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Foil, Individual, Men

Date22 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants45 from 19 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The foil competition in Atlanta was a wild ride. Both the 1993 and 1995 World Champions fell at their first hurdle. Alexander Koch of Germany was eliminated by Ye Chong of China whilst reigning World Champion Dmitry Shevchenko of Russia was the victim of an enormous upset at the hands of the unheralded Korean Kim Yeong-Ho. The drama continued in the round of 16 where a bout between reigning Olympic champion Philippe Omnès and Cuban Elvis Gregory dissolved into acrimony. With the scores level at 14-14 Omnès was alleged to have insulted his opponent. After the Frenchman sealed victory the two men, their teammates and entourages became involved in an altercation that was eventually separated by security personnel. Omnès was eliminated by a teammate in the next round.

The two men who survived the carnage to reach the final were Italy’s Alessandro Puccini, whose successes had mostly been in team competitions, and Frenchman Lionel Plumenail. Puccini won by a score of 15-12 to record what would be the only major individual win of his career. France claimed another medal when Franck Boidin won the bronze medal.

PosSeedCompetitorNOC
17Alessandro PucciniITAGold
25Lionel PlumenailFRASilver
36Franck BoidinFRABronze
49Wolfgang WienandGER
51Rolando TuckerCUB
64Serhiy HolubytskyiUKR
714Philippe OmnèsFRA
831Kim Yeong-HoKOR
93Elvis GregoryCUB
1016Zsolt ÉrsekHUN
1115Uwe RömerGER
1220Ye ChongCHN
1322Javier GarcíaESP
1421Vladislav PavlovichRUS
1523Ryszard SobczakPOL
1625Piotr KiełpikowskiPOL
172Dmitry ShevchenkoRUS
188Stefano CerioniITA
1910Marco ArpinoITA
2011Óscar GarcíaCUB
2112José Francisco GuerraESP
2213Alexander KochGER
2318Benny WendtAUT
2417Márk MarsiHUN
2519Vyacheslav GrigoryevKAZ
2628Michael LudwigAUT
2730Adam KrzesińskiPOL
2833Wang HaibinCHN
2936Kim Yong-GukKOR
3038Jeong Su-GiKOR
3139Oleksiy BryzhalovUKR
3241Leandro MarchettiARG
3324Marco FalchettoAUT
3426Cliff BayerUSA
3527Ilgar MamedovRUS
3629Róbert KissHUN
3732Peter DevineUSA
3834Dong ZhaozhiCHN
3935Nick BravinUSA
4037Carlos RodríguezVEN
4140Hiroki IchigataniJPN
=4242Abdul Muhsen AliKUW
=4243Rafael SuárezVEN
=4245Rafkat RuziyevUZB
=4244Alfredo PérezVEN

Round One

Date22 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #122 JulRolando Tucker (1)CUBbye
Bout #222 JulWang Haibin (33)CHN15 – 12Peter Devine (32)USA
Bout #322 JulMárk Marsi (17)HUNbye
Bout #422 JulZsolt Érsek (16)HUNbye
Bout #522 JulWolfgang Wienand (9)GERbye
Bout #622 JulLeandro Marchetti (41)ARG15 – 13Marco Falchetto (24)AUT
Bout #722 JulPiotr Kiełpikowski (25)POL15 – 13Hiroki Ichigatani (40)JPN
Bout #822 JulStefano Cerioni (8)ITAbye
Bout #922 JulLionel Plumenail (5)FRAbye
Bout #1022 JulMichael Ludwig (28)AUT15 – 11Carlos Rodríguez (37)VEN
Bout #1122 JulVladislav Pavlovich (21)RUS15 – 2Alfredo Pérez (44)VEN
Bout #1222 JulJosé Francisco Guerra (12)ESPbye
Bout #1322 JulAlexander Koch (13)GERbye
Bout #1422 JulYe Chong (20)CHN15 – 4Rafkat Ruziyev (45)UZB
Bout #1522 JulKim Yeong-Ho (31)KOR15 – 11Róbert Kiss (29)HUN
Bout #1622 JulSerhiy Holubytskyi (4)UKRbye
Bout #1722 JulElvis Gregory (3)CUBbye
Bout #1822 JulAdam Krzesiński (30)POL15 – 14Nick Bravin (35)USA
Bout #1922 JulVyacheslav Grigoryev (19)KAZbye
Bout #2022 JulPhilippe Omnès (14)FRAbye
Bout #2122 JulÓscar García (11)CUBbye
Bout #2222 JulJavier García (22)ESP15 – 10Rafael Suárez (43)VEN
Bout #2322 JulJeong Su-Gi (38)KOR15 – 8Ilgar Mamedov (27)RUS
Bout #2422 JulFranck Boidin (6)FRAbye
Bout #2522 JulAlessandro Puccini (7)ITAbye
Bout #2622 JulOleksiy Bryzhalov (39)UKR15 – 11Cliff Bayer (26)USA
Bout #2722 JulRyszard Sobczak (23)POL15 – 7Abdul Muhsen Ali (42)KUW
Bout #2822 JulMarco Arpino (10)ITAbye
Bout #2922 JulUwe Römer (15)GERbye
Bout #3022 JulBenny Wendt (18)AUTbye
Bout #3122 JulKim Yeong-Ho (31)KOR15 – 12Dong Zhaozhi (34)CHN
Bout #3222 JulDmitry Shevchenko (2)RUSbye

Round Two

Date22 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #122 JulRolando Tucker (1)CUB15 – 11Wang Haibin (33)CHN
Bout #222 JulZsolt Érsek (16)HUN15 – 10Márk Marsi (17)HUN
Bout #322 JulWolfgang Wienand (9)GER15 – 1Leandro Marchetti (41)ARG
Bout #422 JulPiotr Kiełpikowski (25)POL15 – 7Stefano Cerioni (8)ITA
Bout #522 JulLionel Plumenail (5)FRA15 – 12Michael Ludwig (28)AUT
Bout #622 JulVladislav Pavlovich (21)RUS15 – 11José Francisco Guerra (12)ESP
Bout #722 JulYe Chong (20)CHN15 – 13Alexander Koch (13)GER
Bout #822 JulSerhiy Holubytskyi (4)UKR15 – 4Kim Yeong-Ho (31)KOR
Bout #922 JulElvis Gregory (3)CUB15 – 10Adam Krzesiński (30)POL
Bout #1022 JulPhilippe Omnès (14)FRA15 – 4Vyacheslav Grigoryev (19)KAZ
Bout #1122 JulJavier García (22)ESP15 – 11Óscar García (11)CUB
Bout #1222 JulFranck Boidin (6)FRA15 – 14Jeong Su-Gi (38)KOR
Bout #1322 JulAlessandro Puccini (7)ITA15 – 12Oleksiy Bryzhalov (39)UKR
Bout #1422 JulRyszard Sobczak (23)POL15 – 14Marco Arpino (10)ITA
Bout #1522 JulUwe Römer (15)GER15 – 7Benny Wendt (18)AUT
Bout #1622 JulKim Yeong-Ho (31)KOR15 – 13Dmitry Shevchenko (2)RUS

Round Three

Date22 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #122 JulRolando Tucker (1)CUB15 – 4Zsolt Érsek (16)HUN
Bout #222 JulWolfgang Wienand (9)GER15 – 11Piotr Kiełpikowski (25)POL
Bout #322 JulLionel Plumenail (5)FRA15 – 12Vladislav Pavlovich (21)RUS
Bout #422 JulSerhiy Holubytskyi (4)UKR15 – 14Ye Chong (20)CHN
Bout #522 JulPhilippe Omnès (14)FRA15 – 14Elvis Gregory (3)CUB
Bout #622 JulFranck Boidin (6)FRA15 – 12Javier García (22)ESP
Bout #722 JulAlessandro Puccini (7)ITA15 – 4Ryszard Sobczak (23)POL
Bout #822 JulKim Yeong-Ho (31)KOR15 – 13Uwe Römer (15)GER

Quarter-Finals

Date22 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #122 JulWolfgang Wienand (9)GER15 – 12Rolando Tucker (1)CUB
Bout #222 JulLionel Plumenail (5)FRA15 – 13Serhiy Holubytskyi (4)UKR
Bout #322 JulFranck Boidin (6)FRA15 – 11Philippe Omnès (14)FRA
Bout #422 JulAlessandro Puccini (7)ITA15 – 14Kim Yeong-Ho (31)KOR

Semi-Finals

Date22 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #122 JulLionel Plumenail (5)FRA15 – 9Wolfgang Wienand (9)GER
Bout #222 JulAlessandro Puccini (7)ITA15 – 13Franck Boidin (6)FRA

Final Round

Date22 July 1996
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/222 JulAlessandro Puccini (7)ITA15 – 12Lionel Plumenail (5)FRA
Bout 3/422 JulFranck Boidin (6)FRA15 – 11Wolfgang Wienand (9)GER