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Sabre, Team, Men

Date19 August 2004
LocationAithousa Ksifaskias, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon
Participants32 from 9 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The two matches at the semi-final stage were classic encounters. In the first semi Italy rallied to beat world champions Russia by 45-42 whilst the encounter between France and the USA was even more dramatic. With the scores level at 44 apiece Damien Touya of France and Keeth Smart of the US were left to contest the deciding hit. Both men lunged forward and scored simultaneous hits which meant that the contest was to continue. However, in the process of striking Touya, Smart’s blade pierced Touya’s right glove and went through into his hand. The Frenchman received medical treatment and, after a ten minute delay, resumed the bout. Twice more the men scored simultaneous hits until, at the fourth attempt, Touya struck the decisive score.

It looked possible that Damien Touya might be forced to miss the final as a result of his injury but he was able to join forces with his brother Gael and Julien Pillet to face the formidable Italian team which included individual champion [Aldo Montano] (/athletes/106021). Montano retained the sparkling form he had shown earlier in the Games but his teammates could not match him and it was left to Damien Touya to fight back against Luigi Tarantino to order to seal gold. The USA, after being denied a place in the final by the narrowest possible margin, fell to another heart breaking deciding hit defeat against Russia in the bronze medal match.

Julien PilletDamien TouyaGaël Touya
Aldo MontanoGiampiero PastoreLuigi Tarantino
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Sergey SharikovAleksey DyachenkoStanislav PozdnyakovAleksey Yakimenko
4United StatesUSA
Ivan LeeJason RogersKeeth Smart
Domonkos FerjancsikKende FodorBalázs LengyelZsolt Nemcsik
Volodymyr KaliuzhnyiVolodymyr LukashenkoOleh ShturbabinVladyslav Tretiak
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Chen FengHuang YaojiangWang JingzhiZhou Hanming
Marios BasmatzianJason DourakosDimitrios KostakosKostas Manetas
Reda Ben ChehimaRaouf Salim BernaouiNassim Islam Bernaoui

Round One

Date19 August 2004 — 10:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
Match #119 Aug 10:00GreeceGRE45 – 25AlgeriaALG


Date19 August 2004 — 11:15
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #119 Aug 11:15Russian FederationRUS45 – 22GreeceGRE
Match #219 Aug 11:15ItalyITA45 – 44UkraineUKR
Match #319 Aug 11:15United StatesUSA45 – 43HungaryHUN
Match #419 Aug 11:15FranceFRA45 – 35People's Republic of ChinaCHN


Date19 August 2004 — 12:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final.
Match #119 Aug 12:30ItalyITA45 – 42Russian FederationRUS
Match #219 Aug 12:30FranceFRA45 – 44United StatesUSA

Classification Round 5-8

Date19 August 2004 — 12:30
Match #119 Aug 12:30UkraineUKR45 – 39GreeceGRE
Match #219 Aug 12:30HungaryHUN45 – 40People's Republic of ChinaCHN

Final Round

Date19 August 2004 — 18:30
Match 1/219 Aug 19:40FranceFRA45 – 42ItalyITA
Match 3/419 Aug 18:30Russian FederationRUS45 – 44United StatesUSA
Match 5/619 Aug 13:40HungaryHUN45 – 40UkraineUKR
Match 7/819 Aug 13:40People's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 42GreeceGRE