René Paul

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRonald René Charles•Paul
Used nameRené•Paul
Born20 January 1921 in Paddington, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died16 June 2008 in London, Greater London, England (GBR)
Measurements174 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsSalle Paul, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

The son of a French fencing master who settled in London and started Britain’s most famous fencing dynasty, René Paul won five national titles at foil between 1947 and 1962. He was a member of the British foil team that took the bronze medal at the 1955 World Championships. In addition to his four Olympic appearances he also competed in four Commonwealth Games, winning seven gold medals, two silvers and a bronze between 1950 and 1962, to become the most successful fencer in the history of those Games.

Paul’s sons Graham and Barry followed in their father’s footsteps by becoming both national champions and Olympic representatives. René and his brother Raymond went on to run the family fencing equipment business.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR René Paul
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 5 p3 r2/4
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain =5
1952 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR René Paul
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p3 r3/4
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 p2 r2/4
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p8 r1/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 3 p3 r2/4
1956 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR René Paul
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 8 p2 r2/3
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain =5
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) DNS
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 4
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain DNS
1960 Summer Olympics Fencing GBR René Paul
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Great Britain =5

Olympic family relations

Special Notes