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Épée, Individual, Men

Date 1 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants30 from 24 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The men’s épée likely had the most remarkable result of any of the 2012 Olympic fencing competitions, as none of the pre-contest favorites made it to the semi-finals. All of the semi-finalists were ranked outside of the top 10 in the FIE ranking, and none of the medallists had ever won a medal at the World Championships or Olympic Games before. In addition, both finalists won the first ever Olympic fencing medal for their country.

Eventual champion was Venezuela’s Rubén Limardo, winning only his country’s second ever Olympic title. En route to the final, he ousted the world number 5 (Max Heinzer) and the current World Champion (Paolo Pizzo). His semi-final opponent, Seth Kelsey had won World Championship medals with the US team, and had kicked out Nikolai Novosjolov, the number one seed. Limardo’s opponent in the final was Norway’s Bartosz Piasecki. The son of a Polish fencing coach, he had defeated two members of the 2011 French World Championship team - including a narrow 15-14 defeat of Yannick Borel - as well as veteran Géza Imre of Hungary.

The final saw Limardo gaining a clear 14-6 lead, before he almost succumbed to pressure, allowing Piasecki to comeback to 14-10, before finishing off the match. The bronze medal match gave more excitement: Jeong Jin-Seon defeated Kelsey only in over-time, after two double-hits (the fencers touching each other simultaneously).

112Rubén LimardoVENGold
223Bartosz PiaseckiNORSilver
314Jeong Jin-SeonKORBronze
417Seth KelseyUSA
=59Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN
=54Paolo PizzoITA
=522Jörg FiedlerGER
=518Yannick BorelFRA
=91Nikolai NovosjolovEST
=925Ruslan KudayevUZB
=95Max HeinzerSUI
=920Alexandre BouzaidSEN
=93Elmir AlimzhanovKAZ
=96Bas VerwijlenNED
=97Géza ImreHUN
=92Fabian KauterSUI
=1716Li GuojieCHN
=1724Dmitry AleksaninKAZ
=178Park Gyeong-DuKOR
=1728Paris InostrozaCHI
=1721Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY
=1713Radosław ZawrotniakPOL
=1729Leung Ka MingHKG
=1730Nguyễn Tiến NhậtVIE
=1719Pavel SukhovRUS
=1711Soren ThompsonUSA
=1727Athos SchwantesBRA
=1726Abdel-Karim El HaouariMAR
=1710Gauthier GrumierFRA
=1715Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR

Round One

Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #101 AugNikolai Novosjolov (1)ESTbye
Bout #201 Aug 9:30Seth Kelsey (17)USA8 – 7Li Guojie (16)CHN
Bout #301 Aug 10:00Silvio Fernández Briceño (9)VEN15 – 12Dmitry Aleksanin (24)KAZ
Bout #401 Aug 10:30Ruslan Kudayev (25)UZB15 – 9Park Gyeong-Du (8)KOR
Bout #501 Aug 9:00Max Heinzer (5)SUI15 – 2Paris Inostroza (28)CHI
Bout #601 Aug 9:30Rubén Limardo (12)VEN15 – 13Ayman Alaa El-Din (21)EGY
Bout #701 Aug 10:00Alexandre Bouzaid (20)SEN15 – 9Radosław Zawrotniak (13)POL
Bout #801 Aug 10:30Paolo Pizzo (4)ITA15 – 14Leung Ka Ming (29)HKG
Bout #901 Aug 9:00Elmir Alimzhanov (3)KAZ15 – 9Nguyễn Tiến Nhật (30)VIE
Bout #1001 Aug 9:30Jeong Jin-Seon (14)KOR15 – 11Pavel Sukhov (19)RUS
Bout #1101 Aug 10:00Jörg Fiedler (22)GER15 – 4Soren Thompson (11)USA
Bout #1201 Aug 10:30Bas Verwijlen (6)NED15 – 10Athos Schwantes (27)BRA
Bout #1301 Aug 9:00Géza Imre (7)HUN15 – 8Abdel-Karim El Haouari (26)MAR
Bout #1401 Aug 9:30Bartosz Piasecki (23)NOR14 – 13Gauthier Grumier (10)FRA
Bout #1501 Aug 10:00Yannick Borel (18)FRA15 – 10Dmytro Kariuchenko (15)UKR
Bout #1601 AugFabian Kauter (2)SUIbye

Round Two

Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #101 Aug 11:15Seth Kelsey (17)USA15 – 11Nikolai Novosjolov (1)EST
Bout #201 Aug 11:45Silvio Fernández Briceño (9)VEN15 – 3Ruslan Kudayev (25)UZB
Bout #301 Aug 11:15Rubén Limardo (12)VEN15 – 11Max Heinzer (5)SUI
Bout #401 Aug 11:45Paolo Pizzo (4)ITA15 – 11Alexandre Bouzaid (20)SEN
Bout #501 Aug 11:15Jeong Jin-Seon (14)KOR15 – 8Elmir Alimzhanov (3)KAZ
Bout #601 Aug 11:45Jörg Fiedler (22)GER15 – 8Bas Verwijlen (6)NED
Bout #701 Aug 11:15Bartosz Piasecki (23)NOR15 – 7Géza Imre (7)HUN
Bout #801 Aug 11:45Yannick Borel (18)FRA15 – 11Fabian Kauter (2)SUI


Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #101 Aug 12:30Seth Kelsey (17)USA15 – 9Silvio Fernández Briceño (9)VEN
Bout #201 Aug 12:30Rubén Limardo (12)VEN15 – 12Paolo Pizzo (4)ITA
Bout #301 Aug 12:30Jeong Jin-Seon (14)KOR15 – 11Jörg Fiedler (22)GER
Bout #401 Aug 12:30Bartosz Piasecki (23)NOR15 – 14Yannick Borel (18)FRA


Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #101 Aug 17:30Rubén Limardo (12)VEN6 – 5Seth Kelsey (17)USA
Bout #201 Aug 18:00Bartosz Piasecki (23)NOR15 – 13Jeong Jin-Seon (14)KOR

Final Round

Date1 August 2012
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/201 Aug 20:00Rubén Limardo (12)VEN15 – 10Bartosz Piasecki (23)NOR
Bout 3/401 Aug 19:10Jeong Jin-Seon (14)KOR12 – 11Seth Kelsey (17)USA