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Foil, Team, Men

Date23 November 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationTown Hall, St. Kilda, Victoria
Participants49 from 9 countries

France, Italy and Hungary, the three medal winning countries from the 1952 Olympics, had won all but one of the 18 men’s team and individual foil medals at the intervening World Championships. In Helsinki the gap in quality between Italy and France had been a chasm but in Melbourne both nations came within a few hits of elimination in the preliminaries before eventually for the final pool. The status quo was restored when both Italy and France won their first two final stage matches to ensure the title would be decided between them. Despite the presence of individual champion Christian d’Oriola in the French team proved the decider in a tense and exciting affair. Before the final bout Italy led 8-7 but France had an unbeatable lead on the tiebreaker of “least hits against” which meant that whichever team won the bout would be champions. Claude Netter, representing France, built up a lead but was pegged back to 4-4 by Antonio Spallino. Spallino then won the decisive hit and the title for Italy. Hungary won the bronze by defeating the USA.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1ItalyITAGold
Edoardo MangiarottiManlio Di RosaGiancarlo BergaminiAntonio SpallinoLuigi CarpanedaVittorio Lucarelli
2FranceFRASilver
Claude NetterBernard BaudouxJacques LatasteRoger ClossetChristian d'OriolaRené Coicaud
3HungaryHUNBronze
Endre TilliJózsef SákovicsJózsef GyuriczaMihály FülöpLajos SomodiJózsef Marosi
4United StatesUSA
Albie AxelrodDaniel BukantzHal GoldsmithByron KriegerNate LubellSkip Shurtz
=5Great BritainGBR
René PaulBill HoskynsRaymond PaulAllan JayRalph CoopermanOlgierd Porebski (DNS)
=5Soviet UnionURS
Yury RudovIuri Osip'oviMark MidlerAleksandr OvsyankinViktor ZhdanovichYury Ivanov
3 p1 r1/3BelgiumBEL
Jacques DebeurGhislain DelaunoisMarcel Van Der AuweraAndré VerhalleFrançois Dehez (DNS)Ferdinand Jassogne (DNS)
3 p2 r1/3ColombiaCOL
Pablo UribeEmilio EcheverryGabriel BlandoEmiliano CamargoAlfredo Yanguas (DNS)José del Carmen (DNS)Juan DiDomenico (DNS)
3 p3 r1/3AustraliaAUS
Ray BuckinghamBrian McCowageRod SteelDavid McKenzieMichael SichelTom Cross

Round 1 (23 November 1956)

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

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA111713Q
Claude NetterBernard BaudouxJacques LatasteRoger ClossetChristian d'OriolaRené Coicaud
2Soviet UnionURS111616Q
Yury RudovIuri Osip'oviMark MidlerAleksandr OvsyankinViktor Zhdanovich
3BelgiumBEL111317Q
Ghislain DelaunoisMarcel Van Der AuweraAndré VerhalleJacques Debeur

Pool 1 URS 9 – 7FRA
Pool 1 FRA 10 – 4BEL
Pool 1 BEL 9 – 7URS

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1Great BritainGBR10151Q
René PaulBill HoskynsRaymond PaulAllan Jay
2ItalyITA1090Q
Manlio Di RosaGiancarlo BergaminiLuigi CarpanedaVittorio Lucarelli
3ColombiaCOL02124
Pablo UribeEmilio EcheverryGabriel BlandoEmiliano Camargo

Pool 2 GBR 15 – 1COL
Pool 2 ITA 9 – 0COL

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1United StatesUSA10133Q
Albie AxelrodDaniel BukantzHal GoldsmithSkip Shurtz
2HungaryHUN1088Q
Endre TilliJózsef GyuriczaLajos SomodiJózsef Marosi
3AustraliaAUS021121
Ray BuckinghamBrian McCowageRod SteelDavid McKenzieMichael SichelTom Cross

Pool 3 USA 13 – 3AUS
Pool 3 HUN 8 – 8AUS

Semi-Finals (23 November 1956 — 15:00)

Top two teams in each pool advanced to final.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ItalyITA201612Q
Edoardo MangiarottiManlio Di RosaGiancarlo BergaminiAntonio SpallinoLuigi CarpanedaVittorio Lucarelli
2United StatesUSA111315Q
Albie AxelrodDaniel BukantzHal GoldsmithByron KriegerNate LubellSkip Shurtz
3Great BritainGBR021517
René PaulBill HoskynsRaymond PaulAllan JayRalph Cooperman

Pool 1 ITA 8 – 4USA
Pool 1 ITA 8 – 8GBR
Pool 1 USA 9 – 7GBR

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1HungaryHUN10115Q
József SákovicsJózsef GyuriczaMihály FülöpLajos Somodi
2FranceFRA1094Q
Claude NetterJacques LatasteRoger ClossetChristian d'Oriola
3Soviet UnionURS02920
Yury RudovIuri Osip'oviMark MidlerViktor ZhdanovichYury Ivanov

Pool 2 HUN 11 – 5URS
Pool 2 FRA 9 – 4URS

Final Pool (23 November 1956)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ItalyITA302622
Edoardo MangiarottiManlio Di RosaGiancarlo BergaminiAntonio SpallinoLuigi CarpanedaVittorio Lucarelli
2FranceFRA212820
Claude NetterBernard BaudouxJacques LatasteRoger ClossetChristian d'OriolaRené Coicaud
3HungaryHUN122224
Endre TilliJózsef SákovicsJózsef GyuriczaMihály FülöpLajos SomodiJózsef Marosi
4United StatesUSA031828
Albie AxelrodDaniel BukantzHal GoldsmithByron KriegerNate LubellSkip Shurtz

Match #1 ITA 9 – 7FRA
Match #2 ITA 8 – 8HUN
Match #3 ITA 9 – 7USA
Match #4 FRA 11 – 5HUN
Match #5 FRA 10 – 6USA
Match #6 HUN 9 – 5USA