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Emil Schön

Biographical information

Medals IG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
Full nameRobert Emil•Schön
Used nameEmil•Schön
Born4 August 1872 in Jebenhausen, Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg (GER)
Died29 November 1945 in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (GER)
AffiliationsFC Hermannia, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
NOC(s) Germany


Emil Schön was the German national champion in men’s individual épée in 1914 and then, in the first championships after World War I, won the men’s individual foil title in 1920. He fenced for FC Hermannia Frankfurt, which had been founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1873 and was the most successful fencing club at the German national championships in the period before World War II.

Schön competed in three consecutive Olympic Games from 1906-12. In 1906 in Athina he won the gold medal with the German sabre team, the first time Germany won an international title in fencing. He also finished fourth in the individual sabre, three hits; came in fifth with the épée team and in the individual épée, and was eliminated early in individual foil and individual sabre. Two years later in London he competed in the individual sabre and épée with limited results. In Stockholm in 1912 he reached the semifinals with the épée and sabre teams, but did not reach the semifinals of the individual foil and épée.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1906 Intercalated Games Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Intercalated AC p2 r2/3 Representing Germany    
  Épée, Individual, Men Intercalated 5
  Épée, Team, Men Intercalated Germany =5
  Sabre, Individual, Men Intercalated AC p3 r1/3
  Sabre, Individual, Three Hits, Men Intercalated 4
  Sabre, Team, Men Intercalated Germany 1 Gold
1908 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic =4 p7 r1/4 Representing Germany    
  Sabre, Individual, Men Olympic 4 p5 r2/4
1912 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic =3 p2 r3/4 Representing Germany    
  Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 6 p5 r2/4
  Épée, Team, Men Olympic Germany =7
  Sabre, Team, Men Olympic Germany =7