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Sabre, Individual, Men

Date28 April 1906
StatusIntercalated
LocationZappeion, Athina
Participants29 from 8 countries

The sabre competition resulted in a popular victory for the Greek fencer, Ioannis Georgiadis. As in the épée, there were 29 competitors originally. Six elimination pools narrowed the field to 13 semi-finalists who fought two pools to determine the six finalists. In the finals, a three-way tie occurred for first place between Georgiadis, Gustav Casmir, and Federico Cesarano. In a fence-off between the three, Georgiadis won with Casmir second and Cesarano third.

Bouts were for three touches. Unlike foil and épée, no time limit was specified. The target area was reduced slightly from what was used at the 1896 Olympics. Instead of the entire body being valid target area, touches “below the knee” were no longer valid.

Because there were no international regulations as to what constituted a “sabre”, the Organizing Committee allowed every fencer to use the type of sabre in use in his own country. The length of the blades, however, had to be between 82 and 91 centimeters and the weight of the weapon between 450 and 950 grams. The committee “reserved to themselves the right to prohibit any weapons whose use they thought would be dangerous”.

One competitor from 1906, Hendrik van Blijenburgh, described this event as follows, “As to what happened in the sabre events, that entirely belongs into the world of humour. It did not matter who did what, or how he did it - but if someone touched his opponent, he lost! I highly respected the Greek fencers, but that the Greek jury should ‘appoint’ Georgiadis as the winner, that was a bit too much.”

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ioannis GeorgiadisGREGold
2Gustav CasmirGERSilver
3Federico CesaranoITABronze
4Gabriel, Count de la FalaiseFRA
5Lóránt MészárosHUN
6Jenő ApáthyHUN
AC p1 r2/3Khristos ZorbasGRE
AC p1 r2/3James, Baron Melvill van CarnbéeNED
AC p1 r2/3Alexandros KharalambopoulosGRE
AC p1 r2/3Herbert SanderDEN
AC p2 r2/3George van RossemNED
AC p2 r2/3Hendrik van der GrintenNED
AC p2 r2/3Konstantinos FotiadisGRE
AC p1 r1/3Ernst KönigsgartenAUT
AC p1 r1/3Jetze DoormanNED
AC p2 r1/3Jakob Erckrath de BaryGER
AC p2 r1/3Maurits van Löben SelsNED
AC p2 r1/3Georges, Baron Dillon-KavanaghFRA
AC p3 r1/3Emil SchönGER
AC p3 r1/3Johannes OstenNED
AC p4 r1/3August PetriGER
AC p4 r1/3Péter TóthHUN
AC p4 r1/3Arie de JongNED
AC p5 r1/3Béla NagyHUN
AC p5 r1/3Lex van BlijenburghNED
AC p5 r1/3Robert KrünertGER
AC p5 r1/3Pierre d'HuguesFRA
AC p6 r1/3Willem Hubert van BlijenburghNED
AC p6 r1/3Menelaos SakorafosGRE

Round One (28 April 1906)

Top two from pool 1-4 and pool 6 and top three from pool 5 advanced to the semi-finals

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Gustav CasmirGERQ
2Alexandros KharalambopoulosGREQ
ACErnst KönigsgartenAUT
ACJetze DoormanNED

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ioannis GeorgiadisGREQ
2Jenő ApáthyHUNQ
ACJakob Erckrath de BaryGER
ACMaurits van Löben SelsNED
ACGeorges, Baron Dillon-KavanaghFRA

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Lóránt MészárosHUNQ
2Khristos ZorbasGREQ
ACEmil SchönGER
ACJohannes OstenNED

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
=1James, Baron Melvill van CarnbéeNEDQ
=1Gabriel, Count de la FalaiseFRAQ
ACAugust PetriGER
ACPéter TóthHUN
ACArie de JongNED

Pool Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Federico CesaranoITAQ
=2George van RossemNEDQ
=2Konstantinos FotiadisGREQ
ACBéla NagyHUN
ACLex van BlijenburghNED
ACRobert KrünertGER
ACPierre d'HuguesFRA

Pool Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Herbert SanderDENQ
2Hendrik van der GrintenNEDQ
ACWillem Hubert van BlijenburghNED
ACMenelaos SakorafosGRE

Semi-Finals (28 April 1906)

Top three from each pool advanced to the final

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ioannis GeorgiadisGREQ
2Lóránt MészárosHUNQ
3Jenő ApáthyHUNQ
ACKhristos ZorbasGRE
ACJames, Baron Melvill van CarnbéeNED
ACAlexandros KharalambopoulosGRE
ACHerbert SanderDEN

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Gustav CasmirGERQ
2Gabriel, Count de la FalaiseFRAQ
3Federico CesaranoITAQ
ACGeorge van RossemNED
ACHendrik van der GrintenNED
ACKonstantinos FotiadisGRE

Final Pool (28 April 1906)

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ioannis GeorgiadisGRE
2Gustav CasmirGER
3Federico CesaranoITA
4Gabriel, Count de la FalaiseFRA
5Lóránt MészárosHUN
6Jenő ApáthyHUN