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Ramón Fonst

Full name: Ramón Fonst Segundo
Nickname(s): El nunca Segundo / El Zurdo
Gender: Male
Born: August 31, 1883 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Died: September 10, 1959 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Country: CUB Cuba
Sport: Fencing

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

Though born in Havana, Ramón Fonst spent much of his youth in France, where he received a fencing education. As a 17-year-old youth, he upset the French épée fencers at the 1900 Paris Olympics, winning the amateur event. He also fought in the competition that faced the best amateurs against the best masters, in which he ranked second behind Albert Ayat. These were the first Cuban and first Latin American medals in Olympic history. He added to his collection at the 1904 Games in St. Louis, winning both the foil and épée events and joining American Albertson Van Zo Post and fellow Cuban [Manuel Díaz] to win the foil team competition. For twenty years, Fonst disappeared from the Olympic stage, but he far from quit competition, fencing in events over the world. But when the first formal Cuban team entered the Olympics in 1924, Fonst was again competing, albeit without a medal. His career was still far from over, as Fonst dominated the fencing competitions at the 1926 and 1930 Central American and Caribbean Games, winning five golds. In 1938, at the age of 55, he returned to these Games and won a sixth gold - his last major victory. As a pun on his matronymic which was Segundo, Fonst's nickname was El nunca Segundo, roughly meaning "He who never comes in second". Fonst continued to be involved in sports, serving as the president of the Cuban NOC (1941-46) and as a government advisor on physical education.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 16 Paris Fencing Men's Épée, Individual Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1900 Summer 16 Paris Fencing Men's Épée, Masters and Amateurs, Individual Cuba CUB 2 Silver
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Fencing Men's Foil, Individual Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Fencing Men's Foil, Team Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Fencing Men's Épée, Individual Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Men's Épée, Individual Cuba CUB 7T p2 r3/4
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Men's Épée, Team Cuba CUB 3 p1 r2/4

Men's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Fencing Cuba CUB Final Pool 1 1904-09-07 3 0
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool One 1 1904-09-07 4 0

Men's Foil, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result TBW/TD
1904 Summer 20 St. Louis Fencing Cuba CUB Final Pool Team Bout A 1 1904-09-08 MIX 7, USA 2 7

Men's Épée, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL
1900 Summer 16 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Final Pool 1 1900-06-13 4 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 7T 1924-07-11 4
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-11 Mantegazza (ITA) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-11 Massard (FRA) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-11 Buchard (FRA) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-11 Anspach (BEL) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-11 Gevers (BEL) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-11 Gripenstedt (SWE) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 1T 1924-07-11 Empeyta (SUI) Draw, Fonst (CUB) Draw
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , Ryefelt (DEN)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , Biscoe (GBR)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , García (ESP)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , Milner (USA)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 2T 1924-07-11 3
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 2 1924-07-11 Gevers (BEL) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 2 1924-07-11 Biscoe (GBR) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 2 1924-07-11 García (ESP) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , Gripenstedt (SWE)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , Empeyta (SUI)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Pool 2 Barrage for 6-12 1 1924-07-11 Fonst (CUB) , Milner (USA)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1T 1924-07-10 7
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 2 1924-07-10 Gripenstedt (SWE) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Jacquet (SUI)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Tom (BEL)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1T 1924-07-10 Cornereau (FRA) Draw, Fonst (CUB) Draw
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Ryefelt (DEN)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Mayer (POR)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Nazar (ARG)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Brouwer (NED)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Breed (USA)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 2 1924-07-10 7
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 2 1924-07-10 García (ESP) , Fonst (CUB)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Buchard (FRA)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Heide (NOR)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Jacquet (SUI)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Lagercrantz (SWE)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , de Menezes (POR)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Bollini (ARG)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 1 1924-07-10 Fonst (CUB) , Berthelsen (DEN)
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Seven 2 1924-07-10 de Beaufort (NED) , Fonst (CUB)

Men's Épée, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW TD
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 3 1924-07-07 0 2 12 20
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1924-07-07 POR 11, CUB 5 5 4
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, de Menezes (POR) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, da Silveira (POR) 1 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, de Paiva (POR) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, Leal (POR) 1 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1924-07-07 ESP 9, CUB 7 7 3
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1924-07-07 Díez (ESP) 2, Fonst (CUB) 1 1
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, García (ESP) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, de Pomés (ESP) 1 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1924-07-07 Fonst (CUB) 2, Delgado (ESP) 1 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Five 2 1924-07-06 1 0 9 7
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Five 1 1924-07-06 CUB 9, GRE 7 9 3
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Five 1 1924-07-06 Fonst (CUB) 2, Triantafyllakos (GRE) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Five 2 1924-07-06 Skotidas (GRE) 2, Fonst (CUB) 1 1
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Five 1 1924-07-06 Fonst (CUB) 2, Nikolopoulos (GRE) 0 2
1924 Summer 40 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Round One Pool Five 1 1924-07-06 Fonst (CUB) 2, Kotzias (GRE) 0 2

Men's Épée, Masters and Amateurs, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL
1900 Summer 16 Paris Fencing Cuba CUB Final Pool 2 1900-06-15 6 1
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