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Fencing at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women'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: GER Helene Mayer
Silver: GBR Muriel Freeman
Bronze: GER Olga Oelkers

Summary

Helene Mayer was the top German fencer and won the gold medal in this event with ease, with victories in 18 of her 20 bouts. She was undefeated in the final, besting Britain’s Muriel Freeman for the gold, as Freeman won all her other bouts for the silver medal. Mayer would compete at the Olympics again in 1932, when she placed fifth shortly after the death of her boyfriend, and in 1936, when she won a silver medal, after having been placed on the team as Germany’s “token Jew.” She eventually emigrated to the United States after she was unable to live in Nazi Germany. Freeman had also competed at the Paris Olympics, just missing the podium there with a fourth-place finish.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Helene Mayer 17 Germany GER Gold
2 Muriel Freeman 30 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Olga Oelkers 40 Germany GER Bronze
4 Erna Sondheim 24 Germany GER
5 Gladys Daniell Great Britain GBR
6T Jenny Addams 19 Belgium BEL
6T Margit Danÿ 22 Hungary HUN
8 Jo de Boer 27 Netherlands NED
5 p1 r2/3 Gizella Tary 43 Hungary HUN
5 p2 r2/3 Jeanne Morgenthaler Switzerland SUI
6 p1 r2/3 Marion Lloyd 22 United States USA
6 p2 r2/3 Peggy Butler Great Britain GBR
7 p1 r2/3 Lucienne Prost France FRA
7 p2 r2/3 Jarmila Chalupová Czechoslovakia TCH
8 p1 r2/3 Adriana Admiraal-Meijerink 34 Netherlands NED
8 p2 r2/3 Erna Bogen-Bogáti 21 Hungary HUN
5 p1 r1/3 Edith Addams 20 Belgium BEL
5 p2 r1/3 Hilda Deswarte Belgium BEL
5 p3 r1/3 Ebba Gripenstedt 33 Sweden SWE
5 p4 r1/3 Margot Bærentzen 21 Denmark DEN
6 p1 r1/3 Marguerite Reuche 16 France FRA
6 p2 r1/3 Inger Klint 37 Denmark DEN
6 p3 r1/3 Irma Hopper 37 United States USA
6 p4 r1/3 Friederike Koderitsch 33 Netherlands NED
7 p1 r1/3 Hanna Olsen 38 Sweden SWE
7 p2 r1/3 Olive Mahaut France FRA
7 p3 r1/3 Else Ahlmann-Ohlsen 20 Denmark DEN