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David Acfield

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDavid Laurence•Acfield
Used nameDavid•Acfield
Born24 July 1947 in Chelmsford, Essex, England (GBR)
Measurements178 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsUniversity of Cambridge, Cambridge (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


A graduate in history from Cambridge University, David Acfield was British sabre champion between 1969 and 1972 and took a team gold with England at the 1970 Commonwealth Games. From 1966 onwards he combined his fencing with appearances, as an amateur (to protect his Olympic status), for Essex in English cricket’s County Championship. After the Munich Games he accepted a professional contract and continued to play cricket for Essex until 1986. An off-spin bowler, his ineptitude at batting cost him international honours. On his retirement he became an administrator with the England and Wales Cricket Board and later chairman of Essex CCC.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR David Acfield
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain =7
1972 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR David Acfield
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 p3 r1/4

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