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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 CrahayXavier De Beukelaer (DNS)Émile Dufranc (DNS)
3HungaryHUNBronze
Ödön TersztyánszkyZoltán SchenkerSándor PóstaIstván LichteneckertLászló BertiJózsef Rády (DNS)
4ItalyITA
Giorgio ChiavacciOreste PulitiAldo BoniLuigi CuomoValentino ArgentoDante CarnielGiulio GaudiniGiorgio Pessina
3 p1 r3/4DenmarkDEN
Ivan OsiierSvend Aage MunckErik SjøqvistJens BerthelsenHans Olsen (DNS)Peter Ryefelt (DNS)Viggo Stilling-Andersen (DNS)
3 p2 r3/4ArgentinaARG
Horacio CascoRoberto LarrazLuis LucchettiÁngel SantamarinaFrancisco Bollini (DNS)Carmelo Camet (DNS)Carlos Guerrico (DNS)J. N. Sosa (DNS)
3 p1 r2/4SwitzerlandSUI
Frédéric FittingEugène EmpeytaConstantin AntoniadesÉdouard FittingJohn AlbaretCharles Rochat
3 p2 r2/4United StatesUSA
George CalnanPhilip AllisonAlfred WalkerGeorge BreedBurke BoyceThomas JeterHarold Bloomer (DNS)
3 p3 r2/4Great BritainGBR
Edgar SeligmanRobert MontgomerieGeoffrey DoyneRoland WilloughbyFrederick SherriffEdgar Amphlett (DNS)Ralph Sutton (DNS)
4 p1 r2/4AustriaAUT
Richard BrünnerErnst HuberKurt EttingerAlois GottfriedHugo PhilippErnst Baylon (DNS)R. Jaan (DNS)H. Eybler (DNS)
3 p2 r1/4SpainESP
Juan DelgadoDiego GarcíaDiego DíezFélix de PomésSalvador GarcíaFernando García (DNS)César de los Reyes (DNS)Miguel Zabalza (DNS)
3 p3 r1/4NetherlandsNED
Arie de JongPaul KunzeFélix VigevenoHenri Wijnoldy-DaniëlsNicolaas Nederpeld
DNSCubaCUB
David AizcorbeEduardo AlonsoM. CasasL. CentonRamón FonstA. LedonS. SardinasO. Seiglie
DNSCzechoslovakiaTCH
Jan ČernohorskýFrantišek DvořákJosef JavůrekJosef JungmannOtakar LadaVlastimil Lada-SázavskýLuděk OpplZdeněk Vávra
DNSUruguayURU
Héctor BeloV. LapidoDomingo MendyPedro MendyE. PasConrado RolandoGilberto Telechea

Round 1 (27 June 1924)

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

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
=1Great BritainGBR
=1ItalyITA

Pool 2

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

Pool 2 FRA 12 – 4ESP
Pool 2 HUN 9 – 7ESP

Pool 3

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

Pool 3 ARG 12 – 4NED
Pool 3 USA 10 – 6NED

Pool 4

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
=1AustriaAUT
=1BelgiumBEL

Pool 5

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
=1DenmarkDEN
=1SwitzerlandSUI

Quarter-Finals (28 June 1924)

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

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
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 1 ITA 16 – 0HUN
Pool 1 ITA 12 – 4SUI
Pool 1 ITA 13 – 3AUT
Pool 1 HUN 9 – 7SUI
Pool 1 HUN 13 – 3AUT
Pool 1 SUI 10 – 6AUT

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
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 2 FRA 14 – 2DEN
Pool 2 FRA 13 – 3USA
Pool 2 DEN 9 – 7USA

Pool 3

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

Pool 3 BEL 8 – 8ARG
Pool 3 BEL 12 – 4GBR
Pool 3 ARG 11 – 5GBR

Semi-Finals (29 June 1924)

Top two teams in each pool advanced to final.

Pool 1

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

Pool 1 ITA 12 – 4DEN
Pool 1 BEL 9 – 7DEN
Pool 1 1bye

Pool 2

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

Pool 2 FRA 14 – 2HUN
Pool 2 FRA 13 – 3ARG
Pool 2 HUN 8 – 8ARG

Final Pool (30 June 1924)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
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

Match #1 FRA 13 – 3BEL
Match #2 FRA 14 – 2HUN
Match #3 FRA 4 – 1ITA
Match #4 BEL 9 – 7HUN
Match #5 BEL ITA
Match #6 HUN ITA