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Épée, Individual, Men

Date 9 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationArena Carioca 3, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants38 from 20 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

One of the major upsets in the Rio fencing tournaments was the victory of Korean Park Sang-Young, who had dropped from 3 to 21 in the world’s ranking following a knee injury in 2015. One of his victims was No. 2 seeded Enrico Garozzo in the round of the last 16. In the semi-final Park dominated Benjamin Steffen from Switzerland, ranked 13th in the world, 15-9 and advanced to the final. There, his opponent, Hungarian Géza Imre, looked like a sure winner, leading 14-10 against the Korean. But in an exciting comeback, Park managed to score point by point and finally beat Imre 15-14 after a five point rally as the youngest in the field beat the oldest. The 41-year-old Imre became fencing’s oldest individual Olympic medalist since 1952. In Helsinki, fencing legend Aladár Gerevich, also from Hungary, was 42 when he won the silver in the men’s sabre. The number one seeded Frenchman Gauthier Grumier pinned down all opponents easily before the semi-finals. There, he met Imre, who had already beaten him in the final of the 2015 World Championships. The Hungarian held on to a three point lead countering Grumier’s attacks with simultaneous touches to win 15-13. Grumier took the bronze medal beating Steffen 15-11.

PosNrFencerNOCSeed
1Park Sang-YeongKOR18Gold
2Géza ImreHUN4Silver
3Gauthier GrumierFRA1Bronze
4Benjamin SteffenSUI14
5Yannick BorelFRA6
6Kazuyasu MinobeJPN9
7Max HeinzerSUI10
8Nikolai NovosjolovEST21
9Enrico GarozzoITA2
10Bohdan NikishynUKR3
11Vadim AnokhinRUS7
12Fabian KauterSUI11
13Gábor BoczkóHUN13
14Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY16
15Anton AvdeyevRUS25
16Francisco LimardoVEN28
17Daniel JérentFRA5
18Bas VerwijlenNED8
19Park Gyeong-DuKOR12
20Pavel SukhovRUS15
21Rubén LimardoVEN17
22Jason PryorUSA19
23Alexandre BouzaidSEN20
24Anatoliy HereiUKR22
25Paolo PizzoITA23
26Marco FicheraITA24
27Maxime Brinck-CroteauCAN26
28András RédliHUN27
29John Édison RodríguezCOL29
30Jiao YunlongCHN30
31Jeong Jin-SeonKOR31
32Athos SchwantesBRA32
33Jiří BeranCZE33
34Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN34
35Guilherme MelaragnoBRA35
36Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR36
37Nicolas FerreiraBRA37
38Abdulaziz Al-ShattiIOA38

Round One (9 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Bout #1 Gauthier GrumierFRA bye
Bout #2 Athos SchwantesBRA 15 – 9Jiří BeranCZE
Bout #3 Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY bye
Bout #4 Rubén LimardoVEN bye
Bout #5 Kazuyasu MinobeJPN bye
Bout #6 Marco FicheraITA bye
Bout #7 Anton AvdeyevRUS bye
Bout #8 Bas VerwijlenNED bye
Bout #9 Daniel JérentFRA bye
Bout #10 Francisco LimardoVEN 15 – 7Nicolas FerreiraBRA
Bout #11 Nikolai NovosjolovEST bye
Bout #12 Park Gyeong-DuKOR bye
Bout #13 Gábor BoczkóHUN bye
Bout #14 Alexandre BouzaidSEN bye
Bout #15 John Édison RodríguezCOL 15 – 13Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR
Bout #16 Géza ImreHUN bye
Bout #17 Bohdan NikishynUKR bye
Bout #18 Jiao YunlongCHN 8 – 6Guilherme MelaragnoBRA
Bout #19 Benjamin SteffenSUI bye
Bout #20 Jason PryorUSA bye
Bout #21 Fabian KauterSUI bye
Bout #22 Anatoliy HereiUKR bye
Bout #23 András RédliHUN 14 – 13Abdulaziz Al-ShattiIOA
Bout #24 Yannick BorelFRA bye
Bout #25 Vadim AnokhinRUS bye
Bout #26 Maxime Brinck-CroteauCAN bye
Bout #27 Max HeinzerSUI bye
Bout #28 Paolo PizzoITA bye
Bout #29 Park Sang-YeongKOR bye
Bout #30 Pavel SukhovRUS bye
Bout #31 Jeong Jin-SeonKOR 15 – 8Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN
Bout #32 Enrico GarozzoITA bye

Round Two (9 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Bout #1 Gauthier GrumierFRA 15 – 7Athos SchwantesBRA
Bout #2 Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY 15 – 5Rubén LimardoVEN
Bout #3 Kazuyasu MinobeJPN 15 – 8Marco FicheraITA
Bout #4 Anton AvdeyevRUS 15 – 9Bas VerwijlenNED
Bout #5 Francisco LimardoVEN 15 – 14Daniel JérentFRA
Bout #6 Nikolai NovosjolovEST 12 – 10Park Gyeong-DuKOR
Bout #7 Gábor BoczkóHUN 15 – 9Alexandre BouzaidSEN
Bout #8 Géza ImreHUN 15 – 8John Édison RodríguezCOL
Bout #9 Bohdan NikishynUKR 15 – 11Jiao YunlongCHN
Bout #10 Benjamin SteffenSUI 15 – 14Jason PryorUSA
Bout #11 Fabian KauterSUI 15 – 9Anatoliy HereiUKR
Bout #12 Yannick BorelFRA 15 – 9András RédliHUN
Bout #13 Vadim AnokhinRUS 15 – 14Maxime Brinck-CroteauCAN
Bout #14 Max HeinzerSUI 15 – 11Paolo PizzoITA
Bout #15 Park Sang-YeongKOR 15 – 11Pavel SukhovRUS
Bout #16 Enrico GarozzoITA 15 – 11Jeong Jin-SeonKOR

Round Three (9 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Bout #1 Gauthier GrumierFRA 15 – 9Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY
Bout #2 Kazuyasu MinobeJPN 15 – 12Anton AvdeyevRUS
Bout #3 Nikolai NovosjolovEST 15 – 12Francisco LimardoVEN
Bout #4 Géza ImreHUN 15 – 8Gábor BoczkóHUN
Bout #5 Benjamin SteffenSUI 15 – 14Bohdan NikishynUKR
Bout #6 Yannick BorelFRA 15 – 14Fabian KauterSUI
Bout #7 Max HeinzerSUI 15 – 7Vadim AnokhinRUS
Bout #8 Park Sang-YeongKOR 15 – 12Enrico GarozzoITA

Quarter-Finals (9 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Bout #1 Gauthier GrumierFRA 15 – 8Kazuyasu MinobeJPN
Bout #2 Géza ImreHUN 15 – 9Nikolai NovosjolovEST
Bout #3 Benjamin SteffenSUI 15 – 10Yannick BorelFRA
Bout #4 Park Sang-YeongKOR 15 – 4Max HeinzerSUI

Semi-Finals (9 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to final pool.

Bout #1 Géza ImreHUN 15 – 13Gauthier GrumierFRA
Bout #2 Park Sang-YeongKOR 15 – 9Benjamin SteffenSUI

Final Round (9 August 2016)

Bout 1/2 Park Sang-YeongKOR 15 – 14Géza ImreHUN
Bout 3/4 Gauthier GrumierFRA 15 – 11Benjamin SteffenSUI