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Foil, Team, Men

Date1 – 2 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationFechthalle 1, Messegelände (Halle 11 & 12), München / Fechthalle 2, Messegelände (Halle 20), München
Participants63 from 13 countries

Poland had first won a medal in team foil back at the 1961 World Championships. They were regular visitors to the medal podium for the rest of the decade but a global title had always eluded them.

The competition did not start well for the Poles as they suffered a defeat to the host nation in their first match. Poland recovered to beat Italy and Japan and then won a close fought semi-final victory against the Hungarians. The other semi-final was a meeting of the two most recent World Champion teams which saw the USSR earn the right to face Poland via a 9-6 over France.

Three days earlier Witold Woyda had won the individual foil title. In the team final he took that form forward and won all four of his bouts. Woyda was backed up by Lech Koziejowski and Poland finally made their championship breakthrough as they saw off the Soviet challenge by 9 bouts to 6.

After a decade of major title frustration Woyda had now won his second Olympic title in three days.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1PolandPOLGold
Witold WoydaLech KoziejowskiJerzy KaczmarekMarek DąbrowskiArkadiusz Godel
2Soviet UnionURSSilver
Vasily StankovichViktor PutyatinAnatoly KoteshevVladimir DenisovLeonid Romanov
3FranceFRABronze
Jean-Claude MagnanDaniel RevenuChristian NoëlGilles BerolattiBernard Talvard
4HungaryHUN
Sándor SzabóCsaba FenyvesiLászló KamutiIstván MartonJenő Kamuti
5West GermanyFRG
Klaus ReichertFritz WesselHarald HeinDieter WellmannErk Sens-Gorius
6JapanJPN
Shiro MaruyamaMasaya FukudaHiroshi NakajimaKiyoshi UeharaIchiro Serizawa
=7CubaCUB
Evelio GonzálezEduardo JhonsJesús GilEnrique SalvatJorge Garbey
=7RomaniaROU
Iuliu FalbȘtefan HauklerMihai ȚiuTănase MureșanuAurel Ștefan
3 p1 r1/4ItalyITA
Alfredo Del FranciaNicola GranieriCarlo MontanoArcangelo PinelliStefano Simoncelli
3 p2 r1/4Great BritainGBR
Mike BreckinBarry PaulGraham PaulTony PowerIan Single
3 p3 r1/4United StatesUSA
Carl BorackMartin DavisJoseph FreemanJohn NonnaTyrone Simmons
3 p4 r1/4LebanonLBN
Ali ChekrYves Daniel DarricauFawzi MerhiAli Sleiman
4 p4 r1/4CanadaCAN
Magdy ConydHerbert ObstGerry WiedelLester WongBob Foxcroft (DNS)
DNSArgentinaARG
Daniel FeraudFernando LúpizGuillermo SaucedoOmar Vergara

Round 1 (1 September 1972 — 8:00)

Top eight teams, based on percentage of wins/losses and bouts won/bouts lost, advanced to quarter-finals.

Pool 1

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1West GermanyFRG202011Q
Klaus ReichertFritz WesselHarald HeinDieter Wellmann
2PolandPOL111813Q
Witold WoydaLech KoziejowskiJerzy KaczmarekMarek DąbrowskiArkadiusz Godel
3ItalyITA02923
Alfredo Del FranciaNicola GranieriCarlo MontanoArcangelo PinelliStefano Simoncelli

Pool 1 FRG 8 – 7POL
Pool 1 FRG 12 – 4ITA
Pool 1 POL 11 – 5ITA

Pool 2

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1FranceFRA20197Q
Jean-Claude MagnanDaniel RevenuChristian NoëlGilles BerolattiBernard Talvard
2CubaCUB111214Q
Evelio GonzálezEduardo JhonsJesús GilEnrique SalvatJorge Garbey
3Great BritainGBR021121
Mike BreckinBarry PaulGraham PaulTony PowerIan Single

Pool 2 FRA 9 – 1CUB
Pool 2 FRA 10 – 6GBR
Pool 2 CUB 11 – 5GBR

Pool 3

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1JapanJPN202111Q
Shiro MaruyamaMasaya FukudaHiroshi NakajimaKiyoshi UeharaIchiro Serizawa
2Soviet UnionURS111913Q
Vasily StankovichViktor PutyatinAnatoly KoteshevVladimir DenisovLeonid Romanov
3United StatesUSA02824
Carl BorackMartin DavisJoseph FreemanJohn NonnaTyrone Simmons

Pool 3 JPN 9 – 7URS
Pool 3 JPN 12 – 4USA
Pool 3 URS 12 – 4USA

Pool 4

PosCompetitor(s)NOCMWMLBouts WonBouts Lost
1HungaryHUN302913Q
Sándor SzabóCsaba FenyvesiLászló KamutiIstván MartonJenő Kamuti
2RomaniaROU213215Q
Iuliu FalbȘtefan HauklerMihai ȚiuTănase MureșanuAurel Ștefan
3LebanonLBN021022
Ali ChekrYves Daniel DarricauFawzi MerhiAli Sleiman
4CanadaCAN02324
Magdy ConydHerbert ObstGerry WiedelLester Wong

Pool 4 HUN 8 – 7ROU
Pool 4 HUN 13 – 3LBN
Pool 4 HUN 13 – 3CAN
Pool 4 ROU 9 – 7LBN
Pool 4 ROU 16 – 0CAN

Quarter-Finals (1 September 1972)

Winner of each pool advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 FRA 9 – 6ROU
Match #2 URS 9 – 6FRG
Match #3 POL 9 – 5JPN
Match #4 HUN 9 – 6CUB

Semi-Finals (2 September 1972 — 10:00)

Winner of each pool advanced to final.

Match #1 URS 9 – 6FRA
Match #2 POL 8 – 7HUN

Classification Round 5-8 (2 September 1972 — 8:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCBouts WonBouts LostTDTR
1West GermanyFRG201810
Klaus ReichertFritz WesselHarald HeinDieter WellmannErk Sens-Gorius
2JapanJPN111615
Shiro MaruyamaMasaya FukudaHiroshi NakajimaIchiro SerizawaKiyoshi Uehara
=3RomaniaROU0139
Iuliu FalbȘtefan HauklerMihai ȚiuTănase Mureșanu
=3CubaCUB0169
Evelio GonzálezEduardo JhonsJesús GilEnrique Salvat

Match #1 FRG 9 – 3ROU
Match #2 JPN 9 – 6CUB

Final Pool (2 September 1972 — 19:30)

Match 1-2 POL 9 – 5URS
Match 3-4 FRA 9 – 7HUN
Match 5-6 FRG 9 – 7JPN