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Foil, Team, Women

Date26 – 27 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationFutbolny polya, Legkoatletichesky futbolny kompleks, Moskva
Participants45 from 9 countries

The Soviet Union had won three successive Olympic titles and every World Championship since 1974 so were considered amongst the most certain victors of the 1980 Olympics before the Games began. The events of the individual foil, where no Soviet had managed to reach the final pool, gave a little pause for thought but that could be explained away as a minor hiccough.

The Soviets were in dominant form in the early stages and swept away all opposition to reach the final. Their opponents were to be France who had beaten Hungary to progress to the final. Inspired by the performance of newly crowned individual champion, Pascale Trinquet, the youthful French team sprung a major surprise by winning the Olympic championship on a 9-6 score line.

After waiting 56 years for a French victory in women’s fencing this was their second Olympic gold within a week. The average age of the victorious team was only just over 22.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1FranceFRAGold
Pascale TrinquetBrigitte Latrille-GaudinChristine MuzioIsabelle Boéri-BégardVéronique Brouquier
2Soviet UnionURSSilver
Valentina SidorovaNailya GilyazovaYelena BelovaIrina UshakovaLarisa Tsagarayeva
3HungaryHUNBronze
Magda MarosEdit KovácsIldikó Schwarczenberger-TordasiZsuzsa SzőcsGertrúd Stefanek
4PolandPOL
Delfina SkąpskaAgnieszka DubrawskaJolanta KrólikowskaBarbara WysoczańskaKamilla Składanowska
5ItalyITA
Dorina VaccaroniAnna Rita SparaciariSusanna BatazziCarola MangiarottiClara Mochi
6CubaCUB
Margarita RodríguezMarlene FontMaría Esther GarcíaClara AlfonsoMercedes del Risco
7Great BritainGBR
Susan WrigglesworthAnn BrannonWendy GrantLinda Ann MartinHilary Cawthorne
8East GermanyGDR
Mandy NiklausGabriele JankeSabine HertrampfBeate SchubertMarion Schulze
9RomaniaROU
Ecaterina StahlMarcela MoldovanViorica ȚurcanuSuzana ArdeleanuAurora Dan

Round 1 (26 July 1980)

Top two teams, based on percentages of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to round semi-finals. Teams ranked 3-6, based on percentages of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to quarter-finals.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA202010Q
Pascale TrinquetBrigitte Latrille-GaudinChristine MuzioIsabelle Boéri-BégardVéronique Brouquier
2CubaCUB111317
Margarita RodríguezMarlene FontMaría Esther GarcíaClara AlfonsoMercedes del Risco
3East GermanyGDR021319Q
Mandy NiklausGabriele JankeSabine HertrampfBeate SchubertMarion Schulze

Pool 1 FRA 11 – 5GDR
Pool 1 FRA 9 – 5CUB
Pool 1 1 CUB 28 – 8GDR

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1Soviet UnionURS20209Q
Valentina SidorovaNailya GilyazovaYelena BelovaIrina UshakovaLarisa Tsagarayeva
2ItalyITA111316Q
Dorina VaccaroniAnna Rita SparaciariSusanna BatazziClara MochiCarola Mangiarotti
3RomaniaROU021220
Aurora DanMarcela MoldovanViorica ȚurcanuSuzana ArdeleanuEcaterina Stahl

Pool 2 URS 9 – 4ITA
Pool 2 URS 11 – 5ROU
Pool 2 ITA 9 – 7ROU

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1PolandPOL111814Q
Delfina SkąpskaAgnieszka DubrawskaJolanta KrólikowskaBarbara WysoczańskaKamilla Składanowska
2HungaryHUN111814
Magda MarosEdit KovácsIldikó Schwarczenberger-TordasiZsuzsa SzőcsGertrúd Stefanek
3Great BritainGBR111220
Susan WrigglesworthAnn BrannonWendy GrantLinda Ann MartinHilary Cawthorne

Pool 3 HUN 9 – 7POL
Pool 3 POL 12 – 4GBR
Pool 3 GBR 8 – 8HUN

Quarter-Finals (27 July 1980)

Winner of each pool advanced to round three. Losers to 5-6 placement match.

Match #1 HUN 9 – 6ITA
Match #2 POL 9 – 7CUB

Semi-Finals (27 July 1980)

Winner of each match advanced to final.

Match #1 URS 9 – 3POL
Match #2 FRA 9 – 6HUN

Final Pool (27 July 1980)

Match 1-2 FRA 9 – 6URS
Match 3-4 HUN 9 – 7POL
Match 5-6 ITA 9 – 6CUB