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Sabre, Team, Men

Date 5 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants31 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

South Korea were only seeded sixth for the London Olympic team sabre tournament because of poor performances in previous team competitions. This seemed to be a false position as the Koreans had 3 of the top 11 seeds in the individual event competing as part of their team. Korea duly delivered the only shock of the opening round when, despite the best efforts of world ranked #1 Nicolas Limbach, they defeated Germany.

A bigger shock came in the semi-finals when the Koreans upset Italy largely through the effort of their top man, Gu Bon-Gil. They would have expected to face World Champions Russia in the final but this was not to be as the Russians fell in a close and exciting contest to the lower ranked Romanians.

The gold medal contest was also expected to be a close fought affair but instead turned into the most one sided match of the whole event. Korea had early successes and continued to build their lead throughout the match. They went on to win a conclusive 45-26 victory over the European opponents. This was the first time an Asian nation had won an Olympic men’s team title in fencing. Italy rebounded from their defeat against Korea to beat Russia for bronze despite being punished for overenthusiastic celebrations at one point in the contest.

1Republic of KoreaKORGold
Gu Bon-GilKim Jeong-HwanOh Eun-SeokWon U-Yeong
Alexandru SirițeanuFlorin ZalomirRareș DumitrescuTiberiu Dolniceanu
Aldo MontanoDiego OcchiuzziLuigi TarantinoLuigi Samele
4Russian FederationRUS
Nikolay KovalyovVeniamin ReshetnikovAleksey Yakimenko
Max HartungBjörn HübnerNicolas LimbachBenedikt Wagner
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Zhong ManWang JingzhiJiang KeluLiu Xiao
Aliaksandr BuikevichAliaksei LikhacheuskiValery PryiemkaDzmitry Lapkes
8United StatesUSA
Tim MorehouseJames WilliamsDaryl HomerJeff Spear

Quarter-Finals (5 August 2012 — 11:30)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 RUS 45 – 33USA
Match #2 ROU 45 – 30CHN
Match #3 KOR 45 – 38GER
Match #4 ITA 45 – 44BLR

Round One (5 August 2012 — TO:DO)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Semi-Finals (5 August 2012 — 13:30)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #1 ROU 45 – 43RUS
Match #2 KOR 45 – 37ITA

Classification Round (5 August 2012 — 12:30)

Match #1 CHN 45 – 28USA
Match #2 GER 45 – 40BLR

Final Round (5 August 2012 — 14:30)

Match 1/2 KOR 45 – 26ROU
Match 3/4 ITA 45 – 40RUS
Match 5/6 GER 45 – 30CHN
Match 7/8 BLR 45 – 35USA