Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's sabre

The men's sabre was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics programme. It was the thirteenth appearance of the event. The competition was held on 5 December 1956. 35 fencers from 17 nations competed.[1] Nations had been limited to three fencers each since 1928. The event was won by Rudolf Kárpáti, the seventh of nine straight Games in which a Hungarian would win the event. Jerzy Pawłowski of Poland took silver and Lev Kuznetsov of the Soviet Union took bronze, the first medals in the event for each nation and the first time since 1924 that any nation other than Hungary and Italy earned a medal in the men's sabre.

Men's sabre
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Rudolf Kárpáti 1960.jpg
Rudolf Kárpáti (1960)
VenueSt Kilda Town Hall
Dates5 December
Competitors35 from 17 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Rudolf Kárpáti
 Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Jerzy Pawłowski
 Poland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lev Kuznetsov
 Soviet Union
← 1952
1960 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the 13th appearance of the event, which is the only fencing event to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Four of the nine finalists from 1952 returned: gold medalist (and 1948 bronze medalist) Pál Kovács of Hungary, silver medalist (and 1948 gold and 1936 bronze medalist) Aladár Gerevich of Hungary, fourth-place finisher Gastone Darè of Italy, and sixth-place finisher Jacques Lefèvre of France. The last three world champions were on the heavily favored Hungarian team: 1953 champion Kovács (who had also won in 1937), 1954 champion Rudolf Kárpáti, and 1955 champion Gerevich (also in 1935 and 1951).[2]

Colombia, Indonesia, and Luxembourg each made their debut in the men's sabre; East and West Germany competed together as the United Team of Germany. Italy made its 11th appearance in the event, most of any nation (surpassing Denmark, which missed the men's sabre event for the first time since competing in 1908), having missed the inaugural 1896 event and the 1904 St. Louis Games.

Competition formatEdit

The competition used a pool play format, with each fencer facing the other fencers in the pool in a round robin. Bouts were to 5 touches. Barrages were used to break ties necessary for advancement (touches against were the first tie-breaker used to give ranks when the rank did not matter). However, only as much fencing was done as was necessary to determine advancement, so some bouts never occurred if the fencers advancing from the pool could be determined.[3] The 12 fencers from the top four teams in the team sabre event received a bye in the first round.

  • Round 1: There 4 pools of between 5 and 6 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the quarterfinals.
  • Quarterfinals: There were 4 pools of 7 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 Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 5 December 1956 8:00
15:00
 
 
Round 1
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the quarterfinals. Fencers from the four teams that advanced to the final of the men's team sabre event received byes through round 1:

Pool 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Luigi Narduzzi   Italy 5 0 25 8 Q
2 Teodoro Goliardi   Uruguay 3 1 19 10 Q
3 George Worth   United States 3 1 16 10 Q
4 Benito Ramos   Mexico 1 4 9 23 B
Masayuki Sano   Japan 1 4 10 22 B
Sandor Szoke   Australia 1 4 18 24 B
Barrage
Pos Fencer W L TF TA Notes BR MS SS
4   Benito Ramos (MEX) 2 0 10 2 Q 5–1 5–1
5   Masayuki Sano (JPN) 1 1 6 7 1–5 5–2
6   Sandor Szoke (AUS) 0 2 3 10 1–5 2–5
Source: Official Report, p. 452.

Pool 2Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Roberto Ferrari   Italy 3 1 18 10 Q
2 Olgierd Porebski   Great Britain 3 0 15 6 Q
3 Allan Kwartler   United States 2 1 12 13 Q
4 Graham McKenzie   Australia 1 3 12 17 Q
5 Alfredo Yanguas   Colombia 0 4 8 20

Pool 3Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Gastone Darè   Italy 5 0 25 8 Q
2 Bill Hoskyns   Great Britain 3 2 18 17 Q
3 Leslie Fadgyas   Australia 3 2 21 18 Q
4 Marcel Van Der Auwera   Belgium 2 3 20 18 B
Roland Asselin   Canada 2 3 16 18 B
6 José del Carmen   Colombia 0 5 10 25
Barrage
Pos Fencer W L TF TA Notes MVDA RA
4   Marcel Van Der Auwera (BEL) 1 0 5 3 Q 5–3
5   Roland Asselin (CAN) 0 1 3 5 3–5
Source: Official Report, p. 452.

Pool 4Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Tibor Nyilas   United States 5 0 25 13 Q
2 Günter Stratmann   United Team of Germany 3 2 22 17 Q
3 Emilio Echeverry   Colombia 3 2 21 21 Q
4 Ralph Cooperman   Great Britain 2 3 20 18 B
Roger Theisen   Luxembourg 2 3 19 20 B
6 Siha Sukarno   Indonesia 0 5 7 25
Barrage
Pos Fencer W L TF TA Notes RC RT
4   Ralph Cooperman (GBR) 1 0 5 1 Q 5–1
5   Roger Theisen (LUX) 0 1 1 5 1–5
Source: Official Report, p. 452.

QuarterfinalsEdit

The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the semifinals.

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Roberto Ferrari   Italy 5 0 25 14 Q
2 Pál Kovács   Hungary 4 1 23 10 Q
3 Jacques Lefèvre   France 3 2 19 13 Q
4 Allan Kwartler   United States 3 2 18 17 Q
5 Yakov Rylsky   Soviet Union 2 4 18 26
6 Teodoro Goliardi   Uruguay 1 4 14 23
7 Benito Ramos   Mexico 0 5 12 25

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Aladár Gerevich   Hungary 5 1 29 17 Q
2 Luigi Narduzzi   Italy 4 2 28 21 Q
3 Yevhen Cherepovsky   Soviet Union 3 3 25 20 B
Marcel Van Der Auwera   Belgium 3 3 23 22 B
Olgierd Porebski   Great Britain 3 3 20 23 B
6 Marian Kuszewski   Poland 2 4 19 24
7 Emilio Echeverry   Colombia 1 5 10 29
Barrage
Pos Fencer W L TF TA Notes YC MVDA OP
3   Yevhen Cherepovsky (URS) 1 1 6 6 Q 1–5 5–0
4   Marcel Van Der Auwera (BEL) 1 1 7 6 5–1 2–5
5   Olgierd Porebski (GBR) 1 1 5 7 0–5 5–2
Source: Official Report, p. 452.

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Rudolf Kárpáti   Hungary 5 0 25 8 Q
2 Jacques Roulot   France 4 1 24 14 Q
3 Wojciech Zabłocki   Poland 4 2 25 21 Q
4 Günter Stratmann   United Team of Germany 3 3 24 20 Q
5 Tibor Nyilas   United States 2 4 19 25
6 Bill Hoskyns   Great Britain 2 4 19 25
7 Graham McKenzie   Australia 0 6 7 30

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Jerzy Pawłowski   Poland 5 0 25 9 Q
2 Gastone Darè   Italy 4 1 23 16 Q
3 George Worth   United States 3 3 21 21 B
Lev Kuznetsov   Soviet Union 3 3 23 22 B
Ralph Cooperman   Great Britain 3 3 26 24 B
6 Claude Gamot   France 2 4 21 23
7 Leslie Fadgyas   Australia 0 6 6 30
Barrage
Pos Fencer W L TF TA Notes GW LK RC
3   George Worth (USA) 1 1 9 6 Q 4–5 5–1
4   Lev Kuznetsov (URS) 1 0 5 4 5–4
5   Ralph Cooperman (GBR) 0 1 1 5 1–5
Source: Official Report, p. 453.

SemifinalsEdit

The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Rudolf Kárpáti   Hungary 7 0 35 22 Q
2 Jerzy Pawłowski   Poland 5 2 32 25 Q
3 Jacques Lefèvre   France 4 3 28 24 Q
4 Luigi Narduzzi   Italy 4 3 31 27 Q
5 Yevhen Cherepovsky   Soviet Union 3 4 27 30
6 Günter Stratmann   United Team of Germany 3 4 26 31
7 Allan Kwartler   United States 2 5 24 31
8 Gastone Darè   Italy 0 7 22 35

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
1 Pál Kovács   Hungary 6 1 30 13 Q
2 Aladár Gerevich   Hungary 5 2 30 25 Q
3 Lev Kuznetsov   Soviet Union 4 3 30 23 Q
4 Wojciech Zabłocki   Poland 4 3 28 27 Q
5 Roberto Ferrari   Italy 3 4 28 29
6 Jacques Roulot   France 2 5 19 30
7 George Worth   United States 2 5 22 32
8 Marcel Van Der Auwera   Belgium 1 6 19 32

FinalEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses TF TA Notes
  Rudolf Kárpáti   Hungary 6 1 32 19
  Jerzy Pawłowski   Poland 5 2 30 22
3 Lev Kuznetsov   Soviet Union 4 3 29 24 B
Jacques Lefèvre   France 4 3 27 25 B
5 Aladár Gerevich   Hungary 3 4 40 31
6 Wojciech Zabłocki   Poland 2 5 17 29
7 Pál Kovács   Hungary 2 5 25 30
8 Luigi Narduzzi   Italy 2 5 21 31
Barrage
Pos Fencer W L TF TA LK JL
    Lev Kuznetsov (URS) 1 1 9 6 5–2
4   Jacques Lefèvre (FRA) 1 0 5 4 2–5
Source: Official Report, p. 453.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1956 Olympic Results - Men's sabre". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Sabre, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, p. 451.