Fencing at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Women's team foil

The women's team foil was one of eight fencing events on the fencing at the 1960 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of the event. The competition was held on 3 September 1960. 57 fencers from 12 nations competed. The winner of the tournament was the Soviet Union, followed by Hungary and Italy in third.[1]

Women's team foil
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
The Soviet team
VenuePalazzo dei Congressi
Dates3 September
Competitors57 from 12 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Valentina Rastvorova, Galina Gorokhova, Tatyana Petrenko-Samusenko, Lyudmila Shishova, Valentina Prudskova, Aleksandra Zabelina  Soviet Union
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ildikó Ságiné Ujlakyné Rejtő, Györgyi Marvalics-Székely, Magda Nyári-Kovács, Katalin Nagyné Juhász, Lídia Sákovicsné Dömölky  Hungary
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Antonella Ragno-Lonzi, Irene Camber-Corno, Velleda Cesari, Bruna Colombetti-Peroncini, Claudia Pasini  Italy
1964 →

Competition format


The competition combined pool play with knockout rounds. The first round consisted of pools, with the 12 teams entered in the competition divided into 4 pools of 3 teams. The top 2 teams in each pool after a round-robin advanced. The 8 teams remaining after the pool play competed in a three-round single-elimination bracket, with a bronze medal match between the semifinal losers.

Each team match consisted of each of the four fencers on one team facing each fencer on the other team, for a maximum of 16 total bouts. An 8–8 tie would be resolved by touches received. Bouts were to 4 touches. Only as much fencing was done as was necessary to determine pool placement (in the first round) or the winning team (in the knockout rounds), so not all matches went to the full 16 bouts but instead stopped early (typically when one team had 9 bouts won).[2]





Round 1


Pool A


Italy defeated Venezuela, as did the Soviet Union. This eliminated Venezuela; Italy and the Soviet Union faced off to determine their placing within the group. The Soviet Union took first in the group with a win over Italy.

Pos Team W L BW BL Qual. URS ITA VEN
1   Soviet Union 2 0 22 7 Q 9–4 13–3
2   Italy 1 1 17 12 4–9 13–3
3   Venezuela 0 2 6 26 3–13 3–13
Source: Official Report, p. 849

Pool B


Romania defeated Great Britain, as did Hungary. This eliminated Great Britain; Romania and Hungary faced off to determine their placing within the group. Hungary took first in the group with a win over Romania.

Pos Team W L BW BL Qual. HUN ROU GBR
1   Hungary 2 0 19 13 Q 9–7 10–6
2   Romania 1 1 19 13 7–9 12–4
3   Great Britain 0 2 10 22 6–10 4–12
Source: Official Report, p. 850

Pool C


The Netherlands defeated Austria, as did Germany. This eliminated Austria; the Netherlands and Germany faced off to determine their placing within the group. Germany took first in the group with a win over the Netherlands.

Pos Team W L BW BL Qual. EUA NED AUT
1   United Team of Germany 2 0 19 9 Q 9–3 10–6
2   Netherlands 1 1 13 15 3–9 10–6
3   Austria 0 2 12 20 6–10 6–10
Source: Official Report, p. 851

Pool D


The United States and Poland fenced to a tie, 8 bouts to 8 and 47 touches received to 47. France defeated the United States. Poland defeated France.

Pos Team W L BW BL Qual. POL FRA USA
1   Poland 1.5 0.5 17 14 Q 9–6 8–8
2   France 1 1 16 15 6–9 10–6
3   United States 0.5 1.5 14 18 8–8 6–10
Source: Official Report, p. 852

Elimination rounds

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
A1   Soviet Union 8 (46)
D2   France 8 (48)   Soviet Union 9
C1   United Team of Germany 9   United Team of Germany 3
B2   Romania 4   Soviet Union 9
B1   Hungary 9   Hungary 3
C2   Netherlands 3   Hungary 9
D1   Poland 5   Italy 3
A2   Italy 9 Third place
  United Team of Germany 2
  Italy 9

Final classification

Rank Nation
    Soviet Union
4   United Team of Germany
5   France
9   Austria
  Great Britain
  United States


  1. ^ "Fencing: 1960 Olympic Results - Women's team foil". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  2. ^ Official Report, p. 849.