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Christian d'Oriola

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameChristian Marie Auguste•d'Oriola
Used nameChristian•d'Oriola
Born3 October 1928 in Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales (FRA)
Died29 October 2007 in Nîmes, Gard (FRA)
Measurements178 cm / 75 kg
NOC France

Biography

Christian d’Oriola was the world’s top foil fencer in the post-war years. In 1947, aged 19, he won his first World Championship, winning it three more times in 1949, 1953 and 1954. He added four gold medals with the French foil team (1947, 1951, 1953 and 1958). At the Olympics, he won both the individual and team gold twice, as well as a silver medal in each event. He was still competing at age 42, when he won the French team épée title in 1970. He later acted as a fencing judge, and vice-president of the French Fencing Federation.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Christian d'Oriola
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) France 1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Christian d'Oriola
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) France 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Christian d'Oriola
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) France 2 Silver
1960 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Christian d'Oriola
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) France =5
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) France =9

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1960 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony FRA Christian d'Oriola

Olympic family relations

Special Notes

Errata

Date of death also seen as 30 October 2007.