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Épée, Individual, Men

Date20 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants45 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

According to the seeding, Aleksandr Beketov was expected to exit the competition at the first hurdle. The Russian upset predictions to reach the final by putting out reigning Olympic Champion Eric Srecki and two other Olympic medallists Jean-Michel Henry and Iván Kovács on his way. Kovács was a little unlucky in that he slipped and injured an ankle during their bout. The other half of the draw was also prone to upsets and the man who survived to face Beketov was another outsider in the shape of Cuba’s Iván Trevejo.

The final was desperately close with the scores tied on no less than nine occasions. With the scores at 14-14 a lunge from Beketov pushed through the Cuban’s defences and saw him crowned Olympic champion. In an all-Hungarian bronze medal match Géza Imre defeated a still limping Iván Kovács.

PosSeedCompetitorNOC
118Aleksandr BeketovRUSGold
220Iván TrevejoCUBSilver
325Géza ImreHUNBronze
43Iván KovácsHUN
51Sandro CuomoITA
67Jean-Michel HenryFRA
712Kaido KaabermaEST
822Marius StrzalkaGER
92Éric SreckiFRA
104Arnd SchmittGER
116Angelo MazzoniITA
125Robert LerouxFRA
1310Mauricio RivasCOL
1414Pavel KolobkovRUS
1517Andrus KajakEST
1624Elmar BorrmannGER
178Péter VánkySWE
189Maurizio RandazzoITA
1911Jean-Marc ChouinardCAN
2013Danek NowosielskiCAN
2115Nic BürginSUI
2216Krisztián KulcsárHUN
2319Yang Noe-SeongKOR
2421Zhao GangCHN
2523Jim CarpenterUSA
2627Vitali ZakharauBLR
2729Jang Tae-SeokKOR
2830Mike MarxUSA
2934César GonzálezESP
3033Valery ZakharevichRUS
3137Tamir BloomUSA
3239Gheorghe EpurescuROU
3326Óscar FernándezESP
3428Olivier JacquetSUI
3531Meelis LoitEST
3632Fernando de la PeñaESP
3736Roman JečmínekCZE
3835James RansomCAN
3938Nuno FrazãoPOR
4040Paris InostrozaCHI
4142Juan Miguel PazCOL
4241Lee Sang-GiKOR
4343Gabriel PantelimonROU
4444Iliya MechkovBUL
4545Aurel BratuROU

Round One

Date20 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #120 JulSandro Cuomo (1)ITAbye
Bout #220 JulValery Zakharevich (33)RUS15 – 8Fernando de la Peña (32)ESP
Bout #320 JulAndrus Kajak (17)ESTbye
Bout #420 JulKrisztián Kulcsár (16)HUNbye
Bout #520 JulMaurizio Randazzo (9)ITAbye
Bout #620 JulElmar Borrmann (24)GER15 – 14Lee Sang-Gi (41)KOR
Bout #720 JulGéza Imre (25)HUN15 – 12Paris Inostroza (40)CHI
Bout #820 JulPéter Vánky (8)SWEbye
Bout #920 JulRobert Leroux (5)FRAbye
Bout #1020 JulTamir Bloom (37)USA15 – 13Olivier Jacquet (28)SUI
Bout #1120 JulZhao Gang (21)CHN15 – 12Iliya Mechkov (44)BUL
Bout #1220 JulKaido Kaaberma (12)ESTbye
Bout #1320 JulDanek Nowosielski (13)CANbye
Bout #1420 JulIván Trevejo (20)CUB15 – 10Aurel Bratu (45)ROU
Bout #1520 JulJang Tae-Seok (29)KOR15 – 13Roman Ječmínek (36)CZE
Bout #1620 JulArnd Schmitt (4)GERbye
Bout #1720 JulIván Kovács (3)HUNbye
Bout #1820 JulMike Marx (30)USA15 – 9James Ransom (35)CAN
Bout #1920 JulYang Noe-Seong (19)KORbye
Bout #2020 JulPavel Kolobkov (14)RUSbye
Bout #2120 JulJean-Marc Chouinard (11)CANbye
Bout #2220 JulMarius Strzalka (22)GER15 – 12Gabriel Pantelimon (43)ROU
Bout #2320 JulVitali Zakharau (27)BLR15 – 11Nuno Frazão (38)POR
Bout #2420 JulAngelo Mazzoni (6)ITAbye
Bout #2520 JulJean-Michel Henry (7)FRAbye
Bout #2620 JulGheorghe Epurescu (39)ROU15 – 10Óscar Fernández (26)ESP
Bout #2720 JulJim Carpenter (23)USA15 – 11Juan Miguel Paz (42)COL
Bout #2820 JulMauricio Rivas (10)COLbye
Bout #2920 JulNic Bürgin (15)SUIbye
Bout #3020 JulAleksandr Beketov (18)RUSbye
Bout #3120 JulCésar González (34)ESP15 – 14Meelis Loit (31)EST
Bout #3220 JulÉric Srecki (2)FRAbye

Round Two

Date20 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #120 JulSandro Cuomo (1)ITA15 – 14Valery Zakharevich (33)RUS
Bout #220 JulAndrus Kajak (17)EST15 – 14Krisztián Kulcsár (16)HUN
Bout #320 JulElmar Borrmann (24)GER15 – 14Maurizio Randazzo (9)ITA
Bout #420 JulGéza Imre (25)HUN15 – 14Péter Vánky (8)SWE
Bout #520 JulRobert Leroux (5)FRA15 – 9Tamir Bloom (37)USA
Bout #620 JulKaido Kaaberma (12)EST15 – 6Zhao Gang (21)CHN
Bout #720 JulIván Trevejo (20)CUB15 – 14Danek Nowosielski (13)CAN
Bout #820 JulArnd Schmitt (4)GER15 – 13Jang Tae-Seok (29)KOR
Bout #920 JulIván Kovács (3)HUN15 – 6Mike Marx (30)USA
Bout #1020 JulPavel Kolobkov (14)RUS15 – 14Yang Noe-Seong (19)KOR
Bout #1120 JulMarius Strzalka (22)GER15 – 12Jean-Marc Chouinard (11)CAN
Bout #1220 JulAngelo Mazzoni (6)ITA15 – 11Vitali Zakharau (27)BLR
Bout #1320 JulJean-Michel Henry (7)FRA15 – 9Gheorghe Epurescu (39)ROU
Bout #1420 JulMauricio Rivas (10)COL15 – 9Jim Carpenter (23)USA
Bout #1520 JulAleksandr Beketov (18)RUS15 – 12Nic Bürgin (15)SUI
Bout #1620 JulÉric Srecki (2)FRA15 – 11César González (34)ESP

Round Three

Date20 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #120 JulSandro Cuomo (1)ITA15 – 14Andrus Kajak (17)EST
Bout #220 JulGéza Imre (25)HUN15 – 14Elmar Borrmann (24)GER
Bout #320 JulKaido Kaaberma (12)EST15 – 14Robert Leroux (5)FRA
Bout #420 JulIván Trevejo (20)CUB15 – 8Arnd Schmitt (4)GER
Bout #520 JulIván Kovács (3)HUN15 – 11Pavel Kolobkov (14)RUS
Bout #620 JulMarius Strzalka (22)GER15 – 13Angelo Mazzoni (6)ITA
Bout #720 JulJean-Michel Henry (7)FRA15 – 11Mauricio Rivas (10)COL
Bout #820 JulAleksandr Beketov (18)RUS15 – 10Éric Srecki (2)FRA

Quarter-Finals

Date20 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #120 JulGéza Imre (25)HUN15 – 14Sandro Cuomo (1)ITA
Bout #220 JulIván Trevejo (20)CUB15 – 14Kaido Kaaberma (12)EST
Bout #320 JulIván Kovács (3)HUN15 – 13Marius Strzalka (22)GER
Bout #420 JulAleksandr Beketov (18)RUS15 – 13Jean-Michel Henry (7)FRA

Semi-Finals

Date20 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #120 JulIván Trevejo (20)CUB15 – 10Géza Imre (25)HUN
Bout #220 JulAleksandr Beketov (18)RUS15 – 8Iván Kovács (3)HUN

Final Round

Date20 July 1996
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/220 JulAleksandr Beketov (18)RUS15 – 14Iván Trevejo (20)CUB
Bout 3/420 JulGéza Imre (25)HUN15 – 9Iván Kovács (3)HUN