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Fencing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Fencing Hall, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 31, 1928
Date Finished: August 1, 1928

Gold: FRA Lucien Gaudin
Silver: GER Erwin Casmir
Bronze: ITA Giulio Gaudini

Summary

The favorite was likely Italy's Oreste Puliti, the 1927 world champion, although he was fortunate to be able to compete at all. At the 1924 Olympics he was incensed by a decision in the sabre competition, and withdrew from the event, and his entire Italian fencing team then withdrew. By a decision of the IOC, Puliti was then banned from future Olympic participation, but two years later, after a request by the Italian fencing federation, this decision was reconsidered and Puliti was allowed to compete in 1928.

Both he and France's Lucien Gaudin were undefeated in qualifying for the final pool. There Puliti lost three matches to drop to fourth place, while Gaudin had nine wins and two losses, tying him with Erwin Casmir (GER) and Giulio Gaudini (ITA). Casmir had beaten Gaudin in their pool match but in the barrage for medals, Gaudin reversed that outcome. He then faced Gaudini. With the score tied 2-2, Gaudini grazed Gaudin's jacket but the referee ruled "no touch". The Italians immediately protested but Gaudin walked over to the jury and magnanimously told them, "I was touched." Gaudini went ahead 4-2, but Gaudin came back to win the final three points, winning the match 5-4, and secure the gold medal. Gaudini also lost to Casmir, which gave the German the silver medal.

Gaudin was competing in his third Olympics and competed in six events. He won a medal in all six, with four golds. Six days after this victory, he won the individual épée in Amsterdam, one of only three times that a fencer would win both the individual foil and épée at the same Olympics (the others being Ramón Fonst (CUB) in 1904 and Nedo Nadi (ITA) in 1920). This was Gaudini's second Olympics, after competing in team foil in 1924, and he would compete again in 1932 and 1936, and finish his Olympic career with nine medals – three gold, four silver, and two bronzes. Erwin Casmir was the greatest German fencer of the 1920s. He would also compete in 1932 and 1936 but this would be his only individual Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lucien Gaudin 41 France FRA Gold
2 Erwin Casmir 32 Germany GER Silver
3 Giulio Gaudini 23 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Oreste Puliti 37 Italy ITA
5 Philippe Cattiau 35 France FRA
6 Raymond Bru 22 Belgium BEL
7 Ugo Pignotti 29 Italy ITA
8 Fritz Gazzera 20 Germany GER
9 Roger Ducret 40 France FRA
10 György Rozgonyi Hungary HUN
11 Joe Levis 22 United States USA
12 Bertil Uggla 37 Sweden SWE
5 p1 r2/3 Hans Lion 24 Austria AUT
5 p2 r2/3 Mihai Savu Romania ROU
5 p3 r2/3 Ivan Osiier 39 Denmark DEN
6 p1 r2/3 Zoltán Schenker 47 Hungary HUN
6 p2 r2/3 Saul Moyal Egypt EGY
6 p3 r2/3 Kurt Ettinger 26 Austria AUT
7 p1 r2/3 Nicolaas Nederpeld 41 Netherlands NED
7 p2 r2/3 Pierre Pêcher Belgium BEL
7 p3 r2/3 George Calnan 28 United States USA
8 p2 r2/3 Dernell Every 21 United States USA
8 p3 r2/3 Oscar Viñas Argentina ARG
AC p1 r2/3 Albert De Roocker 24 Belgium BEL DNF
4 p1 r1/3 Frans Mosman 23 Netherlands NED
4 p2 r1/3 Johan Falkenberg 26 Norway NOR
4 p3 r1/3 Eugène Empeyta 35 Switzerland SUI
4 p4 r1/3 Paul Kunze 23 Netherlands NED
4 p5 r1/3 Thomas Wand-Tetley 30 Great Britain GBR
4 p6 r1/3 Domingo García 32 Spain ESP
4 p7 r1/3 Kim Bærentzen 22 Denmark DEN
4 p8 r1/3 Ivar Tingdahl 34 Sweden SWE
5 p1 r1/3 Jens Berthelsen 37 Denmark DEN
5 p2 r1/3 Gusztáv Kálniczky Hungary HUN
5 p3 r1/3 Denis Pearce 32 Great Britain GBR
5 p4 r1/3 Sebastião Herédia 25 Portugal POR
5 p5 r1/3 Frithjof Lorentzen 31 Norway NOR
5 p6 r1/3 Władysław Segda 32 Poland POL
5 p7 r1/3 Jacob Bergsland 37 Norway NOR
5 p8 r1/3 Richard Brünner Austria AUT
6 p1 r1/3 Mahmoud Abdin 21 Egypt EGY
6 p2 r1/3 Fernando García 38 Spain ESP
6 p3 r1/3 Konstantinos Botasis Greece GRE
6 p4 r1/3 Robert Montgomerie 48 Great Britain GBR
6 p5 r1/3 Frédéric Fitting 25 Switzerland SUI
6 p6 r1/3 Ðuro Freund Yugoslavia YUG
6 p7 r1/3 Torvald Appelroth 25 Finland FIN
6 p8 r1/3 Joseph Misrahi Egypt EGY
7 p4 r1/3 John Albaret 49 Switzerland SUI
7 p5 r1/3 Tomás Goyoaga 29 Chile CHI
7 p7 r1/3 Gheorghe Caranfil Romania ROU
7 p8 r1/3 Julius Thomson 39 Germany GER
8 p4 r1/3 Konstantinos Nikolopoulos Greece GRE
8 p8 r1/3 Armando Alemán 23 Spain ESP