| Event type

Sabre, Individual, Men

Date29 July 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants37 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Between Beijing and London, Germany’s Nicolas Limbach had been the top sabre fencer in the world and had reached all three World Championships in this period. Unsurprisingly Limbach was the number one seed in London.

The opening rounds of competition passed off rather uneventfully but the round of 16 heralded the start of a massacre of the top seeded combatants. Recently crowned European champion Aleksey Yakimenko of Russia, #3 seed Gu Bon-Gil of Korea and former Olympic champions Aldo Montano and Zhong Man were all eliminated in quick succession. This left Limbach as an even clearer favourite for the Olympic title but his hopes only lasted as far as his next contest where he was upset by the third string Russian Nikolay Kovalyov.

The foil event in London saw the full emergence of Asia and Africa as new powers in the sport but sabre remained true to its European heartland and the final was played out between representatives of Hungary and Italy, traditionally two of the historic powerhouses of sabre fencing. Áron Szilágyi of Hungary and Italian Diego Occhiuzzi had been successful as individuals but their major championship medals had mostly been achieved in team events. At #6 and #14 in the rankings few would have predicted they would face other for the gold medal in London.

As a contest the Olympic final was over by the half way stage. The Hungarian showed a dazzling turn of speed to win 8 of the first 9 points and, try as he might; Occhiuzzi was unable to claw back the deficit. Szilágyi’s win was the 13th victory for Hungary in the event but the first since the Barcelona Games of 1992.

1Áron SzilágyiHUN6Gold
2Diego OcchiuzziITA14Silver
3Nikolay KovalyovRUS9Bronze
4Rareș DumitrescuROU8
5Nicolas LimbachGER1
6Daryl HomerUSA18
7Max HartungGER24
8Tim MorehouseUSA38
9Aleksey YakimenkoRUS2
10Gu Bon-GilKOR3
11Aldo MontanoITA4
12Won U-YeongKOR7
13Dzmitry LapkesBLR13
14Benedikt WagnerGER16
15Zhong ManCHN25
16Aliaksandr BuikevichBLR31
17Veniamin ReshetnikovRUS5
18Boladé ApithyFRA10
19Kim Jeong-HwanKOR11
20Luigi TarantinoITA15
21Tiberiu DolniceanuROU18
22Renzo AgrestaBRA19
23Liu XiaoCHN22
24Philippe BeaudryCAN27
25James WilliamsUSA33
26Dmytro BoikoUKR36
27Wang JingzhiCHN37
28Valery PryiemkaBLR41
29Florin ZalomirROU42
30Adam SkrodzkiPOL43
31Hernán JansenVEN71
32Yu Peng KeanMAS199
33Mannad GhaziEGY39
34Hichem SamandiTUN49
35Lam Hin ChungHKG64
36James HoneyboneGBR93
37Mojtaba AbediniIRI112

Round One (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Bout #1 Nicolas LimbachGER bye
Bout #2 Adam SkrodzkiPOL 15 – 10Lam Hin ChungHKG
Bout #3 Renzo AgrestaBRA bye
Bout #4 Benedikt WagnerGER bye
Bout #5 Nikolay KovalyovRUS bye
Bout #6 James WilliamsUSA bye
Bout #7 Wang JingzhiCHN bye
Bout #8 Won U-YeongKOR bye
Bout #9 Áron SzilágyiHUN bye
Bout #10 Yu Peng KeanMAS 15 – 12Mannad GhaziEGY
Bout #11 Zhong ManCHN bye
Bout #12 Kim Jeong-HwanKOR bye
Bout #13 Luigi TarantinoITA bye
Bout #14 Max HartungGER bye
Bout #15 Florin ZalomirROU 15 – 7Mojtaba AbediniIRI
Bout #16 Gu Bon-GilKOR bye
Bout #17 Aldo MontanoITA bye
Bout #18 Valery PryiemkaBLR 15 – 9James HoneyboneGBR
Bout #19 Liu XiaoCHN bye
Bout #20 Diego OcchiuzziITA bye
Bout #21 Dzmitry LapkesBLR bye
Bout #22 Philippe BeaudryCAN bye
Bout #23 Tim MorehouseUSA bye
Bout #24 Veniamin ReshetnikovRUS bye
Bout #25 Rareș DumitrescuROU bye
Bout #26 Dmytro BoikoUKR bye
Bout #27 Aliaksandr BuikevichBLR bye
Bout #28 Boladé ApithyFRA bye
Bout #29 Tiberiu DolniceanuROU bye
Bout #30 Daryl HomerUSA bye
Bout #31 Hernán JansenVEN 15 – 13Hichem SamandiTUN
Bout #32 Aleksey YakimenkoRUS bye

Round Two (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Bout #1 Nicolas LimbachGER 15 – 8Adam SkrodzkiPOL
Bout #2 Benedikt WagnerGER 15 – 6Renzo AgrestaBRA
Bout #3 Nikolay KovalyovRUS 15 – 12James WilliamsUSA
Bout #4 Won U-YeongKOR 15 – 6Wang JingzhiCHN
Bout #5 Áron SzilágyiHUN 15 – 1Yu Peng KeanMAS
Bout #6 Zhong ManCHN 15 – 14Kim Jeong-HwanKOR
Bout #7 Max HartungGER 15 – 14Luigi TarantinoITA
Bout #8 Gu Bon-GilKOR 15 – 12Florin ZalomirROU
Bout #9 Aldo MontanoITA 15 – 9Valery PryiemkaBLR
Bout #10 Diego OcchiuzziITA 15 – 9Liu XiaoCHN
Bout #11 Dzmitry LapkesBLR 15 – 10Philippe BeaudryCAN
Bout #12 Tim MorehouseUSA 15 – 6Veniamin ReshetnikovRUS
Bout #13 Rareș DumitrescuROU 15 – 12Dmytro BoikoUKR
Bout #14 Aliaksandr BuikevichBLR 15 – 11Boladé ApithyFRA
Bout #15 Daryl HomerUSA 15 – 11Tiberiu DolniceanuROU
Bout #16 Aleksey YakimenkoRUS 15 – 4Hernán JansenVEN

Round Three (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Bout #1 Nicolas LimbachGER 15 – 7Benedikt WagnerGER
Bout #2 Nikolay KovalyovRUS 15 – 11Won U-YeongKOR
Bout #3 Áron SzilágyiHUN 15 – 10Zhong ManCHN
Bout #4 Max HartungGER 15 – 14Gu Bon-GilKOR
Bout #5 Diego OcchiuzziITA 15 – 13Aldo MontanoITA
Bout #6 Tim MorehouseUSA 15 – 13Dzmitry LapkesBLR
Bout #7 Rareș DumitrescuROU 15 – 6Aliaksandr BuikevichBLR
Bout #8 Daryl HomerUSA 15 – 14Aleksey YakimenkoRUS

Quarter-Finals (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Bout #1 Nikolay KovalyovRUS 15 – 12Nicolas LimbachGER
Bout #2 Áron SzilágyiHUN 15 – 13Max HartungGER
Bout #3 Diego OcchiuzziITA 15 – 9Tim MorehouseUSA
Bout #4 Rareș DumitrescuROU 15 – 13Daryl HomerUSA

Semi-Finals (29 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Bout #1 Áron SzilágyiHUN 15 – 7Nikolay KovalyovRUS
Bout #2 Diego OcchiuzziITA 15 – 11Rareș DumitrescuROU

Final Round (29 July 2012)

Bout 1/2 Áron SzilágyiHUN 15 – 8Diego OcchiuzziITA
Bout 3/4 Nikolay KovalyovRUS 15 – 10Rareș DumitrescuROU