| Event type

Épée, Individual, Men

Date 9 August 2016
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.

1Park Sang-YeongKORGold
2Géza ImreHUNSilver
3Gauthier GrumierFRABronze
4Benjamin SteffenSUI
5Yannick BorelFRA
6Kazuyasu MinobeJPN
7Max HeinzerSUI
8Nikolai NovosjolovEST
9Enrico GarozzoITA
10Bohdan NikishynUKR
11Vadim AnokhinRUS
12Fabian KauterSUI
13Gábor BoczkóHUN
14Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY
15Anton AvdeyevRUS
16Francisco LimardoVEN
17Daniel JérentFRA
18Bas VerwijlenNED
19Park Gyeong-DuKOR
20Pavel SukhovRUS
21Rubén LimardoVEN
22Jason PryorUSA
23Alexandre BouzaidSEN
24Anatoliy HereiUKR
25Paolo PizzoITA
26Marco FicheraITA
27Maxime Brinck-CroteauCAN
28András RédliHUN
29John Édison RodríguezCOL
30Jiao YunlongCHN
31Jeong Jin-SeonKOR
32Athos SchwantesBRA
33Jiří BeranCZE
34Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN
35Guilherme MelaragnoBRA
36Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR
37Nicolas FerreiraBRA
38Abdulaziz Al-ShattiIOA

Round One

Date9 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #1Gauthier GrumierFRAbye
Bout #209 Aug 9:00Blue PisteAthos SchwantesBRA15 – 9Jiří BeranCZE
Bout #3Ayman Alaa El-DinEGYbye
Bout #4Rubén LimardoVENbye
Bout #5Kazuyasu MinobeJPNbye
Bout #6Marco FicheraITAbye
Bout #7Anton AvdeyevRUSbye
Bout #8Bas VerwijlenNEDbye
Bout #9Daniel JérentFRAbye
Bout #1009 Aug 9:00Red PisteFrancisco LimardoVEN15 – 7Nicolas FerreiraBRA
Bout #11Nikolai NovosjolovESTbye
Bout #12Park Gyeong-DuKORbye
Bout #13Gábor BoczkóHUNbye
Bout #14Alexandre BouzaidSENbye
Bout #1509 Aug 9:30Red PisteJohn Édison RodríguezCOL15 – 13Dmytro KariuchenkoUKR
Bout #16Géza ImreHUNbye
Bout #17Bohdan NikishynUKRbye
Bout #1809 Aug 9:00Green PisteJiao YunlongCHN8 – 6Guilherme MelaragnoBRA
Bout #19Benjamin SteffenSUIbye
Bout #20Jason PryorUSAbye
Bout #21Fabian KauterSUIbye
Bout #22Anatoliy HereiUKRbye
Bout #2309 Aug 9:30Green PisteAndrás RédliHUN14 – 13Abdulaziz Al-ShattiIOA
Bout #24Yannick BorelFRAbye
Bout #25Vadim AnokhinRUSbye
Bout #26Maxime Brinck-CroteauCANbye
Bout #27Max HeinzerSUIbye
Bout #28Paolo PizzoITAbye
Bout #29Park Sang-YeongKORbye
Bout #30Pavel SukhovRUSbye
Bout #3109 Aug 9:00Yellow PisteJeong Jin-SeonKOR15 – 8Silvio Fernández BriceñoVEN
Bout #32Enrico GarozzoITAbye

Round Two

Date9 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #109 Aug 10:15Blue PisteGauthier GrumierFRA15 – 7Athos SchwantesBRA
Bout #209 Aug 11:45Blue PisteAyman Alaa El-DinEGY15 – 5Rubén LimardoVEN
Bout #309 Aug 11:15Blue PisteKazuyasu MinobeJPN15 – 8Marco FicheraITA
Bout #409 Aug 10:45Blue PisteAnton AvdeyevRUS15 – 9Bas VerwijlenNED
Bout #509 Aug 10:15Yellow PisteFrancisco LimardoVEN15 – 14Daniel JérentFRA
Bout #609 Aug 11:45Yellow PisteNikolai NovosjolovEST12 – 10Park Gyeong-DuKOR
Bout #709 Aug 11:15Yellow PisteGábor BoczkóHUN15 – 9Alexandre BouzaidSEN
Bout #809 Aug 10:45Yellow PisteGéza ImreHUN15 – 8John Édison RodríguezCOL
Bout #909 Aug 10:15Green PisteBohdan NikishynUKR15 – 11Jiao YunlongCHN
Bout #1009 Aug 11:45Green PisteBenjamin SteffenSUI15 – 14Jason PryorUSA
Bout #1109 Aug 11:15Green PisteFabian KauterSUI15 – 9Anatoliy HereiUKR
Bout #1209 Aug 10:45Green PisteYannick BorelFRA15 – 9András RédliHUN
Bout #1309 Aug 10:15Red PisteVadim AnokhinRUS15 – 14Maxime Brinck-CroteauCAN
Bout #1409 Aug 11:45Red PisteMax HeinzerSUI15 – 11Paolo PizzoITA
Bout #1509 Aug 11:15Red PistePark Sang-YeongKOR15 – 11Pavel SukhovRUS
Bout #1609 Aug 10:45Red PisteEnrico GarozzoITA15 – 11Jeong Jin-SeonKOR

Round Three

Date9 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #109 Aug 12:30Blue PisteGauthier GrumierFRA15 – 9Ayman Alaa El-DinEGY
Bout #209 Aug 13:00Green PisteKazuyasu MinobeJPN15 – 12Anton AvdeyevRUS
Bout #309 Aug 13:00Blue PisteNikolai NovosjolovEST15 – 12Francisco LimardoVEN
Bout #409 Aug 12:30Green PisteGéza ImreHUN15 – 8Gábor BoczkóHUN
Bout #509 Aug 12:30Yellow PisteBenjamin SteffenSUI15 – 14Bohdan NikishynUKR
Bout #609 Aug 13:00Red PisteYannick BorelFRA15 – 14Fabian KauterSUI
Bout #709 Aug 13:00Yellow PisteMax HeinzerSUI15 – 7Vadim AnokhinRUS
Bout #809 Aug 12:30Red PistePark Sang-YeongKOR15 – 12Enrico GarozzoITA


Date9 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #109 Aug 13:45Blue PisteGauthier GrumierFRA15 – 8Kazuyasu MinobeJPN
Bout #209 Aug 13:45Red PisteGéza ImreHUN15 – 9Nikolai NovosjolovEST
Bout #309 Aug 13:45Green PisteBenjamin SteffenSUI15 – 10Yannick BorelFRA
Bout #409 Aug 13:45Yellow PistePark Sang-YeongKOR15 – 4Max HeinzerSUI


Date9 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #109 Aug 16:00Finals PisteGéza ImreHUN15 – 13Gauthier GrumierFRA
Bout #209 Aug 16:30Finals PistePark Sang-YeongKOR15 – 9Benjamin SteffenSUI

Final Round

Date9 August 2016
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/209 Aug 17:45Finals PistePark Sang-YeongKOR15 – 14Géza ImreHUN
Bout 3/409 Aug 17:15Finals PisteGauthier GrumierFRA15 – 11Benjamin SteffenSUI