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Albertson Van Zo Post

Full name: Albertson Van Zo Post
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Born: July 28, 1866 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: January 23, 1938 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Fencers Club, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Fencing

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

To Albertson Van Zo Post belongs the distinction of being the first American ever to win an Olympic championship in fencing, an accomplishment not duplicated for over 90 years. This is a credit long denied him because there has been a popular misconception for some years that he was a member of the Cuban team at the 1904 Olympics. In fact, he belonged to an old New York family. His father, Col. Henry V. Post, fought for the Union Army in the Civil War and was wounded seriously at Antietam. Post represented the New York Fencers Club and won the AFLA national championship in foil individual in 1895, épée individual in 1896 and 1912, and sabre individual in 1902 and 1903. He is one of the very few fencers to win the national championship in all three weapons. At the 1904 Olympics, aided by a sparse turnout, Post took a medal in each of the four events he entered, including a gold in single-sticks, an event that was never again contested at the Olympics. Post fenced all three weapons in the 1912 Olympics, and with a larger and stronger field, Post’s second-round elimination in all three weapons is probably a better indicator of his true ability. Albertson Post had two careers. Although he trained as a civil engineer and entered that profession, he switched to writing novels, producing Retz and Diana Ardway.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing Men's Foil, Individual United States USA 2 Silver
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing Men's Foil, Team United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing Men's Épée, Individual United States USA 3 Bronze
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual United States USA 3 Bronze
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing Men's Single Sticks, Individual United States USA 1 Gold
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing Men's Foil, Individual United States USA DNS p2 r2/4
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing Men's Épée, Individual United States USA 5T p8 r2/4
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing Men's Épée, Team United States USA 9T
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual United States USA DNS p8 r2/4

Men's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA Final Pool 2 1904-09-07 2 1
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 2 1904-09-07 3 1
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Three 1T 1912-07-06 1

Men's Foil, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result TBW/TD
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA 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 BL
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Eight 5T 1912-07-12 4
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Thirteen 1T 1912-07-12

Men's Épée, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Four 3 1912-07-09 0 2 13 19
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Four 2 1912-07-09 GRE 10, USA 7 7 2

Men's Sabre, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TG TD
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA Final Pool 3 1904-09-08 2 1 18
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA Final Pool Bout #4 2 1904-09-08 Grebe (USA) 7, Van Zo Post (USA) 4 4
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA Final Standings 3 1904-09-08
1912 Summer 45 Stockholm Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Fourteen 3 1912-07-17 1 2

Men's Single Sticks, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW
1904 Summer 37 St. Louis Fencing United States USA Final Standings 1 1904-09-08 11
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