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Sabre, Team, Men

Date 3 December 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationTown Hall, St. Kilda, Victoria
Participants43 from 8 countries

Hungary’s Olympic championship streak which had ran since 1928 came briefly under threat from a greatly improved USSR team. In a politically charged match set against the backdrop of the crushing of the Hungarian Uprising by Soviet troops, the Soviet team only narrowly lost to the Hungarians by a 9-7 margin. Hungary’s other matches were more straightforward victories and guaranteed their sixth successive gold medal in the event. Poland took silver after a 9-7 win over the USSR who had to settle for a bronze, the nation’s first ever in fencing, after a narrow victory over France.

The victorious Hungarian team broke up immediately after the Games ended. Aladár Gerevich, Rudolf Kárpáti and Pál Kovács returned to Hungary, continued their fencing careers and all three returned for one final, victorious, appearance at the Rome Olympics. Attila Keresztes, Jenő Hámori and Dániel Magay all fled to the United States and eventually settled there and took up US citizenship. Keresztes and Hámori would return to Olympic competition under the American flag in 1964 at Tokyo.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1HungaryHUNGold
Aladár GerevichRudolf KárpátiPál KovácsAttila KeresztesJenő HámoriDániel Magay
2PolandPOLSilver
Jerzy PawłowskiWojciech ZabłockiMarek KuszewskiRyszard ZubAndrzej PiątkowskiZygmunt Pawlas
3Soviet UnionURSBronze
Lev KuznetsovYakov RylskyYevgeny CherepovskyDavid TyshlerLeonid BogdanovAleksandr Vetrov (DNS)
4FranceFRA
Claude GamotJacques LefèvreBernard MorelJacques RoulotJacques Lataste (DNS)
=5ItalyITA
Roberto FerrariDomenico PaceMario RavagnanGiuseppe CominiLuigi NarduzziGastone Darè
=5United StatesUSA
Tibor NyilasGeorge WorthAbe CohenDick DyerAllan KwartlerNorman Cohn-Armitage
=7Great BritainGBR
Olgierd PorebskiBill HoskynsRalph CoopermanAllan JayRaymond PaulRené Paul (DNS)
=7AustraliaAUS
Leslie FadgyasAlexander MartonffyEmeric SantoLeslie KovacsSandor SzokeGraham McKenzie (DNS)
DNSColombiaCOL
Emilio EcheverryGabriel BlandoEmiliano CamargoJosé del CarmenAlfredo YanguasPablo Uribe

Round 1 (3 December 1956 — 8:00)

Top two teams in each pool advanced to semi-finals. Hungary received a bye into semi-finals.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
ACUnited StatesUSAQ

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1PolandPOL10124Q
Jerzy PawłowskiWojciech ZabłockiAndrzej PiątkowskiZygmunt Pawlas
2ItalyITA1088Q
Roberto FerrariDomenico PaceMario RavagnanGiuseppe Comini
3Great BritainGBR021220
Olgierd PorebskiBill HoskynsRalph CoopermanRaymond PaulAllan Jay

Pool 2 POL 12 – 4GBR
Pool 2 ITA 8 – 8GBR

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1Soviet UnionURS10142Q
Lev KuznetsovYakov RylskyYevgeny CherepovskyDavid Tyshler
2FranceFRA1091Q
Claude GamotJacques LefèvreBernard MorelJacques Roulot
3AustraliaAUS02323
Leslie FadgyasAlexander MartonffyEmeric SantoLeslie KovacsSandor Szoke

Pool 3 URS 14 – 2AUS
Pool 3 FRA 9 – 1AUS

Semi-Finals (3 December 1956 — 15:00)

Top two teams in each pool advanced to final.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA201713Q
Claude GamotJacques LefèvreBernard MorelJacques Roulot
2Soviet UnionURS111616Q
Lev KuznetsovYakov RylskyYevgeny CherepovskyDavid Tyshler
3ItalyITA021317
Roberto FerrariDomenico PaceMario RavagnanLuigi NarduzziGastone Darè

Pool 1 FRA 9 – 7URS
Pool 1 FRA 8 – 6ITA
Pool 1 URS 9 – 7ITA

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1HungaryHUN1091Q
Aladár GerevichRudolf KárpátiAttila KeresztesJenő Hámori
2PolandPOL10106Q
Jerzy PawłowskiWojciech ZabłockiMarek KuszewskiZygmunt Pawlas
3United StatesUSA02719
Tibor NyilasGeorge WorthAbe CohenDick DyerAllan KwartlerNorman Cohn-Armitage

Pool 2 HUN 9 – 1USA
Pool 2 POL 10 – 6USA

Final Pool (3 December 1956)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1HungaryHUN303015
Aladár GerevichRudolf KárpátiPál KovácsAttila KeresztesJenő HámoriDániel Magay
2PolandPOL212322
Jerzy PawłowskiWojciech ZabłockiMarek KuszewskiRyszard ZubZygmunt Pawlas
3Soviet UnionURS122225
Lev KuznetsovYakov RylskyYevgeny CherepovskyDavid TyshlerLeonid Bogdanov
4FranceFRA031730
Claude GamotJacques LefèvreBernard MorelJacques Roulot

Match #1 HUN 9 – 4POL
Match #2 HUN 9 – 7URS
Match #3 HUN 12 – 4FRA
Match #4 POL 9 – 7URS
Match #5 POL 10 – 6FRA
Match #6 URS 8 – 7FRA