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Sabre, Team, Men

Date19 August 2004
StatusOlympic
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.

PosNrFencersNOC
12FranceFRAGold
Julien PilletDamien TouyaGaël Touya
25ItalyITASilver
Aldo MontanoGiampiero PastoreLuigi Tarantino
31Russian FederationRUSBronze
Sergey SharikovAleksey DyachenkoStanislav PozdnyakovAleksey Yakimenko
46United StatesUSA
Ivan LeeJason RogersKeeth Smart
53HungaryHUN
Domonkos FerjancsikKende FodorBalázs LengyelZsolt Nemcsik
64UkraineUKR
Volodymyr KaliuzhnyiVolodymyr LukashenkoOleh ShturbabinVladyslav Tretiak
77People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Chen FengHuang YaojiangWang JingzhiZhou Hanming
88GreeceGRE
Marios BasmatzianJason DourakosDimitrios KostakosKostas Manetas
99AlgeriaALG
Reda Ben ChehimaRaouf Salim BernaouiNassim Islam Bernaoui

Round One (19 August 2004 — 10:00)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 GRE 45 – 25
Q
ALG

Quarter-Finals (19 August 2004 — 11:15)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 RUS 45 – 22
Q
GRE
Match #2 ITA 45 – 44
Q
UKR
Match #3 USA 45 – 43
Q
HUN
Match #4 FRA 45 – 35
Q
CHN

Semi-Finals (19 August 2004 — 12:30)

Winner of each match advanced to final.

Match #1 ITA 45 – 42
Q
RUS
Match #2 FRA 45 – 44
Q
USA

Classification Round 5-8 (19 August 2004 — 12:30)

Match #1 UKR 45 – 39GRE
Match #2 HUN 45 – 40CHN

Final Pool (19 August 2004 — 18:30)

Match 1/2 FRA 45 – 42ITA
Match 3/4 RUS 45 – 44USA
Match 5/6 HUN 45 – 40UKR
Match 7/8 CHN 45 – 42GRE