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Fencing at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Zappeion, Athina
Date Started: April 9, 1896
Date Finished: April 9, 1896

Gold: GRE Ioannis Georgiadis
Silver: GRE Tilemakhos Karakalos
Bronze: DEN Holger Nielsen


Adolf Schmal was considered to be one of the favorites but he succeeded in winning only one match. After two rounds, Schmal had two victories against Ioannis Georgiadis (3-0) and Holger Nielsen (3-1). The King, the Crown Prince and their entourage then arrived. The officials decided to re-start the competition, abandoning the earlier results so that the Royal Family could watch the entire tournament. Schmal succeeded in winning only one match in the re-started competition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ioannis Georgiadis 20 Greece GRE Gold
2 Tilemakhos Karakalos Greece GRE Silver
3 Holger Nielsen 29 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Adolf Schmal 23 Austria AUT
5 Georgios Iatridis Greece GRE