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Fencing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Fencing Hall, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 10, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928

Gold: HUN Ödön von Tersztyánszky
Silver: HUN Attila Petschauer
Bronze: ITA Bino Bini

Summary

Hungarians dominated sabre fencing prior to the 1980s, and this year was no exception. Sándor Gombos had won the World Championships in 1926 and 1927 and was a slight favorite. He made it to the final and fenced well, with eight wins against three losses, but it would only bring him fifth place. The other two Hungarians, Ödön von Tersztyánszky and Attila Petschauer, both won nine bouts and faced each other in a barrage for the gold medal, with von Tersztyánsky winning 5-2. This would be the best sporting moments of what would be too-short lives for both.

Von Tersztyánsky died less than a year later in an automobile accident just outside of Budapest. His death was nothing compared to Petschauer's. Petschauer was Jewish and during World War II was taken to Davidovka concentration camp in the Ukraine, where he was tortured by the guards. In the freezing mid-winter, he was stripped nude and forced to climb a tree and crow like a rooster while they sprayed him with water. He died shortly thereafter. Petschauer's death by torture was dramatized in the 1999 movie Sunshine starring Ralph Fiennes.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ödön von Tersztyánszky 38 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Attila Petschauer 23 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Bino Bini 28 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Gustavo Marzi 19 Italy ITA
5 Sándor Gombos 32 Hungary HUN
6 Erwin Casmir 32 Germany GER
7 Arturo De Vecchi 30 Italy ITA
8 Roger Ducret 40 France FRA
9 Arie de Jong 45 Netherlands NED
10 Jean Lacroix France FRA
11 Jan van der Wiel 35 Netherlands NED
12 Hans Thomson 39 Germany GER
5 p1 r2/3 Jens Berthelsen 37 Denmark DEN
5 p2 r2/3 John Huffman 23 United States USA
5 p3 r2/3 Ivan Osiier 39 Denmark DEN
6 p1 r2/3 Heinrich Moos 33 Germany GER
6 p2 r2/3 Edward Brookfield Great Britain GBR
6 p3 r2/3 René Fristeau France FRA
7 p1 r2/3 Denis Dolecsko 24 Romania ROU
7 p2 r2/3 Mohamed Charaoui Egypt EGY
7 p3 r2/3 Norman Cohn-Armitage 21 United States USA
8 p1 r2/3 Henri Brasseur 21 Belgium BEL
8 p2 r2/3 Abelardo Castro Chile CHI
8 p3 r2/3 Jacques Kesteloot Belgium BEL
4 p2 r1/3 Hassan Niazi Egypt EGY
4 p3 r1/3 Guy Harry 33 Great Britain GBR
4 p4 r1/3 Dimitar Vasilev 24 Bulgaria BUL
4 p5 r1/3 Isidro González 20 Spain ESP
4 p6 r1/3 Édouard Yves 20 Belgium BEL
4 p7 r1/3 Sigurd Akre-Aas 30 Norway NOR
4 p8 r1/3 Mihai Raicu Romania ROU
5 p2 r1/3 Franjo Fröhlich Yugoslavia YUG
5 p3 r1/3 Nickolas Muray 36 United States USA
5 p4 r1/3 Viggo Stilling-Andersen 35 Denmark DEN
5 p5 r1/3 Muhuttin Okyavuz Turkey TUR
5 p6 r1/3 Tomás Goyoaga 29 Chile CHI
5 p7 r1/3 Francisco González 35 Spain ESP
5 p8 r1/3 Efraín Díaz 23 Chile CHI
6 p2 r1/3 Barry Notley 48 Great Britain GBR
6 p3 r1/3 Henri Wijnoldy-Daniëls 38 Netherlands NED
6 p4 r1/3 Nami Yayak Turkey TUR
6 p6 r1/3 Asen Lekarski 27 Bulgaria BUL
6 p8 r1/3 Joaquín García 23 Spain ESP
7 p8 r1/3 Enver Balkan 26 Turkey TUR