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Fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's foil

The women's foil was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1948 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event. The competition was held from 31 July 1948 to 2 August 1948. 39 fencers from 15 nations competed.[1]

Women's foil
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
VenueWembley Palace of Engineering, London
Dates31 July – 2 August
Competitors39 from 15 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ilona Elek-Schacherer  Hungary
2nd, silver medalist(s) Karen Lachmann  Denmark
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ellen Müller-Preis  Austria
← 1936
1952 →

The competition format was pool play round-robin, with bouts to four 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).[2]

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

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

Pool 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Maria Cerra   United States 5 1 Q
2 Anna Klüpfel   Switzerland 4 2 Q
3 Éva Kun   Hungary 4 2 Q
4 Grete Olsen   Denmark 3 2 Q
5 Mary Meyer-van der Sluis   Netherlands 2 4
6 Irena Nawrocka   Poland 2 4
7 Dorothy Dermody   Ireland 0 6

Pool 2Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Karen Lachmann   Denmark 6 0 Q
2 Renée Garilhe   France 5 1 Q
3 Irene Camber-Corno   Italy 3 3 Q
4 Fritzi Wenisch-Filz   Austria 3 3 Q
5 Anja Secrève   Netherlands 2 4
6 Nadia Boudesoque   Mexico 2 4
7 Emilie Schwindt   Belgium 0 6

Pool 3Edit

Minton defeated Martin and Fullone in a three-way barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Ilona Elek-Schacherer   Hungary 5 0 Q
2 Jan York-Romary   United States 4 1 Q
3 Jenny Addams   Belgium 3 2 Q
4 Gytte Minton   Great Britain 1 4 Q
5 Rhoda Martin   Canada 1 4
6 Nélida Fullone   Argentina 1 4

Pool 4Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Gabriele Zeilinger   Austria 4 1 Q
2 Françoise Gouny   France 3 2 Q
3 Kate Mahaut   Denmark 3 2 Q
4 Velleda Cesari   Italy 3 2 Q
5 Enriqueta Mayora   Mexico 2 3
6 Betty Hamilton   Canada 0 5

Pool 5Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Margit Elek   Hungary 4 1 Q
2 Lylian Malherbaud-Lecomte-Guyonneau   France 3 1 Q
3 Elena Libera   Italy 3 1 Q
4 Elsa Irigoyen   Argentina 2 3 Q
5 Betty Carnegy-Arbuthnott   Great Britain 1 4
6 Victoria Hagemann   Switzerland 1 4

Pool 6Edit

Dow defeated Rieder in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Ellen Müller-Preis   Austria 5 1 Q
2 Mary Glen-Haig   Great Britain 5 1 Q
3 Irma de Antequeda   Argentina 4 2 Q
4 Helena Dow   United States 3 3 Q
5 Hedwig Rieder   Switzerland 3 3
6 Adèle Christiaens   Belgium 1 5
7 Emma Ruíz   Mexico 0 6

Round 2Edit

The top 3 finishers in each pool advanced to the semifinals.[3]

Pool 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Maria Cerra   United States 4 1 Q
2 Jenny Addams   Belgium 4 1 Q
3 Gytte Minton   Great Britain 3 2 Q
4 Irma de Antequeda   Argentina 2 3
5 Lylian Malherbaud-Lecomte-Guyonneau   France 2 3
6 Gabriele Zeilinger   Austria 0 5

Pool 2Edit

Elek-Schacherer and Wenisch-Filz defeated Garilhe in a three-way barrage for second and third place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Mary Glen-Haig   Great Britain 5 0 Q
2 Ilona Elek-Schacherer   Hungary 3 2 Q
3 Fritzi Wenisch-Filz   Austria 3 2 Q
4 Renée Garilhe   France 3 2
5 Elena Libera   Italy 0 4
5 Kate Mahaut   Denmark 0 4

Pool 3Edit

Minton defeated Martin and Fullone in a three-way barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Ellen Müller-Preis   Austria 4 1 Q
2 Margit Elek   Hungary 4 1 Q
3 Irene Camber-Corno   Italy 3 2 Q
4 Grete Olsen   Denmark 2 3
5 Françoise Gouny   France 1 4
6 Helena Dow   United States 1 4

Pool 4Edit

Cesari defeated York-Romary in a barrage for third place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Karen Lachmann   Denmark 4 1 Q
2 Éva Kun   Hungary 4 1 Q
3 Velleda Cesari   Italy 3 2 Q
4 Jan York-Romary   United States 3 2
5 Elsa Irigoyen   Argentina 1 4
6 Anna Klüpfel   Switzerland 0 5

SemifinalsEdit

The top 4 finishers in each pool advanced to the final.[3]

Semifinal 1Edit

Wenisch-Filz defeated Camber-Corno in a barrage for fourth place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Ilona Elek-Schacherer   Hungary 5 0 Q
2 Karen Lachmann   Denmark 3 2 Q
3 Mary Glen-Haig   Great Britain 3 2 Q
4 Fritzi Wenisch-Filz   Austria 2 3 Q
5 Irene Camber-Corno   Italy 2 3
6 Éva Kun   Hungary 0 5

Semifinal 2Edit

Elek-Schacherer and Wenisch-Filz defeated Garilhe in a three-way barrage for second and third place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Ellen Müller-Preis   Austria 4 1 Q
2 Maria Cerra   United States 3 2 Q
2 Velleda Cesari   Italy 3 2 Q
4 Margit Elek   Hungary 3 2 Q
5 Jenny Addams   Belgium 2 3
6 Gytte Minton   Great Britain 0 5

FinalEdit

The final resulted in two different three-way ties in the standings: second, third, and fourth place at 5–2 and sixth, seventh, and eighth place at 1–6. Elek-Schacherer took gold with a 6–1 final record, losing only to fifth-place finished Wenisch-Filz. Lachmann took silver, with only 11 touches received compared to 16 each for Müller-Preis and Cerra. Müller-Preis then took bronze, on the strength of one more touch scored (24 to Cerra's 23). The other tie was broken similarly; Elek finished sixth with 26 touches received to Cesari and Glen-Haig's 27 apiece, while Cesari prevailed over Glen-Haig due to her 15 touches scored to the latter's 10.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TS TR
  Ilona Elek-Schacherer   Hungary 6 1 27 15
  Karen Lachmann   Denmark 5 2 24 11
  Ellen Müller-Preis   Austria 5 2 24 16
4 Maria Cerra   United States 5 2 23 16
5 Fritzi Wenisch-Filz   Austria 4 3 20 21
6 Margit Elek   Hungary 1 6 16 26
7 Velleda Cesari   Italy 1 6 15 27
8 Mary Glen-Haig   Great Britain 1 6 10 27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1948 Olympic Results - Women's foil". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Official Report, p. 379.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, p. 380.