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Épée, Team, Men

Date20 – 21 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationMemorial Hall, Waseda Daigaku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants84 from 18 countries

The 44-year long domination of the event by France and Italy seemed due to be broken at the Tokyo Olympics. Neither country had won a world title since the 1960 Games with the Soviet Union in 1961 and 1962 and then Poland, on home soil in 1963, emerging as champions. After the events of the individual competition where the USSR had placed first and third it seemed inevitable that they would be the nation to break the Franco-Italian monopoly but it was not to be. The Soviets lost in the semi-finals to a Hungarian team inspired by Győző Kulcsár. Kulcsár’s performance formed the bedrock of the eventual Hungarian gold medal victory. He fought 20 times in the competition and won every single one of them, culminating in his four victories against Italy in the final. France beat Sweden for bronze.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1HungaryHUNGold
Győző KulcsárZoltán NemereTamás GáborIstván KauszÁrpád Bárány
2ItalyITASilver
Giuseppe DelfinoAlberto PellegrinoGianluigi SaccaroGianfranco PaolucciGiovanni Battista Breda
3FranceFRABronze
Claude BrodinYves DreyfusClaude BourquardJack GuittetJacques Brodin
4SwedenSWE
Ivar GenesjöOrvar LindwallHans LagerwallGöran AbrahamssonCarl-Wilhelm Engdahl
5PolandPOL
Henryk NielabaMikołaj PomarnackiBogdan GonsiorBohdan AndrzejewskiJerzy PawłowskiWiesław Glos (DNS)Ryszard Parulski (DNS)Wojciech Zabłocki (DNS)
6Unified Team of GermanyGER
Franz RompzaMax GeuterVolkmar WürtzPaul GnaierHaakon Stein
=7Soviet UnionURS
Bruno HabārovsGuram KostavaYury SmolyakovGrigory KrissAleksey Nikanchikov
=7SwitzerlandSUI
Claudio PolledriPaul MeisterWalter BarJean GontierMichel Steininger
=9Great BritainGBR
Bill HoskynsJohn PellingPeter JacobsMichael HowardAllan Jay
=9AustriaAUT
Udo BirnbaumHerbert PolzhuberRoland LosertRudolf TrostMarcus LeyrerMartin Becher (DNS)
3 p1 r1/5ArgentinaARG
Félix GalimiZelmar CascoJesús TaboadaFrancisco SerpAdolfo Bisellach (DNS)
3 p2 r1/5AustraliaAUS
Russell HobbyJohn HumphreysImants TeraudsIvan LundIan Bowditch
3 p3 r1/5JapanJPN
Toshiaki ArakiKatsutada MinatoiKazuhiko TabuchiHeizaburo OkawaTakeshi Teshima
3 p4 r1/5United StatesUSA
Paul PesthyFrank AngerDavid MicahnikLarry AnastasiLeslie Bleamaster (DNS)
3 p5 r1/5Republic of KoreaKOR
Sin Du-HoKim Chang-HwanHan Myeong-SeokKim Man-Sik
4 p1 r1/5LebanonLBN
Michel SaykaliJoseph GemayelHassan El-SaidIbrahim Osman
4 p2 r1/5ColombiaCOL
Emilio EcheverryErnesto SastreDibier TamayoHumberto PosadaHermann Tavera (DNS)
4 p3 r1/5IranIRI
Houshmand AlmasiNasser MadaniBizhan ZarnegarShahpour Zarnegar

Round 1 (20 October 1964 — 8:30)

Top six teams, based on percentage of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to quarter-finals. Teams ranked 7-10, based on percentage of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to round two.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1Soviet UnionURS20242Q
Bruno HabārovsGuram KostavaYury SmolyakovGrigory KrissAleksey Nikanchikov
2SwitzerlandSUI20218q
Claudio PolledriPaul MeisterWalter BarJean GontierMichel Steininger
3ArgentinaARG02624
Félix GalimiZelmar CascoJesús TaboadaFrancisco Serp
4LebanonLBN02421
Michel SaykaliJoseph GemayelHassan El-SaidIbrahim Osman

Pool 1 URS 15 – 1ARG
Pool 1 URS 9 – 1LBN
Pool 1 SUI 9 – 5ARG
Pool 1 SUI 12 – 3LBN

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1AustriaAUT20244Q
Udo BirnbaumHerbert PolzhuberRoland LosertRudolf TrostMarcus Leyrer
2SwedenSWE20235Q
Ivar GenesjöHans LagerwallGöran AbrahamssonCarl-Wilhelm Engdahl
3AustraliaAUS02620
Russell HobbyJohn HumphreysImants TeraudsIvan LundIan Bowditch
4ColombiaCOL02327
Emilio EcheverryErnesto SastreDibier TamayoHumberto Posada

Pool 2 AUT 11 – 3AUS
Pool 2 AUT 13 – 1COL
Pool 2 SWE 9 – 3AUS
Pool 2 SWE 14 – 2COL

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1ItalyITA20252Q
Alberto PellegrinoGianluigi SaccaroGianfranco PaolucciGiovanni Battista Breda
2HungaryHUN20255q
Győző KulcsárZoltán NemereTamás GáborIstván KauszÁrpád Bárány
3JapanJPN02620
Toshiaki ArakiKatsutada MinatoiKazuhiko TabuchiHeizaburo OkawaTakeshi Teshima
4IranIRI02130
Houshmand AlmasiNasser MadaniBizhan ZarnegarShahpour Zarnegar

Pool 3 ITA 9 – 2JPN
Pool 3 ITA 16 – 0IRI
Pool 3 HUN 11 – 4JPN
Pool 3 HUN 14 – 1IRI

Pool 4

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1Unified Team of GermanyGER111714Q
Franz RompzaMax GeuterVolkmar WürtzPaul GnaierHaakon Stein
2Great BritainGBR111616q
Bill HoskynsJohn PellingPeter JacobsMichael HowardAllan Jay
3United StatesUSA111417
Paul PesthyFrank AngerDavid MicahnikLarry Anastasi

Pool 4 GBR 8 – 8GER
Pool 4 GER 9 – 6USA
Pool 4 USA 8 – 8GBR

Pool 5

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1PolandPOL10142Q
Henryk NielabaMikołaj PomarnackiBohdan AndrzejewskiJerzy Pawłowski
2FranceFRA1090Q
Claude BrodinYves DreyfusClaude BourquardJacques Brodin
3Republic of KoreaKOR02223
Sin Du-HoKim Chang-HwanHan Myeong-SeokKim Man-Sik

Pool 5 POL 14 – 2KOR
Pool 5 FRA 9 – 0KOR

Round 2 (20 October 1964)

Winner of each pool advanced to quarter-finals.

Pool 1

Pool 1 HUN 8 – 1AUT

Pool 2

Pool 2 SUI 8 – 4GBR

Quarter-Finals (21 October 1964 — 8:30)

Winner of each pool advanced to semi-finals.

Pool 1

Pool 1 ITA 9 – 6POL

Pool 2

Pool 2 HUN 8 – 4URS

Pool 3

Pool 3 FRA 8 – 4GER

Pool 4

Pool 4 SWE 9 – 1SUI

Semi-Finals (21 October 1964)

Winner of each pool advanced to final.

Pool 1

Pool 1 HUN 9 – 3FRA

Pool 2

Pool 2 ITA 8 – 2SWE

Final Pool (21 October 1964 — 17:00)

Match 1-2 HUN 8 – 3ITA
Match 3-4 FRA 8 – 8SWE

Pool 5-8

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1PolandPOL201713
Henryk NielabaMikołaj PomarnackiBogdan GonsiorBohdan Andrzejewski
2Unified Team of GermanyGER111611
Franz RompzaMax GeuterVolkmar WürtzPaul Gnaier
=3Soviet UnionURS0138
Guram KostavaYury SmolyakovGrigory KrissAleksey Nikanchikov
=3SwitzerlandSUI0159
Claudio PolledriWalter BarJean GontierMichel Steininger

Pool 5-8 POL 8 – 8GER
Pool 5-8 GER 8 – 3URS
Pool 5-8 POL 9 – 5SUI