| Event type

Foil, Individual, Women

Date31 July – 2 August 1948
LocationPalace of Engineering, Wembley, London
Participants39 from 15 countries

It might have been 12 years since the Berlin Olympics but Ilona Elek-Schacherer of Hungary was still the best female fencer in the world. After surviving a barrage in her quarter-final pool, she recovered to become the first woman to retain an Olympic title in fencing. Her attempt at a third straight title in 1952 was thwarted only by the narrowest of margins.

Karen Lachmann of Denmark improved from fifth in Berlin to place second in London with Ellen Müller-Preis of Austria winning a third successive medal behind her.

1Ilona ElekHUNGold
2Karen LachmannDENSilver
3Ellen Müller-PreisAUTBronze
4Maria CerraUSA
5Fritzi FilzAUT
6Margit ElekHUN
7Velleda CesariITA
8Mary Glen-HaigGBR
5 p1 r3/4Irene Camber-CornoITA
5 p2 r3/4Jenny AddamsBEL
6 p1 r3/4Éva KunHUN
6 p2 r3/4Gytte MintonGBR
4 p1 r2/4Irma de AntequedaARG
4 p2 r2/4Renée GarilheFRA
4 p3 r2/4Grethe OlsenDEN
4 p4 r2/4Jan YorkUSA
5 p1 r2/4Louisette MalherbaudFRA
5 p3 r2/4Françoise GounyFRA
5 p4 r2/4Elsa IrigoyenARG
=5 p2 r2/4Elena LiberaITA
=5 p2 r2/4Kate MahautDEN
6 p1 r2/4Gabriele ZeilingerAUT
6 p3 r2/4Helena DowUSA
6 p4 r2/4Anita KlüpfelSUI
5 p1 r1/4Mary Meyer-van der SluisNED
5 p2 r1/4Anja SecrèveNED
5 p3 r1/4Rhoda MartinCAN
5 p4 r1/4Enriqueta MayoraMEX
5 p5 r1/4Betty ArbuthnottGBR
5 p6 r1/4Hedwig RiederSUI
6 p1 r1/4Irena NawrockaPOL
6 p2 r1/4Nadia BoudesoqueMEX
6 p3 r1/4Nélida FulloneARG
6 p4 r1/4Betty HamiltonCAN
6 p5 r1/4Vera HagemannSUI
6 p6 r1/4Adèle ChristiaensBEL
7 p1 r1/4Tommy DermodyIRL
7 p2 r1/4Emilie SchwindBEL
7 p6 r1/4Emma RuizMEX

Round One (31 July 1948)

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

Pool 1 (09:00)

Jury PresidentGyörgy PillerHUN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Maria CerraUSA51Q
2Anita KlüpfelSUI421614Q
3Éva KunHUN422114Q
4Grethe OlsenDEN32Q
5Mary Meyer-van der SluisNED2417
6Irena NawrockaPOL2420
7Tommy DermodyIRL06

Pool 2 (09:00)

Jury PresidentRenato AnselmiITA
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Karen LachmannDEN60Q
2Renée GarilheFRA51Q
3Irene Camber-CornoITA3315Q
4Fritzi FilzAUT3317Q
5Anja SecrèveNED2416
6Nadia BoudesoqueMEX2421
7Emilie SchwindBEL06

Pool 3 (09:00)

Jury PresidentJulien EggermontBEL
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts Lost
1Ilona ElekHUN50Q
2Jan YorkUSA41Q
3Jenny AddamsBEL32Q
4Gytte MintonGBR14Q
5Rhoda MartinCAN14
6Nélida FulloneARG14

Pool 4 (11:00)

Jury PresidentGyörgy PillerHUN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Gabriele ZeilingerAUT41Q
2Françoise GounyFRA3210Q
3Kate MahautDEN3212Q
4Velleda CesariITA3213Q
5Enriqueta MayoraMEX23
6Betty HamiltonCAN05

Pool 5 (11:00)

Jury PresidentRenato AnselmiITA
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Margit ElekHUN41Q
2Louisette MalherbaudFRA317Q
3Elena LiberaITA3113Q
4Elsa IrigoyenARG23Q
5Betty ArbuthnottGBR1417
6Vera HagemannSUI1418

Pool 6 (11:00)

Jury PresidentJulien EggermontBEL
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTR
1Ellen Müller-PreisAUT519Q
2Mary Glen-HaigGBR5115Q
3Irma de AntequedaARG42Q
4Helena DowUSA33Q
5Hedwig RiederSUI33
6Adèle ChristiaensBEL15
7Emma RuizMEX06

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1948 — 15:00)

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

Pool 1

Jury PresidentIvan OsiierDEN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTR
1Maria CerraUSA4110Q
2Jenny AddamsBEL4113Q
3Gytte MintonGBR32Q
4Irma de AntequedaARG2315
5Louisette MalherbaudFRA2317
6Gabriele ZeilingerAUT05

Pool 2

Jury PresidentJulien EggermontBEL
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts Lost
1Mary Glen-HaigGBR50Q
2Ilona ElekHUN32Q
3Fritzi FilzAUT32Q
4Renée GarilheFRA32
=5Elena LiberaITA04
=5Kate MahautDEN04

Pool 3

Jury PresidentCarlo FilogamoITA
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Ellen Müller-PreisAUT411910Q
2Margit ElekHUN411810Q
3Irene Camber-CornoITA32Q
4Grethe OlsenDEN23
5Françoise GounyFRA1418
6Helena DowUSA1419

Pool 4

Jury PresidentJózsef HátszeghyHUN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTR
1Karen LachmannDEN417Q
2Éva KunHUN4112Q
3Velleda CesariITA32Q
4Jan YorkUSA32
5Elsa IrigoyenARG14
6Anita KlüpfelSUI05

Semi-Finals (2 August 1948 — 09:00)

Top four finishers in each pool advanced to final.

Pool 1

Jury PresidentGyörgy RozgonyiHUN
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Ilona ElekHUN50Q
2Karen LachmannDEN3212Q
3Mary Glen-HaigGBR3213Q
4Fritzi FilzAUT23Q
5Irene Camber-CornoITA23
6Éva KunHUN05

Pool 2

Jury PresidentCarlo FilogamoITA
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Ellen Müller-PreisAUT41Q
=2Maria CerraUSA321513Q
=2Velleda CesariITA321513Q
4Margit ElekHUN3214Q
5Jenny AddamsBEL23
6Gytte MintonGBR05

Final Pool (2 August 1948 — 15:00)

Jury PresidentGeorges HeyvaertBEL
PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1Ilona ElekHUN612715
2Karen LachmannDEN522411
3Ellen Müller-PreisAUT522416
4Maria CerraUSA522316
5Fritzi FilzAUT432021
6Margit ElekHUN161626
7Velleda CesariITA161527
8Mary Glen-HaigGBR161027

Bout #1 Ilona ElekHUN 4 – 2Karen LachmannDEN
Bout #2 Ilona ElekHUN 4 – 2Ellen Müller-PreisAUT
Bout #3 Ilona ElekHUN 4 – 2Maria CerraUSA
Bout #4 Ilona ElekHUN 4 – 3Margit ElekHUN
Bout #5 Ilona ElekHUN 4 – 2Velleda CesariITA
Bout #6 Ilona ElekHUN 4 – 0Mary Glen-HaigGBR
Bout #7 Karen LachmannDEN 4 – 2Ellen Müller-PreisAUT
Bout #8 Karen LachmannDEN 4 – 0Fritzi FilzAUT
Bout #9 Karen LachmannDEN 4 – 1Margit ElekHUN
Bout #10 Karen LachmannDEN 4 – 0Velleda CesariITA
Bout #11 Karen LachmannDEN 4 – 0Mary Glen-HaigGBR
Bout #12 Ellen Müller-PreisAUT 4 – 1Maria CerraUSA
Bout #13 Ellen Müller-PreisAUT 4 – 1Fritzi FilzAUT
Bout #14 Ellen Müller-PreisAUT 4 – 2Margit ElekHUN
Bout #15 Ellen Müller-PreisAUT 4 – 3Velleda CesariITA
Bout #16 Ellen Müller-PreisAUT 4 – 1Mary Glen-HaigGBR
Bout #17 Maria CerraUSA 4 – 2Karen LachmannDEN
Bout #18 Maria CerraUSA 4 – 3Fritzi FilzAUT
Bout #19 Maria CerraUSA 4 – 0Margit ElekHUN
Bout #20 Maria CerraUSA 4 – 2Velleda CesariITA
Bout #21 Maria CerraUSA 4 – 1Mary Glen-HaigGBR
Bout #22 Fritzi FilzAUT 4 – 3Ilona ElekHUN
Bout #23 Fritzi FilzAUT 4 – 3Margit ElekHUN
Bout #24 Fritzi FilzAUT 4 – 1Velleda CesariITA
Bout #25 Fritzi FilzAUT 4 – 2Mary Glen-HaigGBR
Bout #26 Margit ElekHUN 4 – 2Mary Glen-HaigGBR
Bout #27 Velleda CesariITA 4 – 3Margit ElekHUN
Bout #28 Mary Glen-HaigGBR 4 – 3Velleda CesariITA