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Sabre, Team, Men

Date10 – 11 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationPalace of Engineering, Wembley, London
Participants85 from 17 countries

Hungary had dominated this event throughout the 1930s but they had missed the 1947 World Championships and so Italy arrived at the London Olympics as World Champions. The depth of talent amongst the Hungarians proved decisive as they retained their title with little difficulty. Tibor Berczelly was the outstanding performer and won 15 out of 17 bouts in the tournament. Three members of the Hungarian were also involved in the gold medal victory in Berlin. Italy and the USA tied 8-8 in what was the decisive match for the silver medal with Italy winning on combined hits 61 to 59.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1HungaryHUNGold
Aladár GerevichTibor BerczellyRudolf KárpátiPál KovácsLászló RajcsányiBertalan Papp
2ItalyITASilver
Vincenzo PintonGastone DarèCarlo TurcatoMauro RaccaAldo MontanoRenzo Nostini
3United StatesUSABronze
Norman ArmitageGeorge WorthTibor NyilasDean CetruloMiguel de CaprilesJames Flynn
4BelgiumBEL
Robert BayotGeorges de BourguignonFerdinand JassogneEugène LaermansMarcel NysÉdouard Yves
=5ArgentinaARG
Manuel AgüeroJosé D'AndreaEdgardo PominiJorge CermesoniFernando HuergoDaniel Sande
=5FranceFRA
Jean-François TournonJacques ParentMaurice GramainJacques LefèvreJean LevavasseurGeorges Lévêcque
=5NetherlandsNED
Henny ter WeerAntoon HoeversWillem van den BergFrans MosmanEddy Kuijpers
=5PolandPOL
Antoni SobikBolesław BanaśTeodor ZaczykJerzy WójcikJan Nawrocki
3 p1 r2/4EgyptEGY
Salah DessoukiMohamed ZulficarMahmoud YounesFarid Abou-Shadi
3 p2 r2/4Great BritainGBR
Arthur PilbrowGeorge MooreEmrys LloydRoger TredgoldRobin Brook
3 p3 r2/4CzechoslovakiaTCH
Jindřich KakosSvatopluk SkývaJaroslav StarýAlois SokolJindřich Chmela
3 p4 r2/4AustriaAUT
Werner PlattnerHeinz PutzlHeinz LechnerHubert Loisel
3 p1 r1/4MexicoMEX
Benito RamosFrancisco ValeroAntonio HaroFidel Luna
3 p2 r1/4SwitzerlandSUI
Roland TurianAlphonse RuckstuhlOtto GreterWalter Widemann
3 p3 r1/4TurkeyTUR
Merih SezenNihat BalkanRıza ArsevenSabri TezcanVural Balcan
3 p4 r1/4CanadaCAN
Robert DesjarlaisAlf HornRoland AsselinGeorges Pouliot
3 p5 r1/4GreeceGRE
Nikolaos KhristogiannopoulosAthanasios NanopoulosIoannis KaramazakisAndreas Skotidas

Round One (10 August 1948)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1EgyptEGY10133Q
Salah DessoukiMohamed ZulficarMahmoud YounesFarid Abou-Shadi
2CzechoslovakiaTCH1092Q
Jindřich KakosSvatopluk SkývaJaroslav StarýAlois Sokol
3MexicoMEX02522
Benito RamosFrancisco ValeroAntonio HaroFidel Luna

Pool One EGY 13 – 3MEX
Pool One TCH 9 – 2MEX

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1AustriaAUT10142Q
Werner PlattnerHeinz PutzlHeinz LechnerHubert Loisel
2FranceFRA1091Q
Jean-François TournonJacques ParentMaurice GramainJacques Lefèvre
3SwitzerlandSUI02323
Roland TurianAlphonse RuckstuhlOtto GreterWalter Widemann

Pool Two AUT 14 – 2SUI
Pool Two FRA 9 – 1SUI

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1PolandPOL10115Q
Antoni SobikBolesław BanaśTeodor ZaczykJerzy Wójcik
2BelgiumBEL1092Q
Robert BayotEugène LaermansMarcel NysÉdouard Yves
3TurkeyTUR02720
Merih SezenNihat BalkanRıza ArsevenSabri TezcanVural Balcan

Pool Three POL 11 – 5TUR
Pool Three BEL 9 – 2TUR

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1NetherlandsNED10133Q
Henny ter WeerAntoon HoeversWillem van den BergFrans Mosman
2ItalyITA1091Q
Vincenzo PintonGastone DarèCarlo TurcatoMauro Racca
3CanadaCAN02422
Robert DesjarlaisAlf HornRoland AsselinGeorges Pouliot

Pool Four NED 13 – 3CAN
Pool Four ITA 9 – 1CAN

Pool Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1United StatesUSA10142Q
Norman ArmitageGeorge WorthDean CetruloMiguel de Capriles
2ArgentinaARG1091Q
Manuel AgüeroJosé D'AndreaEdgardo PominiJorge Cermesoni
3GreeceGRE02323
Nikolaos KhristogiannopoulosAthanasios NanopoulosIoannis KaramazakisAndreas Skotidas

Pool Five USA 14 – 2GRE
Pool Five ARG 9 – 1GRE

Pool Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
ACGreat BritainGBRQ
ACHungaryHUNQ

Quarter-Finals (11 August 1948)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1BelgiumBEL10133Q
Georges de BourguignonFerdinand JassogneEugène LaermansÉdouard Yves
2HungaryHUN1093Q
Aladár GerevichTibor BerczellyLászló RajcsányiBertalan Papp
3EgyptEGY02622
Salah DessoukiMohamed ZulficarMahmoud YounesFarid Abou-Shadi

Pool One BEL 13 – 3EGY
Pool One HUN 9 – 3EGY

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1United StatesUSA10115Q
Norman ArmitageGeorge WorthDean CetruloMiguel de Capriles
2ItalyITA1094Q
Gastone DarèCarlo TurcatoAldo MontanoRenzo Nostini
3Great BritainGBR02920
Arthur PilbrowGeorge MooreEmrys LloydRoger TredgoldRobin Brook

Pool Two USA 11 – 5GBR
Pool Two ITA 9 – 4GBR

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ArgentinaARG201814Q
Manuel AgüeroJorge CermesoniFernando HuergoEdgardo Pomini
2NetherlandsNED111713Q
Henny ter WeerWillem van den BergFrans MosmanEddy Kuijpers
3CzechoslovakiaTCH021319
Jindřich KakosSvatopluk SkývaJaroslav StarýAlois SokolJindřich Chmela

Pool Three ARG 9 – 7NED
Pool Three ARG 9 – 7TCH
Pool Three NED 10 – 6TCH

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA10106Q
Jean-François TournonMaurice GramainJacques LefèvreJean Levavasseur
2PolandPOL1088Q
Antoni SobikBolesław BanaśTeodor ZaczykJerzy Wójcik
3AustriaAUT021418
Werner PlattnerHeinz PutzlHeinz LechnerHubert Loisel

Pool Four FRA 10 – 6AUT
Pool Four POL 8 – 8AUT

Semi-Finals (11 August 1948)

Top two finishers in each pool advanced to final.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1HungaryHUN20274Q
Aladár GerevichTibor BerczellyRudolf KárpátiPál KovácsLászló RajcsányiBertalan Papp
2BelgiumBEL201811Q
Georges de BourguignonFerdinand JassogneEugène LaermansMarcel NysÉdouard Yves
3PolandPOL021021
Antoni SobikBolesław BanaśTeodor ZaczykJerzy WójcikJan Nawrocki
4ArgentinaARG02524
Manuel AgüeroJosé D'AndreaEdgardo PominiJorge CermesoniFernando HuergoDaniel Sande

Pool One HUN 12 – 3POL
Pool One HUN 15 – 1ARG
Pool One BEL 9 – 7POL
Pool One BEL 9 – 4ARG

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ItalyITA20228Q
Vincenzo PintonGastone DarèCarlo TurcatoMauro RaccaAldo MontanoRenzo Nostini
2United StatesUSA20207Q
Norman ArmitageGeorge WorthTibor NyilasDean CetruloMiguel de Capriles
3FranceFRA021020
Jean-François TournonMaurice GramainJacques LefèvreJean LevavasseurGeorges Lévêcque
4NetherlandsNED02522
Henny ter WeerWillem van den BergFrans MosmanEddy Kuijpers

Pool Two ITA 9 – 5FRA
Pool Two ITA 13 – 3NED
Pool Two USA 11 – 5FRA
Pool Two USA 9 – 2NED

Final Pool (11 August 1948)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1HungaryHUN302913
Aladár GerevichTibor BerczellyRudolf KárpátiPál KovácsLászló Rajcsányi
2ItalyITA212424
Vincenzo PintonGastone DarèCarlo TurcatoMauro RaccaRenzo Nostini
3United StatesUSA122423
Norman ArmitageGeorge WorthTibor NyilasDean CetruloMiguel de CaprilesJames Flynn
4BelgiumBEL031229
Robert BayotGeorges de BourguignonFerdinand JassogneEugène LaermansMarcel NysÉdouard Yves

Team Bout A HUN 10 – 6ITA
Team Bout B HUN 10 – 6USA
Team Bout C HUN 9 – 1BEL
Team Bout D ITA 8/61 – 8/59USA
Team Bout E ITA 10 – 6BEL
Team Bout F USA 10 – 5BEL