Fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's sabre

The men's sabre competition in fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was held on 29 July at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre. There were 37 competitors from 21 nations.[1] Hungary's Áron Szilágyi won the gold medal, beating Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy won took silver. Nikolay Kovalev from Russia won the bronze. Szilágyi's gold medal was Hungary's 13th in the men's sabre.

Men's sabre
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Szilágyi Áron.jpg
Áron Szilágyi (2011)
VenueExCeL London Exhibition Centre
Date29 July
Competitors37 from 21 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) Áron Szilágyi  Hungary
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Diego Occhiuzzi  Italy
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Nikolay Kovalev  Russia
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This was the 27th appearance of the event, which is the only fencing event to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Three of the quarterfinalists from 2008 returned: gold medalist Zhong Man of China, fifth-place finisher Luigi Tarantino of Italy, and eighth-place finisher Aliaksandr Buikevich of Belarus. The favorite was Nicolas Limbach of Germany, the 2009 world champion and runner-up in both 2010 (to South Korea's Won Woo-young) and 2011 (to Italy's Aldo Montano). Other contenders included Won, Montano (who had won Olympic gold in 2004), Zhong, European champion Aleksey Yakimenko of Russia, and South Korea's Gu Bon-gil.[1]

For the first time in the history of the event, no nations made their debut in the men's sabre. Italy made its 25th appearance in the event, most of any nation, having missed the inaugural 1896 event and the 1904 Games.


Nations were limited to three fencers each from 1928 to 2004. However, the 2008 Games introduced a rotation of men's team fencing events with one weapon left off each Games; the individual event without a corresponding team event had the number of fencers per nation reduced to two. The men's rotation started with foil (2008) and épée (2012), with sabre scheduled to skip its team event in 2016. Thus, the maximum for individual sabre in 2012 was three per nation.

There were 36 dedicated quota spots for men's sabre. The first 24 spots went to the 3 members of each of the 8 qualified teams in the team foil event. Next, 7 more men were selected from the world rankings based on continents: 2 from Europe, 2 from the Americas, 2 from Asia/Oceania, and 1 from Africa. Finally, 5 spots were allocated by continental qualifying events: 2 from Europe, 1 from the Americas, 1 from Asia/Oceania, and 1 from Africa.

Additionally, there were 8 host/invitational spots that could be spread throughout the various fencing events. Great Britain chose to use 1 of its 8 host places to include a men's sabreur. This made the total number of fencers in the event 37.

Competition formatEdit

The sabre competition consisted of a six-round single-elimination bracket with a bronze medal match between the two semifinal losers. Fencing was done to 15 touches or to the completion of three three-minute rounds if neither fencer reached 15 touches by then. At the end of time, the higher-scoring fencer was the winner; a tie resulted in an additional one-minute sudden-death time period. This sudden-death period was further modified by the selection of a draw-winner beforehand; if neither fencer scored a touch during the minute, the predetermined draw-winner won the bout.[1]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 29 July 2012 9:00 Round of 64
Round of 32
Round of 16


Section 1Edit

Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals
  Nicolas Limbach (GER) 15
  Lam Hin Chung (HKG) 10   Adam Skrodzki (POL) 8
  Adam Skrodzki (POL) 15   Nicolas Limbach (GER) 15
  Benedikt Wagner (GER) 7
  Renzo Agresta (BRA) 6
  Benedikt Wagner (GER) 15
  Nicolas Limbach (GER) 12
  Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) 15
  Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) 15
  James Williams (USA) 12
  Nikolay Kovalev (RUS) 15
  Won Woo-young (KOR) 11
  Wang Jingzhi (CHN) 6
  Won Woo-young (KOR) 15

Section 2Edit

Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals
  Áron Szilágyi (HUN) 15
  Yu Peng Kean (MAS) 15   Yu Peng Kean (MAS) 1
  Mannad Zeid (EGY) 12   Áron Szilágyi (HUN) 15
  Zhong Man (CHN) 10
  Zhong Man (CHN) 15
  Kim Jung-hwan (KOR) 14
  Áron Szilágyi (HUN) 15
  Max Hartung (GER) 13
  Luigi Tarantino (ITA) 14
  Max Hartung (GER) 15
  Max Hartung (GER) 15
  Florin Zalomir (ROU) 15   Gu Bon-gil (KOR) 14
  Mojtaba Abedini (IRI) 7   Florin Zalomir (ROU) 12
  Gu Bon-gil (KOR) 15

Section 3Edit

Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals
  Aldo Montano (ITA) 15
  James Honeybone (GBR) 9   Valery Pryiemka (BLR) 9
  Valery Pryiemka (BLR) 15   Aldo Montano (ITA) 13
  Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA) 15
  Liu Xiao (CHN) 9
  Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA) 15
  Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA) 15
  Tim Morehouse (USA) 9
  Dmitry Lapkes (BLR) 15
  Philippe Beaudry (CAN) 10
  Dmitry Lapkes (BLR) 13
  Tim Morehouse (USA) 15
  Tim Morehouse (USA) 15
  Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS) 6

Section 4Edit

Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals
  Rareș Dumitrescu (ROU) 15
  Dmytro Boyko (UKR) 12
  Rareș Dumitrescu (ROU) 15
  Aliaksandr Buikevich (BLR) 6
  Aliaksandr Buikevich (BLR) 15
  Bolade Apithy (FRA) 11
  Rareș Dumitrescu (ROU) 15
  Daryl Homer (USA) 13
  Tiberiu Dolniceanu (ROU) 11
  Daryl Homer (USA) 15
  Daryl Homer (USA) 15
  Hicheim Samandi (TUN) 13   Aleksey Yakimenko (RUS) 14
  Hernan Jansen (VEN) 15   Hernan Jansen (VEN) 4
  Aleksey Yakimenko (RUS) 15


  Nikolay Kovalev (RUS)7
  Áron Szilágyi (HUN)15
  Áron Szilágyi (HUN)15
  Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA)8
  Diego Occhiuzzi (ITA)15
  Rareș Dumitrescu (ROU)11
Bronze medal match
  Nikolay Kovalev (RUS)15
  Rareș Dumitrescu (ROU)10

Final classificationEdit

Rank Fencer Nation
  Áron Szilágyi   Hungary
  Diego Occhiuzzi   Italy
  Nikolay Kovalev   Russia
4 Rareş Dumitrescu   Romania
5 Nicolas Limbach   Germany
6 Daryl Homer   United States
7 Max Hartung   Germany
8 Tim Morehouse   United States
9 Aleksey Yakimenko   Russia
10 Gu Bon-Gil   South Korea
11 Aldo Montano   Italy
12 Won Woo-young   South Korea
13 Dmitry Lapkes   Belarus
14 Benedikt Wagner   Germany
15 Zhong Man   China
16 Aliaksandr Buikevich   Belarus
17 Veniamin Reshetnikov   Russia
18 Bolade Apithy   France
19 Kim Jung-hwan   South Korea
20 Luigi Tarantino   Italy
21 Tiberiu Dolniceanu   Romania
22 Renzo Agresta   Brazil
23 Liu Xiao   China
24 Philippe Beaudry   Canada
25 James Williams   United States
26 Dmytro Boyko   Ukraine
27 Wang Jingzhi   China
28 Valery Pryiemka   Belarus
29 Florin Zalomir   Romania
30 Adam Skrodzki   Poland
31 Hernán Jansen   Venezuela
32 Yu Peng Kean   Malaysia
33 Mannad Zeid   Egypt
34 Hichem Samandi   Tunisia
35 Lam Hin Chung   Hong Kong
36 James Honeybone   Great Britain
37 Mojtaba Abedini   Iran


  1. ^ a b c "Sabre, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 25 November 2020.