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Foil, Team, Men

Date 5 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants35 from 9 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The bracket featured nine teams, the top eight of the world plus Britain, ranked 11th. Two nations were named for the Olympic gold: Italy and China. Italy had won the two most recent World Cups, and had claimed the 2012 European title in Legnano. They had also won the World Championships in 2008 and 2009. They were succeeded by the Chinese, who claimed back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, and their squad featured individual champion Lei Sheng. Based on results earlier in the season, France and Germany could also be expected to do well.

After surviving a close encounter with the host nation, the Italians proceeded to the final by easily overcoming the United States, 45-39. The Chinese, however, didn’t make it past their first match. They were upset by the Japanese (seeded 7th), with Kenta Chida deciding the match with his 10-3 win over Ma Jianfei. The Japanese then encountered the Germans in the semi-finals, which turned out to be a thriller. The Asians had a 3 point lead going into the last bout, which saw 2008 silver medallist Yuki Ota pitted against 4-time World Champion Peter Joppich of Germany. Joppich closed the gap to 40-40, forcing overtime, and twice seemed to have scored the winning touch. Video replay decided otherwise, however, and Ota eventually scored the winning touch. The final began well for Japan, but individual world champion Andrea Cassarà reversed this in his bout against Chida. Although Japan never lost touch, Italy remained in control, with Andrea Baldini deciding the match in their favor and defending their 2004 title, as the event wasn’t held in Beijing. For Japan, it was their second-ever Olympic fencing medal, the first one won by Ota in 2008.

PosCompetitorsNOC
1ItalyITAGold
Valerio AspromonteGiorgio AvolaAndrea BaldiniAndrea Cassarà
2JapanJPNSilver
Yuki OtaKenta ChidaSuguru AwajiRyo Miyake
3GermanyGERBronze
Sebastian BachmannPeter JoppichBenjamin KleibrinkAndré Weßels
4United StatesUSA
Gerek MeinhardtMiles Chamley-WatsonRace ImbodenAlexander Massialas
5Russian FederationRUS
Artur AkhmatkhuzinRenal GaneyevAleksey KhovanskyAleksey Cheremisinov
6Great BritainGBR
James DavisLaurence HalstedRichard KruseHusayn Rosowsky
7People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Lei ShengZhu JunZhang LiangliangMa Jianfei
8FranceFRA
Victor SintèsErwann Le PéchouxMarcel MarcillouxEnzo Lefort
9EgyptEGY
Alaaeldin AbouelkassemTarek FouadSherif Farrag

Round One

Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitors (Seed)NOCResultCompetitors (Seed)NOC
Match #105 AugItaly (1)ITAbye
Match #205 Aug 9:00Great Britain (9)GBR45 – 33Egypt (8)EGY
Match #305 AugUnited States (5)USAbye
Match #405 AugFrance (4)FRAbye
Match #505 AugGermany (3)GERbye
Match #605 AugRussian Federation (6)RUSbye
Match #705 AugJapan (7)JPNbye
Match #805 AugPeople's Republic of China (2)CHNbye

Quarter-Finals

Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 10:30ItalyITA45 – 40Great BritainGBR
Match #205 Aug 10:30United StatesUSA45 – 39FranceFRA
Match #305 Aug 10:30GermanyGER44 – 40Russian FederationRUS
Match #405 Aug 10:30JapanJPN45 – 30People's Republic of ChinaCHN

Semi-Finals

Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 13:30ItalyITA45 – 24United StatesUSA
Match #205 Aug 13:30JapanJPN41 – 40GermanyGER

Classification Round 5-8

Date5 August 2012
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 12:00Great BritainGBR45 – 29FranceFRA
Match #205 Aug 12:00Russian FederationRUS45 – 40People's Republic of ChinaCHN

Final Round

Date5 August 2012
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match 1/205 Aug 19:15ItalyITA45 – 39JapanJPN
Match 3/405 Aug 18:00GermanyGER45 – 27United StatesUSA
Match 5/605 Aug 15:00Russian FederationRUS45 – 35Great BritainGBR
Match 7/805 Aug 15:00People's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 33FranceFRA