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Fencing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Épée, Individual

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Fencing Hall, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 6, 1928
Date Finished: August 7, 1928

Gold: FRA Lucien Gaudin
Silver: FRA Géo Buchard
Bronze: USA George Calnan

Summary

France’s Géo Buchard was the 1927 world champion but was expected to be challenged by his countryman, Lucien Gaudin, who had already won the individual foil in Amsterdam, and had been the first world champion, in 1921. Both made it easily to the final where Gaudin defeated Buchard twice, both in the final pool, and in the medal pool barrage, earning him the gold medal. This made Gaudin one of only two Olympians, with Ramón Fonst (CUB) in 1904, to win both the individual foil and épée at the same Olympics. Buchard competed in 1932 and 1936, winning another silver medal in this event at Los Angeles, to go with team épée gold medals in 1924 and 1932. The bronze medal went to the United States’ George Calnan, a major upset in this era when American fencers were not usually competitive internationally. A career Naval officer, Calnan competed again in 1932 winning two team bronze medals. He died only a year later, in the crash of the airship USS Akron.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lucien Gaudin 41 France FRA Gold
2 Géo Buchard 34 France FRA Silver
3 George Calnan 28 United States USA Bronze
4 Léon Tom 39 Belgium BEL
5 Nils Hellsten 42 Sweden SWE
6 Charles Delporte 35 Belgium BEL
7T Charles Debeur 22 Belgium BEL
7T Salvator Cicurel 35 Egypt EGY
9 Allen Milner 32 United States USA
10 Saul Moyal Egypt EGY
6 p1 r3/4 Willem Driebergen 35 Netherlands NED
6 p2 r3/4 Armand Massard 43 France FRA
7 p1 r3/4 Ivan Osiier 39 Denmark DEN
7 p2 r3/4 Jens Berthelsen 37 Denmark DEN
8 p1 r3/4 Eugène Empeyta 35 Switzerland SUI
8 p2 r3/4 Frederico Paredes 39 Portugal POR
9 p1 r3/4 József Rády 43 Hungary HUN
9 p2 r3/4 Hans Halberstadt 42 Germany GER
7 p1 r2/4 Henri Jacquet Switzerland SUI
7 p2 r2/4 Paulo Leal 26 Portugal POR
7T p3 r2/4 Domingo García 32 Spain ESP
7T p3 r2/4 Henrique da Silveira 27 Portugal POR
8 p2 r2/4 Josef Jungmann 40 Czechoslovakia TCH
8T p1 r2/4 Gustaf Dyrssen 36 Sweden SWE
8T p1 r2/4 Răzvan Penescu Romania ROU
9 p3 r2/4 Fritz Jack 48 Germany GER
9T p2 r2/4 Édouard Fitting 29 Switzerland SUI
9T p2 r2/4 Tryfon Triantafyllakos Greece GRE
10T p1 r2/4 Oscar Martínez Argentina ARG
10T p1 r2/4 Peter Ryefelt 34 Denmark DEN
10T p3 r2/4 Charles Biscoe Great Britain GBR
10T p3 r2/4 János Hajdú 23 Hungary HUN
11 p2 r2/4 Bertie Childs 33 Great Britain GBR
12 p1 r2/4 Martin Holt 47 Great Britain GBR
12 p2 r2/4 Theodor Fischer Germany GER
12 p3 r2/4 Pedro Mercado Mexico MEX
7 p4 r1/4 Jan Černohorský Czechoslovakia TCH
7 p5 r1/4 Dan Gheorghiu Romania ROU
7 p6 r1/4 Tomás Goyoaga 29 Chile CHI
7T p1 r1/4 Luis Hernández Mexico MEX
7T p1 r1/4 Ottó Hátszeghy 25 Hungary HUN
7T p2 r1/4 František Kříž 43 Czechoslovakia TCH
7T p2 r1/4 Pieter Mijer 47 Netherlands NED
7T p3 r1/4 Antonio Villamil 23 Argentina ARG
7T p3 r1/4 Francisco González 35 Spain ESP
7T p3 r1/4 Raoul Heide 39 Norway NOR
8 p4 r1/4 Konstantinos Bembis Greece GRE
8T p5 r1/4 Elie Adda Egypt EGY
8T p5 r1/4 Georgios Ambet Greece GRE
8T p6 r1/4 Dimitar Vasilev 24 Bulgaria BUL
8T p6 r1/4 Lauri Kettunen 23 Finland FIN
9 p4 r1/4 Arie de Jong 45 Netherlands NED
9T p1 r1/4 Sigurd Akre-Aas 30 Norway NOR
9T p1 r1/4 Gunnar Cederschiöld 40 Sweden SWE
9T p2 r1/4 Gheorghe Caranfil Romania ROU
9T p2 r1/4 Torvald Appelroth 25 Finland FIN
10 p3 r1/4 Edward Barnett 29 United States USA
10 p4 r1/4 Frithjof Lorentzen 31 Norway NOR
10 p5 r1/4 José Llauro Argentina ARG