| Event type

Sabre, Team, Men

Date21 – 24 July 1908
LocationFencing Ground just outside White City Stadium, London
Participants35 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament with Bergvall system.

With the gold and silver medalist from the individual event, the Hungarians were particularly dominant in the team sabre competition. They won their opening match over Germany by 9-0, and the Official Report noted that nobody could remember a team fencing match in which one team never scored a hit.

This victory began the Hungarian streak of dominance in team sabre fencing at the Olympics. Hungary won all the gold medals in this event at the Olympics from 1908-1960, except for 1920 when the nation was not invited because of its role in World War I. David Wallechinsky has pointed out that Hungary won 46 consecutive matches during this streak. Hungary has also been dominant in the team sabre at the world championships. World championships in the team sabre began in 1930, and were held through the 1950’s in non-Olympic years. Hungary won the title in 1930-31, 1933-35, 1937, 1951, 1953-55, and 1957-58, failing to win the title only in 1938, 1947, and 1949-50.

Jenő FuchsOszkár GerdePéter TóthLajos WerknerDezső Földes
Riccardo NowakAlessandro Pirzio BiroliAbelardo OlivierMarcello BertinettiSante Ceccherini
Vilém Goppold z Lobsdorfu, Sr.František DušekVlastimil Lada-SázavskýOtakar LadaBedřich Schejbal
Gabriel, Comte de la FalaiseBertrand, Comte de LessepsMarc PerrodonLouis Renaud
Alexis du BoschEugène GradeAntoine Van TommeJacques Van der Voodt
Jakob Erckrath de BaryRobert KrünertAugust PetriFritz Jack
Jetze DoormanArie de JongGeorge van RossemMaurits van Löben Sels
=5Great BritainGBR
Evan JamesWilliam MarshArchibald MurrayCharles Wilson

Round 1 (21 – 22 July 1908)

Match #1 FRA 10 – 6BEL
Match #2 BOH 9 – 7NED
Match #3 HUN 9 – 0GER
Match #4 ITA 11 – 5GBR

Semi-Finals (22 July 1908)

Match #1 BOH 9 – 7FRA
Match #2 HUN 11 – 5ITA

Consolation Tournament (24 July 1908)

Match #1 ITA 10 – 4GER

Final Pool (23 July 1908)

Match #1 HUN 9 – 7BOH