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Maria Cerra

Full name: Maria del Pilar Cerra (-Tishman)
Gender: Female
Born: May 17, 1918 in New York, New York, United States
Died: January 24, 2015 in Paramus, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Fencers Club, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Fencing

Biography

Maria Cerra Tishman placed fourth in foil at the 1948 Olympics, the best performance in foil by a US woman at the Olympics through 2012. Cerra started fencing at Salle Vince and attended Hunter College, where she was on two IWFA (now NIWFA) intercollegiate championship teams (1937, 1940) and also won the IWFA individual intercollegiate championship in1938 and 1940. After Salle Vince closed she switched to Salle Santelli. Cerra Tishman fenced on nine AFLA championship teams between 1935-47, and won the individual foil title in 1945, also placing third four times in the national championships.

Cerra Tishman was a charter member of the US Fencing Hall of Fame in 1963. In 1949 she became the first woman to officiate at the national championships. She was on the US Olympic fencing committee from 1965-68. Cerra Tishman was inducted into the Hunter College Sports Hall of Fame. Prior to marriage she worked as an insurance manager with the American Union Transport Shipping Company, but later was an elementary school teacher in the Oakland (NJ) School District for 20 years, until her 1984 retirement.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing Women's Foil, Individual United States USA 4

Women's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TG TR TD
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool 4 1948-08-02 5 2 23 16
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #3 2 1948-08-02 Elek-Schacherer (HUN) 4, Cerra (USA) 2 2
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #12 2 1948-08-02 Müller-Preis (AUT) 4, Cerra (USA) 1 1
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #17 1 1948-08-02 Cerra (USA) 4, Lachmann (DEN) 2 4
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #18 1 1948-08-02 Cerra (USA) 4, Wenisch-Filz (AUT) 3 4
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #19 1 1948-08-02 Cerra (USA) 4, Elek (HUN) 0 4
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #20 1 1948-08-02 Cerra (USA) 4, Cesari (ITA) 2 4
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #21 1 1948-08-02 Cerra (USA) 4, Glen-Haig (GBR) 1 4
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool Two 2T 1948-08-02 3 2 15 13
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1948-07-31 4 1 10
1948 Summer 30 London Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 1 1948-07-31 5 1
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