Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Flower Hall, Middelheim Park, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 24, 1920
Date Finished: August 24, 1920
Format: Final round-robin pool only
The sabre competition was missing the Hungarian fencers, because their country was not invited to the Olympics due to their role in World War I. Hungarian fencers had dominated the sabre events at London in 1908 and Stockholm in 1912. Hungary remained the dominant nation in sabre fencing through 1968. At the 1924 Olympics in Paris, Hungary began a winning streak in team sabre which did not end until 1964 and included 46 consecutive match wins and 7 consecutive gold medals. In Hungary’s absence, Italy won the team sabre event in 1920. It should be noted, however, that Italy was also quite good at this discipline, as they won the team sabre at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, even with Hungary competing, and Italy had also won the championship at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games.