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Sabre, Individual, Men

Date12 – 13 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationState Armory of the 160th Infantry, Olympic Park, Los Angeles, California
Participants25 from 12 countries

The last fencing event at the 1932 Olympics was the individual sabre. Although expected to be very exciting, the organizational weaknesses here proved distressing as the final pool lasted nearly six hours. The Hungarians were favored as they dominated sabre fencing in this era, with the 1930-31 world championship having gone to György Piller-Jekelfalussy. Piller-Jekelfalussy won the gold medal, as expected, but the silver went to the surprising Giulio Gaudini of Italy, ahead of Hungary’s Endre Kabos, who narrowly edged out Germany’s Erwin Casmir for bronze.

Hungarian Attila Petschauer had been favored for a medal, but came in fifth. Petschauer, who was Jewish, was arbitrarily arrested by the Nazis in the summer of 1942 and assigned to hard labor in the Davidovka concentration camp, which was effectively a death sentence, and as a prominent prisoner, he was singled out for the harshest treatment. When in January 1943 his former teammate and current overseer Kálmán Cseh von Szent-Katolna identified him as an Olympic champion, Petschauer was beaten with a wire whip until his spine was exposed, until Colonel General Burdenko, chief surgeon of the Red Army, arrived a bit later, and stopped the brutality, but could not save his life. Petschauer was forced to climb a tree naked in the frigid weather, and had cold water sprayed on him. He died shortly thereafter. A documentation of this case appeared in the 1970s in Hungary and Petschauer’s death by torture was the subject of the 1999 movie Sunshine starring Ralph Fiennes.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1György PillerHUNGold
2Giulio GaudiniITASilver
3Endre KabosHUNBronze
4Erwin CasmirGER
5Attila PetschauerHUN
6John HuffmanUSA
7Ivan OsiierDEN
8Arturo De VecchiITA
9Norman ArmitageUSA
10Emilio SalafiaITA
6 p1 r2/3Edward GardèreFRA
6 p2 r2/3Peter BruderUSA
7 p1 r2/3Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
7 p2 r2/3Jean PiotFRA
8 p1 r2/3Adam PapéePOL
8 p2 r2/3Antonio HaroMEX
9 p1 r2/3Francisco ValeroMEX
9 p2 r2/3Władysław SegdaPOL
7 p1 r1/3Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
7 p2 r1/3Axel BlochDEN
7 p3 r1/3Carmelo MerloARG
8 p1 r1/3Pat FarrellCAN
8 p2 r1/3Georges de BourguignonBEL
8 p3 r1/3Doris de JongNED
9 p3 r1/3Aage LeidersdorffDEN

Round 1 (12 August 1932 — 8:00)

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

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Attila PetschauerHUN502512Q
2Giulio GaudiniITA512916Q
3Ivan OsiierDEN322117Q
4Jean PiotFRA332120Q
5Peter BruderUSA332621Q
6Władysław SegdaPOL332323Q
7Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX151229
8Pat FarrellCAN061130

Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 4Giulio GaudiniITA
Pool 1 1Attila PetschauerHUN Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 2Attila PetschauerHUN Jean PiotFRA
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 4Peter BruderUSA
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 3Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 0Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 1Pat FarrellCAN
Pool 1 3Giulio GaudiniITA Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 1Jean PiotFRA
Pool 1 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Peter BruderUSA
Pool 1 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 1 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
Pool 1 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 1Pat FarrellCAN
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Jean PiotFRA
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 3Pat FarrellCAN
Pool 1 Jean PiotFRA 5 – 4Peter BruderUSA
Pool 1 Jean PiotFRA 5 – 1Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
Pool 1 Jean PiotFRA 5 – 0Pat FarrellCAN
Pool 1 Peter BruderUSA 5 – 3Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 Peter BruderUSA 5 – 2Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 1 Peter BruderUSA 5 – 1Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
Pool 1 4Peter BruderUSA Pat FarrellCAN
Pool 1 Władysław SegdaPOL 5 – 3Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 Władysław SegdaPOL 5 – 3Jean PiotFRA
Pool 1 5Władysław SegdaPOL Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX
Pool 1 Władysław SegdaPOL 5 – 2Pat FarrellCAN
Pool 1 Gerónimo DelgadilloMEX 5 – 4Pat FarrellCAN

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Endre KabosHUN603018Q
2Emilio SalafiaITA422516Q
3Norman ArmitageUSA422418Q
4Erwin CasmirGER30155Q
5Adam PapéePOL332219Q
6Francisco ValeroMEX252029Q
7Axel BlochDEN161233
8Georges de BourguignonBEL162434

Pool 2 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 4Emilio SalafiaITA
Pool 2 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 2Norman ArmitageUSA
Pool 2 6Endre KabosHUN Erwin CasmirGER
Pool 2 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 3Adam PapéePOL
Pool 2 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 2 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 3Axel BlochDEN
Pool 2 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 4Georges de BourguignonBEL
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 2Norman ArmitageUSA
Pool 2 7Emilio SalafiaITA Erwin CasmirGER
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 0Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 0Axel BlochDEN
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 4Georges de BourguignonBEL
Pool 2 8Norman ArmitageUSA Erwin CasmirGER
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 2Adam PapéePOL
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 0Axel BlochDEN
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 4Georges de BourguignonBEL
Pool 2 9Erwin CasmirGER Adam PapéePOL
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 1Axel BlochDEN
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Georges de BourguignonBEL
Pool 2 Adam PapéePOL 5 – 1Emilio SalafiaITA
Pool 2 Adam PapéePOL 5 – 1Axel BlochDEN
Pool 2 Adam PapéePOL 5 – 2Georges de BourguignonBEL
Pool 2 Francisco ValeroMEX 5 – 2Adam PapéePOL
Pool 2 Francisco ValeroMEX 5 – 2Axel BlochDEN
Pool 2 Axel BlochDEN 5 – 3Georges de BourguignonBEL
Pool 2 Georges de BourguignonBEL 5 – 4Francisco ValeroMEX

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Edward GardèreFRA523016Q
2György PillerHUN512621Q
3Antonio HaroMEX533328Q
4Arturo De VecchiITA422717Q
5Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL422322Q
6John HuffmanUSA443425Q10
7Carmelo MerloARG152027
8Doris de JongNED161433
9Aage LeidersdorffDEN171937

Pool 3 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 1Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 3 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 1Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 3 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 3John HuffmanUSA
Pool 3 11Edward GardèreFRA Carmelo MerloARG
Pool 3 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 1Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 0Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 György PillerHUN 5 – 4Edward GardèreFRA
Pool 3 György PillerHUN 5 – 3Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 3 12György PillerHUN Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 3 13György PillerHUN Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 3 György PillerHUN 5 – 4Carmelo MerloARG
Pool 3 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 György PillerHUN 5 – 3Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 Antonio HaroMEX 5 – 4Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 3 Antonio HaroMEX 5 – 4John HuffmanUSA
Pool 3 Antonio HaroMEX 5 – 3Carmelo MerloARG
Pool 3 Antonio HaroMEX 5 – 1Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 Antonio HaroMEX 5 – 1Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 1Edward GardèreFRA
Pool 3 14Arturo De VecchiITA Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 3 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Carmelo MerloARG
Pool 3 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL 5 – 4Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 3 Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL 5 – 4Carmelo MerloARG
Pool 3 Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL 5 – 1Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL 5 – 3Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 1György PillerHUN
Pool 3 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 3 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 2Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 3 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 2Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 2Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 Carmelo MerloARG 5 – 2John HuffmanUSA
Pool 3 15Carmelo MerloARG Doris de JongNED
Pool 3 Doris de JongNED 5 – 3Aage LeidersdorffDEN
Pool 3 Aage LeidersdorffDEN 5 – 2Carmelo MerloARG

Semi-Finals (12 August 1932 — 13:00)

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

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Endre KabosHUN613420Q
2Attila PetschauerHUN623724Q
3John HuffmanUSA623625Q
4Ivan OsiierDEN433024Q
5Arturo De VecchiITA443231Q
6Edward GardèreFRA352737
7Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL262635
8Adam PapéePOL262736
9Francisco ValeroMEX262037

Pool 1 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 2John HuffmanUSA
Pool 1 16Endre KabosHUN Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 3Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 1 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 4Edward GardèreFRA
Pool 1 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 2Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 1 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 3Adam PapéePOL
Pool 1 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 1Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 4Endre KabosHUN
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 2Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 4Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 0Edward GardèreFRA
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 2Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 1 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 1 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Attila PetschauerHUN
Pool 1 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 4Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Edward GardèreFRA
Pool 1 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 1 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 1Adam PapéePOL
Pool 1 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 1Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 1Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 4Adam PapéePOL
Pool 1 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 1 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 4John HuffmanUSA
Pool 1 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Edward GardèreFRA
Pool 1 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 3Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 1 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Adam PapéePOL
Pool 1 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 4Ivan OsiierDEN
Pool 1 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 4Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL
Pool 1 Edward GardèreFRA 5 – 4Adam PapéePOL
Pool 1 Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL 5 – 3Adam PapéePOL
Pool 1 Leszek Lubicz-NyczPOL 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 1 Adam PapéePOL 5 – 4Attila PetschauerHUN
Pool 1 Adam PapéePOL 5 – 2Francisco ValeroMEX
Pool 1 Francisco ValeroMEX 5 – 4Arturo De VecchiITA
Pool 1 Francisco ValeroMEX 5 – 3Edward GardèreFRA

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1György PillerHUN603012Q
2Giulio GaudiniITA512919Q
3Erwin CasmirGER412314Q
4Norman ArmitageUSA342724Q
5Peter BruderUSA342327Q
6Emilio SalafiaITA342530
7Jean PiotFRA051125
8Antonio HaroMEX151629
9Władysław SegdaPOL0115

Pool 2 György PillerHUN 5 – 4Giulio GaudiniITA
Pool 2 17György PillerHUN Erwin CasmirGER
Pool 2 György PillerHUN 5 – 4Norman ArmitageUSA
Pool 2 György PillerHUN 5 – 1Peter BruderUSA
Pool 2 György PillerHUN 5 – 1Emilio SalafiaITA
Pool 2 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Jean PiotFRA
Pool 2 György PillerHUN 5 – 0Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 2 18György PillerHUN Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 19Giulio GaudiniITA Erwin CasmirGER
Pool 2 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Norman ArmitageUSA
Pool 2 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 4Peter BruderUSA
Pool 2 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Emilio SalafiaITA
Pool 2 20Giulio GaudiniITA Jean PiotFRA
Pool 2 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 2 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 1Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Norman ArmitageUSA
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 3Peter BruderUSA
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Jean PiotFRA
Pool 2 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 2 21Erwin CasmirGER Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 0Peter BruderUSA
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 1Jean PiotFRA
Pool 2 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 3Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 2 22Norman ArmitageUSA Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 Peter BruderUSA 5 – 2Emilio SalafiaITA
Pool 2 Peter BruderUSA 5 – 2Jean PiotFRA
Pool 2 Peter BruderUSA 5 – 3Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 2 23Peter BruderUSA Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 3Erwin CasmirGER
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 3Norman ArmitageUSA
Pool 2 Emilio SalafiaITA 5 – 4Jean PiotFRA
Pool 2 24Emilio SalafiaITA Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 25Jean PiotFRA Antonio HaroMEX
Pool 2 26Jean PiotFRA Władysław SegdaPOL
Pool 2 Antonio HaroMEX 5 – 4Emilio SalafiaITA
Pool 2 27Antonio HaroMEX Władysław SegdaPOL

Final Pool (13 August 1932 — 13:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1György PillerHUN814219
2Giulio GaudiniITA723928
3Endre KabosHUN543629
4Erwin CasmirGER543230
5Attila PetschauerHUN543732
6John HuffmanUSA543835
7Ivan OsiierDEN453235
8Arturo De VecchiITA362736
9Norman ArmitageUSA362337
10Emilio SalafiaITA092045

Bout #1 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Endre KabosHUN
Bout #2 György PillerHUN 5 – 0Erwin CasmirGER
Bout #3 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Attila PetschauerHUN
Bout #4 György PillerHUN 5 – 3John HuffmanUSA
Bout #5 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Ivan OsiierDEN
Bout #6 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Arturo De VecchiITA
Bout #7 György PillerHUN 5 – 2Norman ArmitageUSA
Bout #8 György PillerHUN 5 – 1Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #9 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 2György PillerHUN
Bout #10 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Endre KabosHUN
Bout #11 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 4Attila PetschauerHUN
Bout #12 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 4Ivan OsiierDEN
Bout #13 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 2Arturo De VecchiITA
Bout #14 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 0Norman ArmitageUSA
Bout #15 Giulio GaudiniITA 5 – 3Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #16 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 4Attila PetschauerHUN
Bout #17 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 2John HuffmanUSA
Bout #18 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 1Arturo De VecchiITA
Bout #19 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 1Norman ArmitageUSA
Bout #20 Endre KabosHUN 5 – 1Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #21 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 1Giulio GaudiniITA
Bout #22 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 4Endre KabosHUN
Bout #23 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Attila PetschauerHUN
Bout #24 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 2Norman ArmitageUSA
Bout #25 Erwin CasmirGER 5 – 1Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #26 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 4John HuffmanUSA
Bout #27 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 2Ivan OsiierDEN
Bout #28 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 1Arturo De VecchiITA
Bout #29 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 1Norman ArmitageUSA
Bout #30 Attila PetschauerHUN 5 – 4Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #31 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Giulio GaudiniITA
Bout #32 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Erwin CasmirGER
Bout #33 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 3Ivan OsiierDEN
Bout #34 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 2Arturo De VecchiITA
Bout #35 John HuffmanUSA 5 – 4Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #36 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Endre KabosHUN
Bout #37 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Erwin CasmirGER
Bout #38 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 4Arturo De VecchiITA
Bout #39 Ivan OsiierDEN 5 – 2Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #40 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Erwin CasmirGER
Bout #41 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Norman ArmitageUSA
Bout #42 Arturo De VecchiITA 5 – 2Emilio SalafiaITA
Bout #43 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 4John HuffmanUSA
Bout #44 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 1Ivan OsiierDEN
Bout #45 Norman ArmitageUSA 5 – 2Emilio SalafiaITA