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Foil, Team, Men

Date27 – 30 June 1924
StatusOlympic
LocationVélodrome d'Hiver, Paris
Participants67 from 12 countries

Between 1920 and 1956, Italy and France won every gold medal at the Olympics in team foil, each winning four times. In 1924 it would be France’s time to win gold, with Hungary and Belgium the other finalists, in addition to Italy. But France’s gold medal came in amid controversy. When France and Italy met in the final round-robin pool, France took a 3-1 bout lead when Lucien Gaudin and Aldo Boni faced off. The match was tied at four touches each when Hungarian referee György Kovács awarded the winning fifth touch to Gaudin, which incensed Boni. He verbally assaulted Kovács in Italian. Kovács asked the Italian-born Hungarian fencing master Italo Santelli what Boni said and when Santelli gave the translation into Hungarian, Kovács went to the Jury of Appeal which demanded an apology. Boni refused, and the Italian team, withdrew singing the Italian national anthem, forfeiting their matches against Belgium and Hungary. The silver medal went to Belgium based on their 9-7 victory over Hungary.

After the Olympics, the Italian team issued a statement alleging that Santelli had supported the referee because he was the coach of the Hungarian team and it would help them win a medal. When he learned of this, Santelli challenged Adolfo Contronei, the Italian captain to a duel. Santelli’s son, Giorgio, was concerned for his father, who was then over 60 years old, and invoked the code duello to replace his father in the coming battle. Government permission to fight the duel was obtained and on August 28 Giorgio Santelli and Contronei met in the small Italian town of Abbazia (later Opatija in Croatia) close to the Hungarian border, fighting with heavy sabres. Santelli slashed Contronei on his head, drawing blood, which caused doctors to intervene and stop the duel.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1FranceFRAGold
Lucien GaudinPhilippe CattiauAndré LabatutRoger DucretHenri JobierJacques CoutrotGuy de LugetJoseph Perotaux
2BelgiumBELSilver
Maurice Van DammeFernand de MontignyAlbert De RoockerDésiré BeaurainMarcel BerréCharles Crahay
3HungaryHUNBronze
Ödön TersztyánszkyZoltán SchenkerSándor PóstaIstván LichteneckertLászló Berti
4ItalyITA
Giorgio ChiavacciOreste PulitiAldo BoniLuigi CuomoValentino ArgentoDante CarnielGiulio GaudiniGiorgio Pessina
3 p1 r3/4DenmarkDEN
Ivan OsiierSvend Aage MunckErik SjøqvistJens Berthelsen
3 p2 r3/4ArgentinaARG
Horacio CascoRoberto LarrazLuis LucchettiÁngel Santamarina
3 p1 r2/4SwitzerlandSUI
Frédéric FittingEugène EmpeytaConstantin AntoniadesÉdouard FittingJohn AlbaretCharles Rochat
3 p2 r2/4United StatesUSA
George CalnanPhilip AllisonAlfred WalkerGeorge BreedBurke BoyceThomas Jeter
3 p3 r2/4Great BritainGBR
Edgar SeligmanRobert MontgomerieGeoffrey DoyneRoland WilloughbyFrederick Sherriff
4 p1 r2/4AustriaAUT
Richard BrünnerErnst HuberKurt EttingerAlois GottfriedHugo Philipp
3 p2 r1/4SpainESP
Juan DelgadoDiego GarcíaDiego DíezFélix de PomésSalvador García
3 p3 r1/4NetherlandsNED
Arie de JongPaul KunzeFélix VigevenoHenri Wijnoldy-DaniëlsNicolaas Nederpeld

Round One (27 June 1924)

Top two finishers in each pool advanced to quarter-finals.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
=1Great BritainGBR
=1ItalyITA

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA10124Q
Lucien GaudinRoger DucretJoseph PerotauxHenri Jobier
2HungaryHUN1097Q
Zoltán SchenkerSándor PóstaÖdön TersztyánszkyLászló Berti
3SpainESP021121
Juan DelgadoDiego GarcíaDiego DíezFélix de PomésSalvador García

Pool Two FRA 12 – 4ESP
Pool Two HUN 9 – 7ESP

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ArgentinaARG10124Q
Roberto LarrazLuis LucchettiHoracio CascoÁngel Santamarina
2United StatesUSA10106Q
George CalnanGeorge BreedThomas JeterBurke Boyce
3NetherlandsNED021022
Arie de JongPaul KunzeFélix VigevenoHenri Wijnoldy-DaniëlsNicolaas Nederpeld

Pool Three ARG 12 – 4NED
Pool Three USA 10 – 6NED

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
=1AustriaAUT
=1BelgiumBEL

Pool Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
=1DenmarkDEN
=1SwitzerlandSUI

Quarter-Finals (28 June 1924)

Top two finishers in each pool advanced to semi-finals.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ItalyITA30417Q
Oreste PulitiAldo BoniGiorgio PessinaGiorgio ChiavacciDante CarnielLuigi CuomoGiulio GaudiniValentino Argento
2HungaryHUN212226Q
László BertiSándor PóstaÖdön TersztyánszkyZoltán SchenkerIstván Lichteneckert
3SwitzerlandSUI122127
Frédéric FittingEugène EmpeytaConstantin AntoniadesÉdouard FittingJohn AlbaretCharles Rochat
4AustriaAUT031236
Richard BrünnerErnst HuberKurt EttingerAlois GottfriedHugo Philipp

Pool One ITA 16 – 0HUN
Pool One ITA 12 – 4SUI
Pool One ITA 13 – 3AUT
Pool One HUN 9 – 7SUI
Pool One HUN 13 – 3AUT
Pool One SUI 10 – 6AUT

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA20275Q
Henri JobierJacques CoutrotAndré LabatutPhilippe CattiauGuy de Luget
2DenmarkDEN111121Q
Svend Aage MunckIvan OsiierJens BerthelsenErik Sjøqvist
3United StatesUSA021022
George CalnanPhilip AllisonAlfred WalkerGeorge BreedBurke BoyceThomas Jeter

Pool Two FRA 14 – 2DEN
Pool Two FRA 13 – 3USA
Pool Two DEN 9 – 7USA

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1BelgiumBEL202012Q
Charles CrahayFernand de MontignyMaurice Van DammeDésiré Beaurain
2ArgentinaARG111913Q
Roberto LarrazÁngel SantamarinaLuis LucchettiHoracio Casco
3Great BritainGBR02923
Edgar SeligmanRobert MontgomerieGeoffrey DoyneRoland WilloughbyFrederick Sherriff

Pool Three BEL 8/61 – 8/56ARG
Pool Three BEL 12 – 4GBR
Pool Three ARG 11 – 5GBR

Semi-Finals (29 June 1924)

Top two finishers in each pool advanced to final..

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ItalyITA10124Q
Oreste PulitiGiorgio ChiavacciDante CarnielGiorgio Pessina
2BelgiumBEL1097Q
Désiré BeaurainFernand de MontignyCharles CrahayMarcel Berré
3DenmarkDEN021121
Ivan OsiierSvend Aage MunckErik SjøqvistJens Berthelsen

Pool One ITA 12 – 4DEN
Pool One BEL 9 – 7DEN

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA20275Q
Lucien GaudinPhilippe CattiauRoger DucretJacques CoutrotHenri Jobier
2HungaryHUN111022Q
Zoltán SchenkerÖdön TersztyánszkyIstván LichteneckertSándor PóstaLászló Berti
3ArgentinaARG021121
Horacio CascoRoberto LarrazLuis LucchettiÁngel Santamarina

Pool Two FRA 14 – 2HUN
Pool Two FRA 13 – 3ARG
Pool Two HUN 8/57 – 8/57ARG

Final Pool (30 June 1924)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA30316
Lucien GaudinPhilippe CattiauAndré LabatutRoger DucretHenri JobierJacques Coutrot
2BelgiumBEL211220
Maurice Van DammeFernand de MontignyAlbert De RoockerDésiré Beaurain
3HungaryHUN12923
Ödön TersztyánszkyZoltán SchenkerSándor PóstaIstván LichteneckertLászló Berti
4ItalyITA0314
Giorgio ChiavacciOreste PulitiAldo BoniLuigi Cuomo

Team Bout A FRA 13 – 3BEL
Team Bout B FRA 14 – 2HUN
Team Bout C FRA 4 – 1ITA
Team Bout D BEL 9 – 7HUN
Team Bout E BEL ITA
Team Bout F HUN ITA