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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.

PosNrFencerNOCSeed
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 (22 July 1996)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Bout #1 1Rolando TuckerCUB bye
Bout #2 Wang HaibinCHN 15 – 12Peter DevineUSA
Bout #3 2Márk MarsiHUN bye
Bout #4 3Zsolt ÉrsekHUN bye
Bout #5 4Wolfgang WienandGER bye
Bout #6 Leandro MarchettiARG 15 – 13Marco FalchettoAUT
Bout #7 Piotr KiełpikowskiPOL 15 – 13Hiroki IchigataniJPN
Bout #8 5Stefano CerioniITA bye
Bout #9 6Lionel PlumenailFRA bye
Bout #10 Michael LudwigAUT 15 – 11Carlos RodríguezVEN
Bout #11 Vladislav PavlovichRUS 15 – 2Alfredo PérezVEN
Bout #12 7José Francisco GuerraESP bye
Bout #13 8Alexander KochGER bye
Bout #14 Ye ChongCHN 15 – 4Rafkat RuziyevUZB
Bout #15 Kim Yeong-HoKOR 15 – 11Róbert KissHUN
Bout #16 9Serhiy HolubytskyiUKR bye
Bout #17 10Elvis GregoryCUB bye
Bout #18 Adam KrzesińskiPOL 15 – 14Nick BravinUSA
Bout #19 11Vyacheslav GrigoryevKAZ bye
Bout #20 12Philippe OmnèsFRA bye
Bout #21 13Óscar GarcíaCUB bye
Bout #22 Javier GarcíaESP 15 – 10Rafael SuárezVEN
Bout #23 Jeong Su-GiKOR 15 – 8Ilgar MamedovRUS
Bout #24 14Franck BoidinFRA bye
Bout #25 15Alessandro PucciniITA bye
Bout #26 Oleksiy BryzhalovUKR 15 – 11Cliff BayerUSA
Bout #27 Ryszard SobczakPOL 15 – 7Abdul Muhsen AliKUW
Bout #28 16Marco ArpinoITA bye
Bout #29 17Uwe RömerGER bye
Bout #30 18Benny WendtAUT bye
Bout #31 Kim Yeong-HoKOR 15 – 12Dong ZhaozhiCHN
Bout #32 19Dmitry ShevchenkoRUS bye

Round Two (22 July 1996)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Bout #1 Rolando TuckerCUB 15 – 11Wang HaibinCHN
Bout #2 Zsolt ÉrsekHUN 15 – 10Márk MarsiHUN
Bout #3 Wolfgang WienandGER 15 – 1Leandro MarchettiARG
Bout #4 Piotr KiełpikowskiPOL 15 – 7Stefano CerioniITA
Bout #5 Lionel PlumenailFRA 15 – 12Michael LudwigAUT
Bout #6 Vladislav PavlovichRUS 15 – 11José Francisco GuerraESP
Bout #7 Ye ChongCHN 15 – 13Alexander KochGER
Bout #8 Serhiy HolubytskyiUKR 15 – 4Kim Yeong-HoKOR
Bout #9 Elvis GregoryCUB 15 – 10Adam KrzesińskiPOL
Bout #10 Philippe OmnèsFRA 15 – 4Vyacheslav GrigoryevKAZ
Bout #11 Javier GarcíaESP 15 – 11Óscar GarcíaCUB
Bout #12 Franck BoidinFRA 15 – 14Jeong Su-GiKOR
Bout #13 Alessandro PucciniITA 15 – 12Oleksiy BryzhalovUKR
Bout #14 Ryszard SobczakPOL 15 – 14Marco ArpinoITA
Bout #15 Uwe RömerGER 15 – 7Benny WendtAUT
Bout #16 Kim Yeong-HoKOR 15 – 13Dmitry ShevchenkoRUS

Round Three (22 July 1996)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Bout #1 Rolando TuckerCUB 15 – 4Zsolt ÉrsekHUN
Bout #2 Wolfgang WienandGER 15 – 11Piotr KiełpikowskiPOL
Bout #3 Lionel PlumenailFRA 15 – 12Vladislav PavlovichRUS
Bout #4 Serhiy HolubytskyiUKR 15 – 14Ye ChongCHN
Bout #5 Philippe OmnèsFRA 15 – 14Elvis GregoryCUB
Bout #6 Franck BoidinFRA 15 – 12Javier GarcíaESP
Bout #7 Alessandro PucciniITA 15 – 4Ryszard SobczakPOL
Bout #8 Kim Yeong-HoKOR 15 – 13Uwe RömerGER

Quarter-Finals (22 July 1996)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Bout #1 Wolfgang WienandGER 15 – 12Rolando TuckerCUB
Bout #2 Lionel PlumenailFRA 15 – 13Serhiy HolubytskyiUKR
Bout #3 Franck BoidinFRA 15 – 11Philippe OmnèsFRA
Bout #4 Alessandro PucciniITA 15 – 14Kim Yeong-HoKOR

Semi-Finals (22 July 1996)

Winner of each match advanced to final.

Bout #1 Lionel PlumenailFRA 15 – 9Wolfgang WienandGER
Bout #2 Alessandro PucciniITA 15 – 13Franck BoidinFRA

Final Pool (22 July 1996)

Bout 1/2 Alessandro PucciniITA 15 – 12Lionel PlumenailFRA
Bout 3/4 Franck BoidinFRA 15 – 11Wolfgang WienandGER