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Sabre, Team, Men

Date28 – 29 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationPen-sing Gyeong-ji-jang, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants53 from 11 countries

After missing the Los Angeles Olympics, the Soviet Union had returned to completely dominate the event and win all three World Championship in the years leading up to the Games of Seoul. The Soviets easily reached the final where they would meet Hungary. Hungary had beaten Poland on a tie breaker in the quarter-final before upsetting Italy in the semi-final. Things looked bleak for the Hungarians when they trailed 7-3 to the USSR but they rebounded to draw level at 7-7 and shared the final bouts to tie 8-8. Since Hungary had recorded 3 more hits over the 16 bouts they were awarded the Olympic title for the first time since their run of 7 Olympic titles was ended in 1964. The bronze medal duel between Italy and France was suspended when the French team walked off in protest at the refereeing of the match. After a half hour the French were convinced to resume and rallied to force an 8-8 tie but Italy recorded a single hit more than their opponents and won by 64-63 on the tiebreaker.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1HungaryHUNGold
György NébaldBence SzabóImre BujdosóImre GedőváriLászló Csongrádi
2Soviet UnionURSSilver
Sergey MindirgasovMikhail BurtsevGeorgy PogosovAndrey AlshanSergey Koryazhkin
3ItalyITABronze
Giovanni ScalzoMarco MarinGianfranco Dalla BarbaFerdinando MeglioMassimo Cavaliere
4FranceFRA
Philippe DelrieuFranck DucheixPierre GuichotJean-François LamourHervé Granger-Veyron (DNS)
5PolandPOL
Marek GniewkowskiRobert KościelniakowskiAndrzej KostrzewaJanusz OlechTadeusz Piguła
6West GermanyFRG
Felix BeckerJörg KempenichJürgen NolteDieter SchneiderStephan Thönnessen
7United StatesUSA
Bob CottinghamPaul FriedbergMike LoftonSteve MormandoPeter Westbrook
8BulgariaBUL
Hristo EtropolskiVasil EtropolskiNikolay MarincheshkiNikolay MateevGeorgi Chomakov
9CanadaCAN
Wulfe BalkJean-Marie BanosJean-Paul BanosBruno DeschênesTony Plourde
10People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Jia GuihuaWang RuijiWang ZhimingZheng Zhaokang
11Republic of KoreaKOR
Kim Sang-UkLee Byeong-NamLee Hyo-GeunLee Hyeon-SuLee Uk-Jae

Round 1 (28 September 1988 — 8:30)

Teams ranked 1-2, based on percentage of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to semi-finals. Teams ranked 3-6, based on percentage of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to quarter-finals.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1HungaryHUN20186q
György NébaldBence SzabóImre BujdosóImre Gedővári
2FranceFRA111312q
Philippe DelrieuFranck DucheixPierre GuichotJean-François Lamour
3BulgariaBUL02518
Hristo EtropolskiVasil EtropolskiNikolay MarincheshkiNikolay MateevGeorgi Chomakov

Pool 1 HUN 9 – 4FRA
Pool 1 HUN 9 – 2BUL
Pool 1 FRA 9 – 3BUL

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1ItalyITA302711Q
Giovanni ScalzoMarco MarinGianfranco Dalla BarbaFerdinando MeglioMassimo Cavaliere
2West GermanyFRG212313q
Felix BeckerJörg KempenichJürgen NolteDieter SchneiderStephan Thönnessen
3United StatesUSA121623
Bob CottinghamPaul FriedbergMike LoftonSteve MormandoPeter Westbrook
4Republic of KoreaKOR03827
Kim Sang-UkLee Byeong-NamLee Hyo-GeunLee Hyeon-SuLee Uk-Jae

Pool 2 ITA 9 – 5FRG
Pool 2 ITA 9 – 4USA
Pool 2 ITA 9 – 2KOR
Pool 2 FRG 9 – 3USA
Pool 2 FRG 9 – 1KOR
Pool 2 USA 9 – 5KOR

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Soviet UnionURS30279Q
Sergey MindirgasovMikhail BurtsevGeorgy PogosovAndrey AlshanSergey Koryazhkin
2PolandPOL212513q
Marek GniewkowskiRobert KościelniakowskiAndrzej KostrzewaJanusz OlechTadeusz Piguła
3CanadaCAN121325
Wulfe BalkJean-Marie BanosJean-Paul BanosBruno DeschênesTony Plourde
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN03927
Jia GuihuaWang RuijiWang ZhimingZheng Zhaokang

Pool 3 URS 9 – 7POL
Pool 3 URS 9 – 1CAN
Pool 3 URS 9 – 1CHN
Pool 3 POL 9 – 3CAN
Pool 3 POL 9 – 1CHN
Pool 3 CAN 9 – 7CHN

Quarter-Finals (29 September 1988)

Match #1 1URS bye
Match #2 2ITA bye
Match #3 HUN 8 – 8POL
Match #4 FRA 9 – 5FRG

Semi-Finals (29 September 1988)

Match #1 HUN 9 – 5ITA
Match #2 URS 9 – 7FRA

Final Pool (29 September 1988 — 9:00)

Single-elimination tournament.

Match 1-2 HUN 8 – 8URS
Match 3-4 ITA 8 – 8FRA
Match 5-6 POL 9 – 4FRG