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Épée, Individual, Men

Date 1 August 2012
LocationNorth Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, 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).

1Rubén LimardoVEN13Gold
2Bartosz PiaseckiNOR47Silver
3Jeong Jin-SeonKOR15Bronze
4Seth KelseyUSA20
5Paolo PizzoITA3
6Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN11
7Yannick BorelFRA21
8Jörg FiedlerGER26
9Nikolai NovosjolovEST1
10Fabian KauterSUI2
11Elmir AlimzhanovKAZ4
12Max HeinzerSUI5
13Bas VerwijlenNED6
14Géza ImreHUN9
15Alexandre BouzaidSEN22
16Ruslan KudayevUZB55
17Park Gyeong-DuKOR7
18Gauthier GrumierFRA12
19Soren ThompsonUSA14
20Radosław ZawrotniakPOL16
21Li GuojieCHN18
22Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR19
23Pavel SukhovRUS24
24Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY25
25Dmitry AleksaninKAZ28
26Abdel-Karim El HaouariMAR68
27Paris InostrozaCHI69
28Athos SchwantesBRA78
29Nguyễn Tiến NhậtVIE230
30Leung Ka MingHKG281

Round One (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Bout #1 Nikolai NovosjolovEST bye
Bout #2 Seth KelseyUSA 8 – 7Li GuojieCHN
Bout #3 Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN 15 – 12Dmitry AleksaninKAZ
Bout #4 Ruslan KudayevUZB 15 – 9Park Gyeong-DuKOR
Bout #5 Max HeinzerSUI 15 – 2Paris InostrozaCHI
Bout #6 Rubén LimardoVEN 15 – 13Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY
Bout #7 Alexandre BouzaidSEN 15 – 9Radosław ZawrotniakPOL
Bout #8 Paolo PizzoITA 15 – 14Leung Ka MingHKG
Bout #9 Elmir AlimzhanovKAZ 15 – 9Nguyễn Tiến NhậtVIE
Bout #10 Jeong Jin-SeonKOR 15 – 11Pavel SukhovRUS
Bout #11 Jörg FiedlerGER 15 – 4Soren ThompsonUSA
Bout #12 Bas VerwijlenNED 15 – 10Athos SchwantesBRA
Bout #13 Géza ImreHUN 15 – 8Abdel-Karim El HaouariMAR
Bout #14 Bartosz PiaseckiNOR 14 – 13Gauthier GrumierFRA
Bout #15 Yannick BorelFRA 15 – 10Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR
Bout #16 Fabian KauterSUI bye

Round Two (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Bout #1 Seth KelseyUSA 15 – 11Nikolai NovosjolovEST
Bout #2 Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN 15 – 3Ruslan KudayevUZB
Bout #3 Rubén LimardoVEN 15 – 11Max HeinzerSUI
Bout #4 Paolo PizzoITA 15 – 11Alexandre BouzaidSEN
Bout #5 Jeong Jin-SeonKOR 15 – 8Elmir AlimzhanovKAZ
Bout #6 Jörg FiedlerGER 15 – 8Bas VerwijlenNED
Bout #7 Bartosz PiaseckiNOR 15 – 7Géza ImreHUN
Bout #8 Yannick BorelFRA 15 – 11Fabian KauterSUI

Quarter-Finals (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Bout #1 Seth KelseyUSA 15 – 9Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN
Bout #2 Rubén LimardoVEN 15 – 12Paolo PizzoITA
Bout #3 Jeong Jin-SeonKOR 15 – 11Jörg FiedlerGER
Bout #4 Bartosz PiaseckiNOR 15 – 14Yannick BorelFRA

Semi-Finals (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Bout #1 Rubén LimardoVEN 6 – 5Seth KelseyUSA
Bout #2 Bartosz PiaseckiNOR 15 – 13Jeong Jin-SeonKOR

Final Round (1 August 2012)

Bout 1/2 Rubén LimardoVEN 15 – 10Bartosz PiaseckiNOR
Bout 3/4 Jeong Jin-SeonKOR 12 – 11Seth KelseyUSA