Fencing at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's foil

The men's foil was one of eight fencing events on the fencing at the 1964 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourteenth appearance of the event. The competition was held from October 13 to October 14, 1964. 55 fencers from 21 nations competed.[1] Nations had been limited to three fencers each since 1928. The event was won by Egon Franke of Poland, the nation's first victory in the men's foil. France returned to the podium after a one-Games absence, with Jean-Claude Magnan taking silver and Daniel Revenu the bronze.

Men's foil
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
1964 Olympics fencing stamp of Japan.jpg
Japanese stamp commemorating 1964 Olympic fencing
VenueWaseda Memorial Hall
DatesOctober 13 – 14
Competitors55 from 21 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Egon Franke
 Poland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Jean-Claude Magnan
 France
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Daniel Revenu
 France
← 1960
1968 →

BackgroundEdit

This was the 14th appearance of the event, which has been held at every Summer Olympics except 1908 (when there was a foil display only rather than a medal event). Five of the eight finalists from 1960 returned: gold medalist Viktor Zhdanovich of the Soviet Union, bronze medalist Albie Axelrod of the United States, fourth-place finisher Witold Woyda of Poland, fifth-place finisher Mark Midler of the Soviet Union, and seventh-place finisher Bill Hoskyns of Great Britain. Jean-Claude Magnan of France was the reigning world champion. The previous two world champions, Ryszard Parulski of Poland and German Sveshnikov, were also competing in Tokyo.[2]

Iran, Malaysia, and South Korea each made their debut in the men's foil. The United States made its 13th appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the inaugural 1896 competition.

Competition formatEdit

The 1964 tournament introduced a hybrid pool-play and knockout format. The competition began with two rounds of pool play. In each round, the fencers were divided into pools to play a round-robin within the pool. Bouts were to five touches. Barrages were used to break ties necessary for advancement. The competition then shifted to knockout rounds. These rounds used a single-elimination tournament format to reduce the remaining field from 24 to 16, then from 16 to 8, then from 8 to 4. There were also classification semifinals and a fifth-place match for the quarterfinal losers. Bouts in these knockout rounds were to 10 touches. The four quarterfinal winners then resumed pool play once again for the final.

Standard foil rules were used, including that touches had to be made with the tip of the foil, the target area was limited to the torso, and priority determined the winner of double touches.[2][3]

  • Round 1: There were 9 pools of 6 or 7 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to round 2.
  • Round 2: There were 6 pools of 6 fencers each. The top 4 fencers in each pool advanced to the knockout rounds.
  • Knockout rounds: The 24 fencers were seeded into a truncated single-elimination tournament. Eight received byes into the round of 16. Three knockout rounds were held, finishing with the quarterfinals.
  • Classification: There were knockout-style classification matches for 5th place (two 5th–8th semifinals and a 5th/6th match).
  • Final: The final pool had 4 fencers.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 13 October 1964 8:30 Round 1
Round 2
Wednesday, 14 October 1964  
 
 
17:30
17:30
Round of 24
Round of 16
Quarterfinals
Classification 5–8
Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Pool AEdit

The three-way tie for third-place resulted in a barrage in the first pool. After each fencer went 1-1 in the barrage, touches received was used to break the tie. Cohen's 6 gave him the win over McKenzie's 7 and Elkalyoubi's 8; Cohen received third place. The tie-breaker then went back to head-to-head results between the two remaining fencers in the barrage to assign fourth place; Elkalyoubi had defeated McKenzie in their bout (and, incidentally, had defeated him in the main pool as well), so he placed fourth and advanced while McKenzie was eliminated.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Herman Sveshnikov   Soviet Union 5 0 Q
2 Jean Claude Magnan   France 4 1 Q
3 Herbert Cohen   United States 2 3 B
M. Elkalyoubi   Egypt 2 3 B
David McKenzie   Australia 2 3 B
6 Hahn Myung Seok   South Korea 0 5
Barrage A
Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
3 Herbert Cohen   United States 1 1 Q
4 M. Elkalyoubi   Egypt 1 1 Q
5 David McKenzie   Australia 1 1

Pool BEdit

The second pool required no barrage; ties within the top four were nominally broken by touches against (15-18 in favor of Sehem in the top two places) and then touches scored (21-18 for Okawa after he and Curletto tied at 18-18 in touches against).

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Mostafa Sehem   Egypt 4 1 Q
2 Ryszard Parulski   Poland 4 1 Q
3 Heisaburō Ōkawa   Japan 3 2 Q
4 Mario Curletto   Italy 3 2 Q
5 Enrique Penabella   Cuba 1 4
6 Ivan Lund   Australia 0 5

Pool CEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Kazuo Mano   Japan 5 0 Q
2 Egon Franke   Poland 4 1 Q
3 Jozsef Gyuricza   Hungary 3 2 Q
4 Allan Jay   Great Britain 2 3 Q
5 Shin Doo Ho   South Korea 1 4
6 Jesus Taboada   Argentina 0 5

Pool DEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Mark Midler   Soviet Union 5 0 Q
2 Julius Brecht   United Team of Germany 4 1 Q
3 Sandor Szabo   Hungary 3 2 Q
4 Nasser Madani   Iran 2 3 Q
5 Emilio Echeverri   Colombia 1 4
6 Robert Foxcroft   Canada 0 5

Pool EEdit

Touches against were 12-16-19 to break the three-way tie for second place.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Nicola Granieri   Italy 5 0 Q
2 Daniel Revenu   France 3 2 Q
3 Sameh Abdelrahman   Egypt 3 2 Q
4 Kazuhiko Tabuchi   Japan 3 2 Q
5 John Andru   Canada 1 4
6 Houshmand Almasi   Iran 0 5

Pool FEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Jacky Courtillat   France 5 0 Q
2 Ion Drîmbă   Romania 4 1 Q
3 Henry Hoskyns   Great Britain 3 2 Q
4 Michael Ryan   Ireland 2 3 Q
5 Orlando Nannini   Argentina 1 4
6 Bijan Zarnegar   Iran 0 5

Pool GEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Jeno Kamuti   Hungary 5 0 Q
2 Roland Losert   Austria 4 1 Q
3 Alexander Leckie   Great Britain 3 2 Q
4 Ignacio Posada   Colombia 2 3 Q
5 Edwin Richards   United States 1 4
6 J. Bouchier-Hayes   Ireland 0 5

Pool HEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Ștefan Haukler   Romania 6 0 Q
2 Witold Woyda   Poland 5 1 Q
3 Pasquale la Ragione   Italy 4 2 Q
4 Tim Gerresheim   United Team of Germany 3 3 Q
5 Brian McCowage   Australia 2 4
6 Didier Tamayo   Colombia 1 5
7 Ronnie Theseira   Malaysia 0 6

Pool IEdit

Touches against were 14-18-20 to break the three-way tie for second and 22-24 to break the two-way tie for fifth.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Tănase Mureșanu   Romania 4 1 Q
2 Albert Axelrod   United States 3 2 Q
3 Dieter Schmitt   United Team of Germany 3 2 Q
4 Victor Zhdanovich   Soviet Union 3 2 Q
5 Kim Man Shik   South Korea 1 4
6 Adolfo Bisellach   Argentina 1 4

Round 2Edit

Pool AEdit

Touches against were 16-16-19 to break the three-way tie for second into second/third and fourth places, with touches scored 23-22 to separate second and third.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Herman Sveshnikov   Soviet Union 4 1 Q
2 Ion Drîmbă   Romania 3 2 Q
3 Witold Woyda   Poland 3 2 Q
4 Mario Curletto   Italy 3 2 Q
5 Jozsef Gyuricza   Hungary 2 3
6 Alexander Leckie   Great Britain 0 5

Pool BEdit

Touches against broke the tie for second and third, with 14-16. Since the tie for fourth and fifth determined advancement, another bout was fenced. Tabuchi, who had won the main-pool bout, defeated Sehem again in the barrage to win a qualification spot.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Mark Midler   Soviet Union 5 0 Q
2 Henry Hoskyns   Great Britain 3 2 Q
3 Egon Franke   Poland 3 2 Q
4 Mostafa Sehem   Egypt 2 3 B
Kazuhiko Tabuchi   Japan 2 3 B
6 Michael Ryan   Ireland 0 5
Barrage B
Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
4 Kazuhiko Tabuchi   Japan 1 0 Q
5 Mostafa Sehem   Egypt 0 1

Pool CEdit

The three-way tie for first was broken by touches against (16-18-20), but the three-way tie for fourth required a barrage. Elkalyoubi, fencing in the first two bouts of the barrage, won both to clinch advancement and make a bout between Granieri and Haukler unnecessary. Their main-pool touches against (17-19) decided the fifth and sixth places.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Roland Losert   Austria 3 2 Q
2 Dieter Schmitt   United Team of Germany 3 2 Q
3 Victor Zhdanovich   Soviet Union 3 2 Q
4 M. Elkalyoubi   Egypt 2 3 B
Nicola Granieri   Italy 2 3 B
Ștefan Haukler   Romania 2 3 B
Barrage C
Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
4 M. Elkalyoubi   Egypt 2 0 Q
5 Ștefan Haukler   Romania 0 1
6 Nicola Granieri   Italy 0 1

Pool DEdit

A three-way tie for third place required a barrage, with two fencers advancing and the third eliminated. Cohen, who had beaten Muresan but lost to Mano in the main pool, won both of his barrage bouts to take third place. Mano defeated Muresan in the other barrage bout to revenge his loss in the main pool and take fourth, qualifying for the third round.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Tim Gerreshim   United Team of Germany 5 0 Q
2 Daniel Revenu   France 3 2 Q
3 Herbert Cohen   United States 2 3 B
Kazuo Mano   Japan 2 3 B
Tănase Mureșanu   Romania 2 3 B
6 Pasquale la Ragione   Italy 1 4
Barrage D
Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
3 Herbert Cohen   United States 2 0 Q
4 Kazuo Mano   Japan 1 1 Q
5 Tănase Mureșanu   Romania 0 2

Pool EEdit

The fifth pool resulted in a four-way tie for third place, out of which two fencers would advance and two would be eliminated. The barrage resulted in two fencers going 2-1 to advance (with Jay's 20-21 edge in main-pool touches against giving him third place) and two going 1-2 (Parulski took fifth with 19 touches against in the main pool to Courtillat's 21) to be knocked out.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Albert Axelrod   United States 4 1 Q
2 Sando Szabor   Hungary 3 2 Q
3 Jacky Courtillat   France 2 3 B
Allan Jay   Great Britain 2 3 B
Nasser Madani   Iran 2 3 B
Ryszard Parulski   Poland 2 3 B
Barrage E
Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
3 Allan Jay   Great Britain 2 1 Q
4 Nasser Madani   Iran 2 1 Q
5 Ryszard Parulski   Poland 1 2
6 Jacky Courtillat   France 1 2

Pool FEdit

Since the three-way tie for second didn't matter for qualification, it was broken by touches against. Magnan's 13 gave him second place, while Brecht and Kamuti were still tied at 17. They maintained their tie even through touches scored at 20, so both received third place in the pool.

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses Notes
1 Heisaburō Ōkawa   Japan 4 1 Q
2 Jean Claude Magnan   France 3 2 Q
3 Julius Brecht   United Team of Germany 3 2 Q
Jeno Kamuti   Hungary 3 2 Q
5 Sameh Abdelrahman   Egypt 2 3
6 Ignacio Posada   Colombia 0 5

Knockout roundsEdit

The winner of each group advanced to the final pool, while the runner-up moved into a 5th-place semifinal.

Group 1Edit

 
Round of 24Round of 16Quarterfinals
 
          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Roland Losert (AUT)10
 
 
 
  Ion Drîmbă (ROU)6
 
  Ion Drîmbă (ROU)10
 
 
 
  Nasser Madani (IRI)4
 
  Roland Losert (AUT)10
 
 
 
  Sandor Szabo (HUN)9
 
  Sandor Szabo (HUN)10
 
 
 
  Dieter Schmitt (EUA)2
 
  Sandor Szabo (HUN)10
 
 
  Mark Midler (URS)8
 
 
 
 

Group 2Edit

 
Round of 24Round of 16Quarterfinals
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Daniel Revenu (FRA)10
 
 
 
  Allan Jay (GBR)2
 
  Daniel Revenu (FRA)10
 
 
  Witold Woyda (POL)6
 
 
 
 
 
  Daniel Revenu (FRA)10
 
 
  Tim Gerresheim (EUA)5
 
 
 
 
 
  Tim Gerresheim (EUA)10
 
 
 
  Kazuo Mano (JPN)4
 
  Kazuo Mano (JPN)10
 
 
  M. Elkalyoubi (EGY)8
 

Group 3Edit

 
Round of 24Round of 16Quarterfinals
 
          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Jean Claude Magnan (FRA)10
 
 
 
  Okawa Heisaburo (JPN)7
 
  Okawa Heisaburo (JPN)10
 
 
 
  Herbert Cohen (USA)4
 
  Jean Claude Magnan (FRA)10
 
 
  Jeno Kamuti (HUN)7
 
 
 
 
 
  Jeno Kamuti (HUN)10
 
 
 
  Victor Zhdanovich (URS)9
 
  Victor Zhdanovich (URS)10
 
 
  Julius Brecht (EUA)6
 

Group 4Edit

 
Round of 24Round of 16Quarterfinals
 
          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Egon Franke (POL)10
 
 
 
  Albert Axelrod (USA)9
 
  Albert Axelrod (USA)10
 
 
 
  Tabuchi Kozuhiko (JPN)5
 
  Egon Franke (POL)10
 
 
 
  Henry Hoskyns (GBR)4
 
  Henry Hoskyns (GBR)10
 
 
 
  Mario Curletto (ITA)6
 
  Henry Hoskyns (GBR)10
 
 
  Herman Sveshnikov (URS)8
 
 
 
 

Fifth place classificationEdit

 
Fifth place semifinalsFifth place match
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Sandor Szabo (HUN)6
 
 
 
  Tim Gerresheim (EUA)10
 
  Tim Gerresheim (EUA)4
 
 
 
  Jeno Kamuti (HUN)10
 
  Jeno Kamuti (HUN)10
 
 
  Henry Hoskyns (GBR)6
 

FinalEdit

Rank Fencer Nation Wins Losses
  Egon Franke   Poland 3 0
  Jean Claude Magnan   France 2 1
  Daniel Revenu   France 1 2
4 Roland Losert   Austria 0 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fencing: 1964 Olympic Results - Men's foil". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  2. ^ a b "Foil, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, p. 282.

SourcesEdit

  • Tokyo Organizing Committee (1964). The Games of the XVIII Olympiad: Tokyo 1964, vol. 2.