Fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's team foil

The men's team foil was one of seven fencing events on the fencing at the 1956 Summer Olympics programme. It was the ninth appearance of the event. The competition was held 23 November 1956. 50 fencers from 9 nations competed.[1]

Men's team foil
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
VenueSt Kilda Town Hall
Dates23 November
Competitors50 from 9 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Edoardo Mangiarotti, Manlio Di Rosa, Giancarlo Bergamini, Antonio Spallino, Luigi Carpaneda, Vittorio Lucarelli  Italy
2nd, silver medalist(s) Claude Netter, Bernard Baudoux, Jacques Lataste, Roger Closset, Christian d'Oriola, René Coicaud  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Endre Tilli, József Sákovics, József Gyuricza, Mihály Fülöp, Lajos Somodi, Sr., József Marosi  Hungary
← 1952
1960 →

Competition formatEdit

The competition used a pool play format, with each team facing the other teams in the pool in a round robin. Each match consisted of 16 bouts, with 4 fencers on one team facing each of the 4 fencers on the other team. Bouts were to 5 touches. Total touches against were the tie-breaker if a match was tied 8 bouts to 8. However, only as much fencing was done as was necessary to determine advancement, so some matches never occurred and some matches were stopped before the full 16 bouts were fenced if the teams advancing from the pool could be determined.[2]



Round 1Edit

The top two nations in each pool advanced to the semifinal.

Pool 1Edit

In the first match, Belgium defeated the Soviet Union 9–7. The Soviet Union then defeated France 9–7. The third match ended when France took a 10–4 lead over Belgium, ensuring that all teams would finish 1–1 and Belgium would necessarily lose the three-way tie based on individual bouts.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
1   France 1 1 17 13
2   Soviet Union 1 1 16 16
3   Belgium 1 1 13 17

Pool 2Edit

In the first match, Great Britain defeated Colombia 15–1. In the second, Italy reached 9 wins without a loss against Colombia to win the match; because this put Colombia at 0–2 and guaranteed advancement for the other two teams, the Italy–Colombia match was halted.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
1   Italy 1 0 9 0
2   Great Britain 1 0 15 1
3   Colombia 0 2 1 24

Pool 3Edit

In the first match, the United States defeated Australia 13–3. In the second, Hungary and Australia each won 8 bouts, but Hungary prevailed on touches against (57–65). This eliminated Australia at 0–2 and advanced the other two teams, so the United States did not face Hungary.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
1   United States 1 0 13 3
2   Hungary 1 0 8 8
3   Australia 0 2 11 21


The top two teams in each semifinal advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1Edit

In the first match, the United States defeated Great Britain 9–7. In the second, Italy and Great Britain tied: not only in bouts, 8–8, but in touches, 56–56. For the third and final match, then, Italy needed only to do better against the United States than Great Britain had; as soon as Italy won its 8th bout against the United States (leading the match 8–4), the pool was finished. That the United States could still have come back to win against Italy was immaterial; those two would advance regardless, with Great Britain eliminated.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
1   Italy 1.5 0.5 16 12
2   United States 1 1 13 15
3   Great Britain 0.5 1.5 15 17

Semifinal 2Edit

Hungary (11–5) and France (9–4) each defeated the Soviet Union, with the French–Soviet match stopped as soon as France reached 9 wins due to the certainty of the Soviet Union's elimination.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
1   France 1 0 9 4
2   Hungary 1 0 11 5
3   Soviet Union 0 2 9 20


The first two pairings saw France defeat the United States (10–6) and Italy beat Hungary (8–8, 59–63). France and Italy each won again in the second pairings, this time France over Hungary (11–5) and Italy against the United States (9–7). With two 2–0 teams and two 0–2 teams, the third set of pairings in the round-robin were effectively a gold medal match and a bronze medal match. Hungary defeated the United States 9–5 to take the bronze medal, while Italy prevailed over France 9–7 for the gold.

Rank Nation Wins Losses Bouts Won Bouts Lost
    Italy 3 0 26 22
    France 2 1 28 20
    Hungary 1 2 22 24
4   United States 0 3 18 28


  1. ^ "Fencing: 1956 Olympic Results - Men's team foil". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 436.