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Foil, Individual, Men

Date26 November 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationTown Hall, St. Kilda, Victoria
Participants32 from 14 countries

Reigning Olympic champion Christian d’Oriola had been the outstanding fencer in this discipline in the years since the Helsinki Games and had won World titles in both 1953 and 1954. He was runner-up in 1955 behind the young Hungarian József Gyuricza. D’Oriola’s failure to win the 1955 World Championship was partly attributed to his failure to adapt to the new electric foil that was introduced at the championships. By the Melbourne Games it seemed he had overcome his temporary difficulties and adapted to the new technology. The Frenchman retained his Olympic title by winning six out of seven matches in the final pool which was one more than the Italian pair of Giancarlo Bergamini and Antonio Spallino. Bergamini would go on to claim the silver medal with a sudden-death victory over Spallino. D’Oriola was the first man to defend an Olympic title in this event since Nedo Nadi in 1920.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Christian d'OriolaFRAGold
2Giancarlo BergaminiITASilver
3Antonio SpallinoITABronze
4Allan JayGBR
=5József GyuriczaHUN
=5Claude NetterFRA
7Mark MidlerURS
8Raymond PaulGBR
5 p1 r2/3André VerhalleBEL
5 p2 r2/3Günter StratmannGER
6 p1 r2/3Yury RudovURS
6 p2 r2/3Brian McCowageAUS
7 p1 r2/3Albie AxelrodUSA
7 p2 r2/3Iuri Osip'oviURS
8 p1 r2/3Michael SichelAUS
8 p2 r2/3René PaulGBR
5 p1 r1/3Hal GoldsmithUSA
5 p2 r1/3Edoardo MangiarottiITA
5 p3 r1/3Ghislain DelaunoisBEL
5 p4 r1/3Mihály FülöpHUN
6 p1 r1/3Benito RamosMEX
6 p2 r1/3François DehezBEL
6 p3 r1/3Lajos SomodiHUN
6 p4 r1/3David McKenzieAUS
7 p1 r1/3Pablo UribeCOL
7 p2 r1/3Jacques LatasteFRA
7 p3 r1/3Santiago MassiniARG
7 p4 r1/3Roland AsselinCAN
8 p1 r1/3Masayuki SanoJPN
8 p2 r1/3Gabriel BlandoCOL
8 p3 r1/3Byron KriegerUSA
8 p4 r1/3Emilio EcheverryCOL

Round One (26 November 1956 — 8:00)

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

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1József GyuriczaHUN63013Q
2Yury RudovURS52715Q
3Antonio SpallinoITA53018Q
4Allan JayGBR42715Q
5Hal GoldsmithUSA32223
6Benito RamosMEX21928
7Pablo UribeCOL11334
8Masayuki SanoJPN0830

Pool One József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 3Antonio SpallinoITA
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 2Antonio SpallinoITA
Pool One József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 4Allan JayGBR
Pool One Allan JayGBR 5 – 2Yury RudovURS
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 3Allan JayGBR
Pool One József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Hal GoldsmithUSA
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 2Hal GoldsmithUSA
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 2Hal GoldsmithUSA
Pool One Allan JayGBR 5 – 1Hal GoldsmithUSA
Pool One József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Benito RamosMEX
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 1Benito RamosMEX
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 3Benito RamosMEX
Pool One Allan JayGBR 5 – 2Benito RamosMEX
Pool One Hal GoldsmithUSA 5 – 1Benito RamosMEX
Pool One József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Pablo UribeCOL
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 3Pablo UribeCOL
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 0Pablo UribeCOL
Pool One Allan JayGBR 5 – 0Pablo UribeCOL
Pool One Hal GoldsmithUSA 5 – 2Pablo UribeCOL
Pool One Benito RamosMEX 5 – 1Pablo UribeCOL
Pool One József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 0Masayuki SanoJPN
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 2Masayuki SanoJPN
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 0Masayuki SanoJPN
Pool One Hal GoldsmithUSA 5 – 0Masayuki SanoJPN
Pool One Benito RamosMEX 5 – 2Masayuki SanoJPN
Pool One Pablo UribeCOL 5 – 4Masayuki SanoJPN

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Michael SichelAUS53219Q
2Iuri Osip'oviURS52921Q
3Albie AxelrodUSA53126Q
4Günter StratmannGER43025Q
5Edoardo MangiarottiITA42619
6François DehezBEL32128
7Jacques LatasteFRA12232
8Gabriel BlandoCOL11834

Pool Two Michael SichelAUS 5 – 3Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two Albie AxelrodUSA 5 – 4Michael SichelAUS
Pool Two Iuri Osip'oviURS 5 – 3Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 3Michael SichelAUS
Pool Two Iuri Osip'oviURS 5 – 0Günter StratmannGER
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 3Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool Two Michael SichelAUS 5 – 2Edoardo MangiarottiITA
Pool Two Iuri Osip'oviURS 5 – 3Edoardo MangiarottiITA
Pool Two Albie AxelrodUSA 5 – 1Edoardo MangiarottiITA
Pool Two Edoardo MangiarottiITA 5 – 2Günter StratmannGER
Pool Two Michael SichelAUS 5 – 0François DehezBEL
Pool Two François DehezBEL 5 – 1Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two Albie AxelrodUSA 5 – 4François DehezBEL
Pool Two François DehezBEL 5 – 3Günter StratmannGER
Pool Two Edoardo MangiarottiITA 5 – 0François DehezBEL
Pool Two Michael SichelAUS 5 – 3Jacques LatasteFRA
Pool Two Iuri Osip'oviURS 5 – 3Jacques LatasteFRA
Pool Two Albie AxelrodUSA 5 – 3Jacques LatasteFRA
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 2Jacques LatasteFRA
Pool Two Edoardo MangiarottiITA 5 – 2Jacques LatasteFRA
Pool Two Jacques LatasteFRA 5 – 2François DehezBEL
Pool Two Michael SichelAUS 5 – 1Gabriel BlandoCOL
Pool Two Iuri Osip'oviURS 5 – 2Gabriel BlandoCOL
Pool Two Albie AxelrodUSA 5 – 4Gabriel BlandoCOL
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 2Gabriel BlandoCOL
Pool Two Edoardo MangiarottiITA 5 – 0Gabriel BlandoCOL
Pool Two François DehezBEL 5 – 4Gabriel BlandoCOL
Pool Two Gabriel BlandoCOL 5 – 4Jacques LatasteFRA

Pool Three

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Claude NetterFRA52917Q
2Brian McCowageAUS52517Q
3Raymond PaulGBR43122Q
4Giancarlo BergaminiITA42323Q
5Ghislain DelaunoisBEL42627
6Lajos SomodiHUN22024
7Santiago MassiniARG11926
8Byron KriegerUSA11330

Pool Three Claude NetterFRA 5 – 4Raymond PaulGBR
Pool Three Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 0Brian McCowageAUS
Pool Three Claude NetterFRA 5 – 0Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Pool Three Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 0Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Pool Three Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 3Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Pool Three Ghislain DelaunoisBEL 5 – 4Claude NetterFRA
Pool Three Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 4Ghislain DelaunoisBEL
Pool Three Ghislain DelaunoisBEL 5 – 3Raymond PaulGBR
Pool Three Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 2Ghislain DelaunoisBEL
Pool Three Claude NetterFRA 5 – 3Lajos SomodiHUN
Pool Three Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 3Lajos SomodiHUN
Pool Three Lajos SomodiHUN 5 – 4Raymond PaulGBR
Pool Three Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 4Lajos SomodiHUN
Pool Three Lajos SomodiHUN 5 – 0Ghislain DelaunoisBEL
Pool Three Claude NetterFRA 5 – 4Santiago MassiniARG
Pool Three Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 3Santiago MassiniARG
Pool Three Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 2Santiago MassiniARG
Pool Three Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 2Santiago MassiniARG
Pool Three Ghislain DelaunoisBEL 5 – 3Santiago MassiniARG
Pool Three Claude NetterFRA 5 – 1Byron KriegerUSA
Pool Three Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 2Byron KriegerUSA
Pool Three Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 2Byron KriegerUSA
Pool Three Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 0Byron KriegerUSA
Pool Three Ghislain DelaunoisBEL 5 – 2Byron KriegerUSA
Pool Three Byron KriegerUSA 5 – 0Lajos SomodiHUN
Pool Three Santiago MassiniARG 5 – 1Byron KriegerUSA

Pool Four

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Mark MidlerURS63119Q
2Christian d'OriolaFRA53015Q
3René PaulGBR52718Q
4André VerhalleBEL53019Q
5Mihály FülöpHUN42924
6David McKenzieAUS21732
7Roland AsselinCAN01330
8Emilio EcheverryCOL01030

Pool Four Mark MidlerURS 5 – 4Christian d'OriolaFRA
Pool Four Mark MidlerURS 5 – 1René PaulGBR
Pool Four René PaulGBR 5 – 1Christian d'OriolaFRA
Pool Four André VerhalleBEL 5 – 1Mark MidlerURS
Pool Four Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 1André VerhalleBEL
Pool Four André VerhalleBEL 5 – 1René PaulGBR
Pool Four Mark MidlerURS 5 – 4Mihály FülöpHUN
Pool Four Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 3Mihály FülöpHUN
Pool Four René PaulGBR 5 – 2Mihály FülöpHUN
Pool Four Mihály FülöpHUN 5 – 4André VerhalleBEL
Pool Four Mark MidlerURS 5 – 1David McKenzieAUS
Pool Four Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 1David McKenzieAUS
Pool Four René PaulGBR 5 – 1David McKenzieAUS
Pool Four André VerhalleBEL 5 – 2David McKenzieAUS
Pool Four Mihály FülöpHUN 5 – 2David McKenzieAUS
Pool Four Mark MidlerURS 5 – 2Roland AsselinCAN
Pool Four Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 0Roland AsselinCAN
Pool Four René PaulGBR 5 – 3Roland AsselinCAN
Pool Four André VerhalleBEL 5 – 3Roland AsselinCAN
Pool Four Mihály FülöpHUN 5 – 2Roland AsselinCAN
Pool Four David McKenzieAUS 5 – 3Roland AsselinCAN
Pool Four Mark MidlerURS 5 – 2Emilio EcheverryCOL
Pool Four Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 0Emilio EcheverryCOL
Pool Four René PaulGBR 5 – 1Emilio EcheverryCOL
Pool Four André VerhalleBEL 5 – 2Emilio EcheverryCOL
Pool Four Mihály FülöpHUN 5 – 1Emilio EcheverryCOL
Pool Four David McKenzieAUS 5 – 4Emilio EcheverryCOL

Pool 2 Barrage for 4/5

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Günter StratmannGER154
2Edoardo MangiarottiITA045

Pool 2 Barrage for 4/5 Günter StratmannGER 5 – 4Edoardo MangiarottiITA

Pool 3 Barrage for 3-5

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Raymond PaulGBR199
2Giancarlo BergaminiITA199
3Ghislain DelaunoisBEL199

Pool 3 Barrage for 3-5 Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 4Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Pool 3 Barrage for 3-5 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 4Ghislain DelaunoisBEL
Pool 3 Barrage for 3-5 Ghislain DelaunoisBEL 5 – 4Raymond PaulGBR

Semi-Finals (26 November 1956 — 15:00)

Top four finishers in each pool advanced to final.

Pool One

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Claude NetterFRA53115Q
2Antonio SpallinoITA52716Q
3Raymond PaulGBR53119Q
4Mark MidlerURS52722Q
5André VerhalleBEL32120
6Yury RudovURS21428
7Albie AxelrodUSA11727
8Michael SichelAUS01335

Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 4Claude NetterFRA
Pool One Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 2Claude NetterFRA
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 2Raymond PaulGBR
Pool One Claude NetterFRA 5 – 0Mark MidlerURS
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 2Mark MidlerURS
Pool One Mark MidlerURS 5 – 4Raymond PaulGBR
Pool One Claude NetterFRA 5 – 2André VerhalleBEL
Pool One André VerhalleBEL 5 – 2Antonio SpallinoITA
Pool One Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 1André VerhalleBEL
Pool One Mark MidlerURS 5 – 3André VerhalleBEL
Pool One Claude NetterFRA 5 – 0Yury RudovURS
Pool One Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 2Yury RudovURS
Pool One Mark MidlerURS 5 – 2Yury RudovURS
Pool One André VerhalleBEL 5 – 0Yury RudovURS
Pool One Claude NetterFRA 5 – 3Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 1Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool One Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 3Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool One Mark MidlerURS 5 – 2Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 4Albie AxelrodUSA
Pool One Claude NetterFRA 5 – 0Michael SichelAUS
Pool One Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 2Michael SichelAUS
Pool One Raymond PaulGBR 5 – 1Michael SichelAUS
Pool One Mark MidlerURS 5 – 1Michael SichelAUS
Pool One André VerhalleBEL 5 – 3Michael SichelAUS
Pool One Yury RudovURS 5 – 4Michael SichelAUS
Pool One Albie AxelrodUSA 5 – 2Michael SichelAUS

Pool Two

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Christian d'OriolaFRA63214Q
2Giancarlo BergaminiITA52625Q
3József GyuriczaHUN43123Q
4Allan JayGBR43124Q
5Günter StratmannGER42827
6Brian McCowageAUS22232
7Iuri Osip'oviURS11328
8René PaulGBR11929

Pool Two Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 0Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Pool Two József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Christian d'OriolaFRA
Pool Two József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Pool Two Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 4Allan JayGBR
Pool Two Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3Allan JayGBR
Pool Two Allan JayGBR 5 – 4József GyuriczaHUN
Pool Two Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2Günter StratmannGER
Pool Two Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 2Günter StratmannGER
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 4József GyuriczaHUN
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 4Allan JayGBR
Pool Two Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 0Brian McCowageAUS
Pool Two Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 4Brian McCowageAUS
Pool Two Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 3József GyuriczaHUN
Pool Two Allan JayGBR 5 – 2Brian McCowageAUS
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 3Brian McCowageAUS
Pool Two Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 1Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two Allan JayGBR 5 – 1Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two Günter StratmannGER 5 – 1Iuri Osip'oviURS
Pool Two Iuri Osip'oviURS 5 – 3Brian McCowageAUS
Pool Two Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2René PaulGBR
Pool Two Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3René PaulGBR
Pool Two József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 3René PaulGBR
Pool Two Allan JayGBR 5 – 2René PaulGBR
Pool Two René PaulGBR 5 – 4Günter StratmannGER
Pool Two Brian McCowageAUS 5 – 4René PaulGBR

Pool 2 Barrage for 3-5

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Allan JayGBR152
2József GyuriczaHUN154
3Günter StratmannGER0610

Pool 2 Barrage for 3-5 Allan JayGBR 5 – 4Günter StratmannGER
Pool 2 Barrage for 3-5 József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 2Günter StratmannGER

Final Pool (26 November 1956)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Christian d'OriolaFRA63317
=2Giancarlo BergaminiITA53326
=2Antonio SpallinoITA53021
4Allan JayGBR42926
=5József GyuriczaHUN32323
=5Claude NetterFRA32125
7Mark MidlerURS21930
8Raymond PaulGBR01535

Bout #1 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3Christian d'OriolaFRA
Bout #2 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 1Antonio SpallinoITA
Bout #3 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 4Antonio SpallinoITA
Bout #4 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2Allan JayGBR
Bout #5 Allan JayGBR 5 – 4Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Bout #6 Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 4Allan JayGBR
Bout #7 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 1József GyuriczaHUN
Bout #8 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3József GyuriczaHUN
Bout #9 Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 3József GyuriczaHUN
Bout #10 József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 3Allan JayGBR
Bout #11 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2Claude NetterFRA
Bout #12 Claude NetterFRA 5 – 4Giancarlo BergaminiITA
Bout #13 Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 1Claude NetterFRA
Bout #14 Allan JayGBR 5 – 2Claude NetterFRA
Bout #15 Claude NetterFRA 5 – 1József GyuriczaHUN
Bout #16 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 4Mark MidlerURS
Bout #17 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3Mark MidlerURS
Bout #18 Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 1Mark MidlerURS
Bout #19 Allan JayGBR 5 – 1Mark MidlerURS
Bout #20 József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 0Mark MidlerURS
Bout #21 Mark MidlerURS 5 – 1Claude NetterFRA
Bout #22 Christian d'OriolaFRA 5 – 2Raymond PaulGBR
Bout #23 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 3Raymond PaulGBR
Bout #24 Antonio SpallinoITA 5 – 2Raymond PaulGBR
Bout #25 Allan JayGBR 5 – 4Raymond PaulGBR
Bout #26 József GyuriczaHUN 5 – 0Raymond PaulGBR
Bout #27 Claude NetterFRA 5 – 0Raymond PaulGBR
Bout #28 Mark MidlerURS 5 – 4Raymond PaulGBR

Barrage for 2/3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonTGTR
1Giancarlo BergaminiITA154
2Antonio SpallinoITA045

Barrage for 2/3 Giancarlo BergaminiITA 5 – 4Antonio SpallinoITA