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Foil, Individual, Men

Date23 – 24 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationWestendin tennishalli, Espoo
Participants61 from 25 countries

Christian d’Oriola had won Olympic silver in 1948 whilst still a teenager. Four years on and he was a four-time World Champion and was established as one of the finest fencers in the world. He struggled at the quarter-final phase and had to survive a barrage to progress but went on to compile a perfect 8-0 record in the final pool to win the Olympic title. Italian fencers claimed the other medals with soon to be crowned épée champion Edoardo Mangiarotti taking the silver and Manlio Di Rosa winning bronze. Coincidentally all three medal winners were left handed. D’Oriola would retain the title in Melbourne.

In the pools, if two or more fencers had the same number of victories and the tie had to be broken to determine which fencer(s) qualified for the next round or to determine the gold medalist in the final round, then barrage bouts were fenced to resolve the tie. In all other cases, ties were resolved by whichever fencers had the fewest number of touches received or, if there was a tie in touches received, then by the greatest number of touches given. The number of touches scored in the barrage bouts is not known.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Christian d'OriolaFRAGold
2Edoardo MangiarottiITASilver
3Manlio Di RosaITABronze
4Jacques LatasteFRA
5Jéhan de BuhanFRA
6Mahmoud YounesEGY
7Salah DessoukiEGY
8Giancarlo BergaminiITA
9Endre TilliHUN
4 p1 r3/4André VerhalleBEL
4 p2 r3/4Lajos MaszlayHUN
4 p3 r3/4Endre PalóczHUN
5 p1 r3/4Nate LubellUSA
5 p2 r3/4Albie AxelrodUSA
5 p3 r3/4Bo ErikssonSWE
6 p1 r3/4Mohamed RiadEGY
6 p2 r3/4Nils RydströmSWE
6 p3 r3/4René PaulGBR
4 p1 r2/4Jerzy TwardokensPOL
4 p2 r2/4Jerzy PawłowskiPOL
4 p4 r2/4Yulen UralovURS
4 p5 r2/4Daniel BukantzUSA
4 p6 r2/4Rolf MagnussonSWE
=4 p3 r2/4Fulvio GalimiARG
=4 p3 r2/4Luke WendonGBR
=4 p3 r2/4Paul ValckeBEL
5 p1 r2/4Raymond PaulGBR
5 p2 r2/4Kurt LindemanFIN
5 p4 r2/4Gustave BallisterBEL
5 p5 r2/4German BokunURS
5 p6 r2/4Vasile ChelaruROU
6 p1 r2/4Mark MidlerURS
6 p2 r2/4Félix GalimiARG
6 p4 r2/4Norman CasmirGER
6 p5 r2/4Leif KletteNOR
6 p6 r2/4John FethersAUS
7 p2 r2/4Sergio IesiURU
7 p3 r2/4Nicolae MarinescuROU
7 p4 r2/4Benito RamosMEX
7 p5 r2/4Andrei VîlceaROU
5 p1 r1/4Karl BachSAA
5 p2 r1/4Ivan LundAUS
5 p3 r1/4Harry ThuillierIRL
5 p4 r1/4Kurt WahlGER
5 p6 r1/4José RodríguezARG
5 p7 r1/4Heikki RaitioFIN
=5 p5 r1/4Julius EiseneckerGER
=5 p5 r1/4Paddy DuffyIRL
=5 p5 r1/4Ernst RauSAA
6 p2 r1/4Juan KavanaghVEN
6 p3 r1/4Jock GibsonAUS
6 p4 r1/4Shinichi MakiJPN
6 p6 r1/4Edward BrookeCAN
6 p7 r1/4Günther KnödlerSAA
=6 p1 r1/4Ricardo RiminiURU
=6 p1 r1/4Augusto GutiérrezVEN
7 p2 r1/4Roland AsselinCAN
7 p4 r1/4Rubén SoberónGUA
7 p6 r1/4Eduardo LópezGUA
7 p7 r1/4Abelardo MenéndezCUB
8 p5 r1/4Giovanni BertorelliVEN

Round One (23 July 1952 — 8:00)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Vasile ChelaruROU4112Q
2Nate LubellUSA4114Q
3Benito RamosMEX4119Q
4Mark MidlerURS3111Q
5Karl BachSAA2428
=6Ricardo RiminiURU0420
=6Augusto GutiérrezVEN0525

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Rolf MagnussonSWE5114Q
=2German BokunURS4113Q
=2Félix GalimiARG4117Q
4Raymond PaulGBR3323Q
5Ivan LundAUS3323
6Juan KavanaghVEN1528
7Roland AsselinCAN0630

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Bo ErikssonSWE4116Q
2Nicolae MarinescuROU3217Q
3Norman CasmirGER3221Q
4Sergio IesiURU2317Q
5Harry ThuillierIRL2318
6Jock GibsonAUS1422

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1André VerhalleBEL5116Q
=2René PaulGBR4217Q
=2Jerzy TwardokensPOL4116Q
4Fulvio GalimiARG3217Q
5Kurt WahlGER2425
6Shinichi MakiJPN2427
7Rubén SoberónGUA0630

Pool Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
=1Leif KletteNOR5221Q
=1Nils RydströmSWE5226Q
=1Luke WendonGBR5116Q
=1John FethersAUS5220Q
=5Julius EiseneckerGER2420
=5Paddy DuffyIRL2427
=5Ernst RauSAA2528
8Giovanni BertorelliVEN0630

Pool Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
=1Gustave BallisterBEL5113Q
=1Albie AxelrodUSA5010Q
3Kurt LindemanFIN3321Q
4Andrei VîlceaROU3322Q
5José RodríguezARG3323
6Edward BrookeCAN1422
7Eduardo LópezGUA0630

Pool Seven

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Paul ValckeBEL4218Q
2Yulen UralovURS4112Q
3Daniel BukantzUSA4116Q
4Jerzy PawłowskiPOL3218Q
5Heikki RaitioFIN1421
6Günther KnödlerSAA1422
7Abelardo MenéndezCUB1424

Quarter-Finals (23 July 1952 — 15:00)

Top three finishers in each pool advanced to semi-finals. Competitors from foil team finals were also advanced to quarter-finals.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Manlio Di RosaITA4010Q
=2Salah DessoukiEGY3222Q
=2Bo ErikssonSWE3112Q
4Jerzy TwardokensPOL2320
5Raymond PaulGBR1318
6Mark MidlerURS0420

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Giancarlo BergaminiITA4215Q
2Mahmoud YounesEGY4220Q
3Albie AxelrodUSA4221Q
4Jerzy PawłowskiPOL332026
5Kurt LindemanFIN331926
6Félix GalimiARG2428
7Sergio IesiURU1525

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Edoardo MangiarottiITA607Q
2Mohamed RiadEGY4221Q
3Nils RydströmSWE4225Q
=4Fulvio GalimiARG2424
=4Luke WendonGBR2318
=4Paul ValckeBEL2321
7Nicolae MarinescuROU0630

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1René PaulGBR5117Q
2Christian d'OriolaFRA4216Q
3Endre TilliHUN4223Q
4Yulen UralovURS4219
5Gustave BallisterBEL2426
6Norman CasmirGER1528
7Benito RamosMEX1529

Pool Five

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jacques LatasteFRA6010Q
2Endre PalóczHUN4214Q
3André VerhalleBEL4223Q
4Daniel BukantzUSA3323
5German BokunURS2425
6Leif KletteNOR1529
7Andrei VîlceaROU1529

Pool Six

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jéhan de BuhanFRA4112Q
2Lajos MaszlayHUN3217Q
3Nate LubellUSA2320Q
4Rolf MagnussonSWE2323
5Vasile ChelaruROU2323
6John FethersAUS2321

Semi-Finals (24 July 1952 — 8:00)

Top three finishers in each pool advanced to final.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Jéhan de BuhanFRA4114Q
2Giancarlo BergaminiITA4114Q
3Endre TilliHUN3219Q
4André VerhalleBEL3218
5Nate LubellUSA1424
6Mohamed RiadEGY0525

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Edoardo MangiarottiITA5011Q
2Jacques LatasteFRA4113Q
3Salah DessoukiEGY2317Q
4Lajos MaszlayHUN2319
5Albie AxelrodUSA1422
6Nils RydströmSWE1423

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Christian d'OriolaFRA4113Q
2Manlio Di RosaITA4116Q
3Mahmoud YounesEGY3218Q
4Endre PalóczHUN2320
5Bo ErikssonSWE1422
6René PaulGBR1423

Final Pool (24 July 1952 — 15:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTGTR
1Christian d'OriolaFRA8012
2Edoardo MangiarottiITA6221
3Manlio Di RosaITA5322
4Jacques LatasteFRA4431
5Jéhan de BuhanFRA442933
6Mahmoud YounesEGY442733
7Salah DessoukiEGY2635
8Giancarlo BergaminiITA2636
9Endre TilliHUN1739