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Foil, Individual, Women

Date2 – 4 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationState Armory of the 160th Infantry, Olympic Park, Los Angeles, California
Participants17 from 11 countries

Whenever it will be spoken in Olympic history about women’s fencing, one of the outstanding personalities was German-American defending champion Helene Mayer. She was the clear favorite for gold, with no serious rivals, having won the 1929 and 1931 World Championships. Other medal contenders were Belgian Jenny Addams, the 1930 World Champion, and Austria’s Ellen Preis. Preis had placed third at the 1932 World Championships. Of dual German/Austrian nationality, she wanted to fence for Germany in 1932, but was denied by the German federation, possibly because of her Jewish heritage (although Mayer was also Jewish).

In the preliminary round, Mayer demonstrated her superiority by winning all bouts. In the second preliminary round group the Hungarian Erna Bogen and Preis impressed the spectators.

Mayer’s boyfriend had died shortly before the Olympics began and this may have affected her in the final pool where Mayer was surprisingly upset by Addams by 5-4 hits and lost by the same score against Erna Bogen. Next, she led 4-1 against Preis, but again lost, 5-4. Preis and the British Judy Guinness ended up the best in the final group with eight wins and a fence-off was won by Preis by a score of 5-3.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Ellen PreisAUTGold
2Judy GuinnessGBRSilver
3Erna BogenHUNBronze
4Jenny AddamsBEL
5Helene MayerGER
6Jo de BoerNED
7Gerda MunckDEN
8Grete OlsenDEN
8Marion LloydUSA
10Peggy ButlerGBR
6 p1 r1/2Dorothy LockeUSA
6 p2 r1/2Margit DanÿHUN
7 p1 r1/2Inger KlintDEN
7 p2 r1/2Muriel GuggolzUSA
8 p1 r1/2Joan ArchibaldCAN
8 p2 r1/2Jeanne VicalFRA
9 p1 r1/2Eugenia EscuderoMEX

Round One (2 August 1932 — 13:00)

Top five in each pool qualify for the semi-finals.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jenny AddamsBEL623623Q
2Erna BogenHUN512719Q
3Ellen PreisAUT512921Q
4Grete OlsenDEN523322Q
5Peggy ButlerGBR432921Q
6Dorothy LockeUSA352832
7Inger KlintDEN251631
8Joan ArchibaldCAN151626
9Eugenia EscuderoMEX061130

Pool One Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 4Grete OlsenDEN
Pool One Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 1Peggy ButlerGBR
Pool One Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 2Dorothy LockeUSA
Pool One Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 4Inger KlintDEN
Pool One Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 2Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 0Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Erna BogenHUN 5 – 2Jenny AddamsBEL
Pool One Erna BogenHUN 5 – 4Ellen PreisAUT
Pool One Erna BogenHUN 5 – 4Peggy ButlerGBR
Pool One Erna BogenHUN 5 – 2Dorothy LockeUSA
Pool One 1Erna BogenHUN Inger KlintDEN
Pool One 2Erna BogenHUN Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One Erna BogenHUN 5 – 2Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 4Jenny AddamsBEL
Pool One Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 4Grete OlsenDEN
Pool One 3Ellen PreisAUT Peggy ButlerGBR
Pool One Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 2Dorothy LockeUSA
Pool One Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 4Inger KlintDEN
Pool One 4Ellen PreisAUT Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 2Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 2Erna BogenHUN
Pool One Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 4Peggy ButlerGBR
Pool One Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 4Dorothy LockeUSA
Pool One Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 0Inger KlintDEN
Pool One Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 2Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One 5Grete OlsenDEN Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Peggy ButlerGBR 5 – 3Dorothy LockeUSA
Pool One Peggy ButlerGBR 5 – 1Inger KlintDEN
Pool One Peggy ButlerGBR 5 – 0Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One Peggy ButlerGBR 5 – 2Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Dorothy LockeUSA 5 – 2Inger KlintDEN
Pool One Dorothy LockeUSA 5 – 3Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One Dorothy LockeUSA 5 – 2Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Inger KlintDEN 5 – 4Joan ArchibaldCAN
Pool One Inger KlintDEN 5 – 2Eugenia EscuderoMEX
Pool One Joan ArchibaldCAN 5 – 1Eugenia EscuderoMEX

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Helene MayerGER70356Q
2Judy GuinnessGBR523225Q
3Gerda MunckDEN432819Q
4Marion LloydUSA432524Q
5Jo de BoerNED432725Q
6Margit DanÿHUN342428
7Muriel GuggolzUSA161431
8Jeanne VicalFRA07835

Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 3Judy GuinnessGBR
Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 0Gerda MunckDEN
Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 0Marion LloydUSA
Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 2Jo de BoerNED
Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 1Margit DanÿHUN
Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 0Muriel GuggolzUSA
Pool Two Helene MayerGER 5 – 0Jeanne VicalFRA
Pool Two Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 4Gerda MunckDEN
Pool Two Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 4Jo de BoerNED
Pool Two Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 2Margit DanÿHUN
Pool Two Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 3Muriel GuggolzUSA
Pool Two Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 2Jeanne VicalFRA
Pool Two Gerda MunckDEN 5 – 2Marion LloydUSA
Pool Two Gerda MunckDEN 5 – 1Jo de BoerNED
Pool Two Gerda MunckDEN 5 – 1Muriel GuggolzUSA
Pool Two Gerda MunckDEN 5 – 0Jeanne VicalFRA
Pool Two Marion LloydUSA 5 – 4Judy GuinnessGBR
Pool Two Marion LloydUSA 5 – 4Margit DanÿHUN
Pool Two Marion LloydUSA 5 – 0Muriel GuggolzUSA
Pool Two Marion LloydUSA 5 – 1Jeanne VicalFRA
Pool Two Jo de BoerNED 5 – 3Marion LloydUSA
Pool Two Jo de BoerNED 5 – 2Margit DanÿHUN
Pool Two Jo de BoerNED 5 – 2Muriel GuggolzUSA
Pool Two Jo de BoerNED 5 – 3Jeanne VicalFRA
Pool Two Margit DanÿHUN 5 – 4Gerda MunckDEN
Pool Two Margit DanÿHUN 5 – 3Muriel GuggolzUSA
Pool Two Margit DanÿHUN 5 – 1Jeanne VicalFRA
Pool Two Muriel GuggolzUSA 5 – 1Jeanne VicalFRA

Final Pool (4 August 1932 — 13:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
=1Ellen PreisAUT814427
=1Judy GuinnessGBR814319
3Erna BogenHUN723830
4Jenny AddamsBEL633729
5Helene MayerGER543827
6Jo de BoerNED543035
7Gerda MunckDEN272939
8Grete OlsenDEN273142
8Marion LloydUSA272642
10Peggy ButlerGBR091945

Bout #1 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 3Judy GuinnessGBR
Barrage for 1/2 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 3Judy GuinnessGBR
Bout #2 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 2Erna BogenHUN
Bout #3 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 1Jenny AddamsBEL
Bout #4 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 4Helene MayerGER
Bout #5 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 4Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #6 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 4Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #7 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 2Marion LloydUSA
Bout #8 Ellen PreisAUT 5 – 2Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #9 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 1Erna BogenHUN
Bout #10 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 2Jenny AddamsBEL
Bout #11 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 1Helene MayerGER
Bout #12 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 1Jo de BoerNED
Bout #13 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 3Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #14 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 4Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #15 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 1Marion LloydUSA
Bout #16 Judy GuinnessGBR 5 – 1Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #17 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 4Jenny AddamsBEL
Bout #18 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 4Helene MayerGER
Bout #19 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 1Jo de BoerNED
Bout #20 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 3Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #21 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 4Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #22 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 3Marion LloydUSA
Bout #23 Erna BogenHUN 5 – 1Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #24 Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 4Helene MayerGER
Bout #25 Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 2Jo de BoerNED
Bout #26 Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 3Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #27 Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 1Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #28 Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 2Marion LloydUSA
Bout #29 Jenny AddamsBEL 5 – 2Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #30 Helene MayerGER 5 – 1Jo de BoerNED
Bout #31 Helene MayerGER 5 – 2Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #32 Helene MayerGER 5 – 1Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #33 Helene MayerGER 5 – 2Marion LloydUSA
Bout #34 Helene MayerGER 5 – 1Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #35 Jo de BoerNED 5 – 4Ellen PreisAUT
Bout #36 Jo de BoerNED 5 – 1Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #37 Jo de BoerNED 5 – 3Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #38 Jo de BoerNED 5 – 4Marion LloydUSA
Bout #39 Jo de BoerNED 5 – 3Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #40 Gerda MunckDEN 5 – 2Marion LloydUSA
Bout #41 Gerda MunckDEN 5 – 2Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #42 Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 3Gerda MunckDEN
Bout #43 Grete OlsenDEN 5 – 4Peggy ButlerGBR
Bout #44 Marion LloydUSA 5 – 4Grete OlsenDEN
Bout #45 Marion LloydUSA 5 – 3Peggy ButlerGBR

Barrage for 1/2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Ellen PreisAUT1053
2Judy GuinnessGBR0135