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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

Round One

Date5 August 2012 — 11:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
Match #105 Aug 11:30Russian FederationRUS45 – 33United StatesUSA
Match #205 Aug 11:30RomaniaROU45 – 30People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #305 Aug 11:30Republic of KoreaKOR45 – 38GermanyGER
Match #405 Aug 11:30ItalyITA45 – 44BelarusBLR


Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
Match #105 Aug 13:30RomaniaROU45 – 43Russian FederationRUS
Match #205 Aug 13:30Republic of KoreaKOR45 – 37ItalyITA

Classification Round 5-8

Date5 August 2012
Match #105 Aug 12:30People's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 28United StatesUSA
Match #205 Aug 12:30GermanyGER45 – 40BelarusBLR

Final Round

Date5 August 2012
Match 1/205 Aug 18:45Republic of KoreaKOR45 – 26RomaniaROU
Match 3/405 Aug 18:00ItalyITA45 – 40Russian FederationRUS
Match 5/605 Aug 14:30GermanyGER45 – 30People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match 7/805 Aug 14:30BelarusBLR45 – 35United StatesUSA