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Foil, Individual, Men

Date3 – 4 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationPalace of Engineering, Wembley, London
Participants63 from 25 countries

French wine merchant Jéhan de Buhan lost arguably the best years of his career to the 12-year gap between Olympic Games caused by the Second World War. It seemed that he had been eclipsed by younger talents particularly in the shape of Christian d’Oriola who won the 1947 World title as a teenager. De Buhan had also been a World Champion in 1947 but in épée rather than foil and it was for that weapon that he was originally chosen to compete in the London Games. Circumstances within the French team meant that he switched events to foil and he made the most of his opportunity. He lost only once in his 25 bouts and defeated d’Oriola 5-2 in what was to prove the decisive match of the final pool. The bronze medal was decided by a tiebreaker with Lajos Maszlay of Hungary edging home favourite Emrys Lloyd on the ratio of hits given to those taken.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Jéhan de BuhanFRAGold
2Christian d'OriolaFRASilver
3Lajos MaszlayHUNBronze
4Emrys LloydGBR
5René BougnolFRA
6Manlio Di RosaITA
7Paul ValckeBEL
8Ivan RubenDEN
5 p1 r3/4Renzo NostiniITA
5 p2 r3/4Dean CetruloUSA
6 p1 r3/4Henri PaternósterBEL
6 p2 r3/4Giuliano NostiniITA
7 p1 r3/4Osman Abdel HafeezEGY
7 p2 r3/4Félix GalimiARG
8 p1 r3/4Silvio GiolitoUSA
8 p2 r3/4Bo ErikssonSWE
5 p1 r2/4André Van De Werve De VorsselaerBEL
5 p2 r2/4Aage LeidersdorffDEN
5 p3 r2/4René PaulGBR
5 p4 r2/4Sergio IesiURU
6 p1 r2/4Hassan TawfikEGY
6 p2 r2/4Arthur SmithGBR
6 p3 r2/4Henny ter WeerNED
6 p4 r2/4Manuel TorrenteARG
7 p1 r2/4Endre PalóczHUN
7 p2 r2/4Fulvio GalimiARG
7 p3 r2/4Conrad SchlaepferSUI
7 p4 r2/4Mahmoud YounesEGY
8 p1 r2/4Daniel RossiURU
8 p2 r2/4Walo HörningSUI
8 p3 r2/4Ferdinando AlessandriBRA
8 p4 r2/4Nils RydströmSWE
5 p1 r1/4Émile GretschLUX
5 p2 r1/4Armando BarrientosCUB
5 p3 r1/4Ole AlbrechtsenDEN
5 p4 r1/4Léon BuckLUX
5 p5 r1/4Nate LubellUSA
5 p6 r1/4Kauko JalkanenFIN
5 p7 r1/4Gust LameschLUX
5 p8 r1/4József HátszeghyHUN
6 p1 r1/4Lucilo de la PeñaCUB
6 p2 r1/4Ioannis KaramazakisGRE
6 p3 r1/4Heikki RaitioFIN
6 p4 r1/4Konstantinos BembisGRE
6 p5 r1/4Johannes ZoetNED
6 p6 r1/4Emiliano CamargoCOL
6 p8 r1/4Stefanos ZintzosGRE
=6 p7 r1/4Nihat BalkanTUR
=6 p7 r1/4Alfredo GrisiMEX
7 p1 r1/4Hugo HiguerasPER
7 p2 r1/4Jaime UcarURU
7 p3 r1/4Enrique AccorsiCHI
7 p4 r1/4Nick ThuillierIRL
7 p5 r1/4Jorge AgostiniCUB
7 p8 r1/4Alf HornCAN
=7 p6 r1/4Jean RubliSUI
=7 p6 r1/4Eddy KuijpersNED
8 p2 r1/4Georges PouliotCAN
8 p4 r1/4Roland AsselinCAN
8 p5 r1/4Owen TuohyIRL
8 p8 r1/4Nejat TulgarTUR
=8 p1 r1/4Salvatore ScianameaBRA
=8 p1 r1/4Tom SmithIRL

Round One (3 August 1948)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Manlio Di RosaITA6116Q
2Fulvio GalimiARG6118Q
3Aage LeidersdorffDEN6224Q
4Walo HörningSUI53Q
5Émile GretschLUX53
6Lucilo de la PeñaCUB34
7Hugo HiguerasPER25
=8Salvatore ScianameaBRA07
=8Tom SmithIRL07

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Giuliano NostiniITA70Q
2André Van De Werve De VorsselaerBEL51Q
3Mahmoud YounesEGY43Q
4Nils RydströmSWE43Q
5Armando BarrientosCUB43
6Ioannis KaramazakisGRE25
7Jaime UcarURU15
8Georges PouliotCAN07

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Emrys LloydGBR51Q
2Henri PaternósterBEL4218Q
3Renzo NostiniITA4220Q
4Endre PalóczHUN33Q
5Ole AlbrechtsenDEN33
6Heikki RaitioFIN24
7Enrique AccorsiCHI06

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Christian d'OriolaFRA70Q
2Lajos MaszlayHUN5219Q
3Ferdinando AlessandriBRA5222Q
4Henny ter WeerNED43Q
5Léon BuckLUX3427
6Konstantinos BembisGRE3430
7Nick ThuillierIRL16
8Roland AsselinCAN07

Pool Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jéhan de BuhanFRA60Q
2Bo ErikssonSWE5220Q
3Daniel RossiURU5222Q
4Hassan TawfikEGY43Q
5Nate LubellUSA34
6Johannes ZoetNED2531
7Jorge AgostiniCUB2427
8Owen TuohyIRL07

Pool Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Dean CetruloUSA70Q
2René BougnolFRA61Q
3Manuel TorrenteARG52Q
4Arthur SmithGBR43Q
5Kauko JalkanenFIN2530
6Emiliano CamargoCOL2532
=7Jean RubliSUI1529
=7Eddy KuijpersNED1634

Pool Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1René PaulGBR5117Q
2Félix GalimiARG5120Q
3Silvio GiolitoUSA42Q
4Osman Abdel HafeezEGY33Q
5Gust LameschLUX33
=6Nihat BalkanTUR05
=6Alfredo GrisiMEX05

Pool Eight

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Sergio IesiURU6116Q
2Paul ValckeBEL6118Q
3Ivan RubenDEN52Q
4Conrad SchlaepferSUI43Q
5József HátszeghyHUN43
6Stefanos ZintzosGRE25
7Alf HornCAN16
8Nejat TulgarTUR07

Quarter-Finals (4 August 1948)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Giuliano NostiniITA60Q
2René BougnolFRA51Q
3Ivan RubenDEN4323Q
4Dean CetruloUSA4326Q
5André Van De Werve De VorsselaerBEL34
6Hassan TawfikEGY25
7Endre PalóczHUN15
8Daniel RossiURU15

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Manlio Di RosaITA60Q
2Jéhan de BuhanFRA51Q
3Silvio GiolitoUSA4222Q
4Bo ErikssonSWE4223Q
5Aage LeidersdorffDEN2422
6Arthur SmithGBR2427
7Fulvio GalimiARG15
8Walo HörningSUI06

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
=1Christian d'OriolaFRA613318Q
=1Félix GalimiARG613318Q
3Henri PaternósterBEL4321Q
4Osman Abdel HafeezEGY4222Q
5René PaulGBR34
6Henny ter WeerNED24
7Conrad SchlaepferSUI15
8Ferdinando AlessandriBRA06

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Renzo NostiniITA5112Q
2Emrys LloydGBR512816Q
3Lajos MaszlayHUN512716Q
4Paul ValckeBEL5220Q
5Sergio IesiURU34
6Manuel TorrenteARG1526
7Mahmoud YounesEGY1527
8Nils RydströmSWE06

Semi-Finals (4 August 1948)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jéhan de BuhanFRA60Q
2Christian d'OriolaFRA51Q
3Ivan RubenDEN4218Q
4Emrys LloydGBR4222Q
5Renzo NostiniITA24
6Henri PaternósterBEL1528
7Osman Abdel HafeezEGY151829
8Silvio GiolitoUSA151729

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
=1Lajos MaszlayHUN5118Q
=1Paul ValckeBEL5222Q
=1René BougnolFRA5223Q
4Manlio Di RosaITA43Q
5Dean CetruloUSA43
6Giuliano NostiniITA24
7Félix GalimiARG15
8Bo ErikssonSWE06

Final Pool (4 August 1948)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jéhan de BuhanFRA703514
2Christian d'OriolaFRA522918
3Lajos MaszlayHUN432522
4Emrys LloydGBR432329
5René BougnolFRA342826
6Manlio Di RosaITA342227
7Paul ValckeBEL162331
8Ivan RubenDEN161533

Bout #1 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 2Christian d'OriolaFRA
Bout #2 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 0Lajos MaszlayHUN
Bout #3 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 1Emrys LloydGBR
Bout #4 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 4René BougnolFRA
Bout #5 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 4Manlio Di RosaITA
Bout #6 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 3Paul ValckeBEL
Bout #7 Jéhan de BuhanFRA 5 – 0Ivan RubenDEN
Bout #8 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2Lajos MaszlayHUN
Bout #9 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 1René BougnolFRA
Bout #10 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 0Manlio Di RosaITA
Bout #11 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 3Paul ValckeBEL
Bout #12 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2Ivan RubenDEN
Bout #13 Lajos MaszlayHUN 5 – 0Emrys LloydGBR
Bout #14 Lajos MaszlayHUN 5 – 2Manlio Di RosaITA
Bout #15 Lajos MaszlayHUN 5 – 2Paul ValckeBEL
Bout #16 Lajos MaszlayHUN 5 – 3Ivan RubenDEN
Bout #17 Emrys LloydGBR 5 – 2Christian d'OriolaFRA
Bout #18 Emrys LloydGBR 5 – 4René BougnolFRA
Bout #19 Emrys LloydGBR 5 – 4Paul ValckeBEL
Bout #20 Emrys LloydGBR 5 – 4Ivan RubenDEN
Bout #21 René BougnolFRA 5 – 3Lajos MaszlayHUN
Bout #22 René BougnolFRA 5 – 3Paul ValckeBEL
Bout #23 René BougnolFRA 5 – 0Ivan RubenDEN
Bout #24 Manlio Di RosaITA 5 – 2Emrys LloydGBR
Bout #25 Manlio Di RosaITA 5 – 4René BougnolFRA
Bout #26 Manlio Di RosaITA 5 – 1Ivan RubenDEN
Bout #27 Paul ValckeBEL 5 – 1Manlio Di RosaITA
Bout #28 Ivan RubenDEN 5 – 3Paul ValckeBEL