round-robin from prior years. Each of the four fencers from one team would face each of the four from the other, for a total of 16 bouts per match. The team that won more bouts won the match, with competition potentially stopping when one team reached 9 points out of the possible 16 (this did not always occur and matches sometimes continued). If the bouts were 8–8, touches received was used to determine the winning team. Pool matches unnecessary to the result were not played.[2]

RostersEdit

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The top two teams in each pool advanced to round 2.[2]

Pool 1Edit

France and Egypt each won their bouts against Ireland without losing a single bout; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   France 1 0 16 0 Q
2   Egypt 1 0 9 0 Q
3   Ireland 0 2 0 25

Pool 2Edit

Italy and Uruguay each won their bouts against Greece; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Italy 1 0 16 0 Q
2   Uruguay 1 0 9 2 Q
3   Greece 0 2 2 25

Pool 3Edit

Cuba withdrew before competition, resulting in Argentina and Finland advancing without any matches played.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Argentina 0 0 0 0 Q
1   Finland 0 0 0 0 Q
3   Cuba 0 0 0 0 Withdrew

Pool 4Edit

Hungary and the United States each won their bouts against Switzerland; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Hungary 1 0 11 5 Q
2   United States 1 0 9 3 Q
3   Switzerland 0 2 8 20

Pool 5Edit

Austria and Brazil both withdrew before competition, leaving Belgium and Canada to advance without any matches being played..

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Belgium 0 0 0 0 Q
1   Canada 0 0 0 0 Q
3   Austria 0 0 0 0 Withdrew
3   Brazil 0 0 0 0 Withdrew

Pool 6Edit

Denmark and Great Britain each beat the Netherlands; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other. The match between Great Britain and the Netherlands was decided by hits against, with Great Britain winning 58 to 63.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Denmark 1 0 9 5 Q
2   Great Britain 1 0 8 8 Q
3   Netherlands 0 2 13 17

Round 2Edit

The top two teams in each pool advanced to round 2.[3]

Pool 1Edit

France and the United States each won their bouts against Canada without losing a single bout; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   France 1 0 16 0 Q
2   United States 1 0 9 0 Q
3   Canada 0 2 0 25

Pool 2Edit

Italy and Argentina each won their bouts against Finland; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Argentina 1 0 12 4 Q
2   Italy 1 0 9 0 Q
3   Finland 0 2 4 21

Pool 3Edit

This was the only preliminary round pool to require the full set of three matches to be played. Belgium defeated Great Britain, 12–4. Great Britain defeated Denmark, 10–6. Belgium then beat Denmark, 9–3, to eliminate the Danes and secure advancement for the Belgians and British.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Belgium 2 0 21 3 Q
2   Great Britain 1 1 14 18 Q
3   Denmark 0 2 9 19

Pool 4Edit

Hungary and Egypt each won their bouts against Uruguay; the two victorious teams advanced without playing each other. The match between Hungary and Uruguay was decided by hits against; Hungary won, 60–66.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Egypt 1 0 9 1 Q
2   Hungary 1 0 8 8 Q
3   Uruguay 0 2 9 17

SemifinalsEdit

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

Semifinal 1Edit

In the first pairings, Italy defeated Argentina 11–5 while Belgium beat Hungary 10–6. In the second round of matches, the same teams won—this time, Italy over Hungary 9–2 while Argentina withdrew after the first bout went to Belgium.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   Italy 2 0 20 7 Q
2   Belgium 2 0 11 6 Q
3   Hungary 0 2 8 19
4   Argentina 0 2 5 12

Semifinal 2Edit

France won its two bouts, 13–3 over Egypt and 10–6 over Great Britain. Great Britain had its second 8–8 match of the tournament, this time losing on hits against to the United States, 60–64.The United States also beat Egypt, 9–5, to advance along with France.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL Notes
1   France 2 0 23 9 Q
2   United States 2 0 17 13 Q
3   Great Britain 0 2 14 18
4   Egypt 0 2 8 22

FinalEdit

France (11–5 over the United States) and Italy (11–5 over Belgium) started off with wins. They swapped opponents in the second set of bouts and each won again (France 9–5 over Belgium and Italy 9–2 over the United States). That set up the Belgium–United States match as a de facto bronze medal match and the France-Italy match as the gold medal match. The Belgians defeated the Americans 9–7 to earn bronze. The France vs. Italy match resulted in 8 bouts won apiece. France prevailed on hits against, 60–62.

Rank Nation MW ML BW BL
    France 3 0 28 18
    Italy 2 1 28 15
    Belgium 1 2 19 27
4   United States 0 3 14 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1948 Olympic Results - Men's team foil". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Official Report, p. 351.
  3. ^ Official Report, p. 352.
  4. ^ Official Report, p. 353.