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Fencing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Épée, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): State Armory of the 160th Infantry, Olympic Park, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 8, 1932
Date Finished: August 9, 1932
Format: Scoring was by points, with 2 points given for a victory, 1 for a null or tie bout, and 0 for a victory. Ties based on points are broken based on fewest number of touches received.

Gold: ITA Giancarlo Cornaggia-Medici
Silver: FRA Géo Buchard
Bronze: ITA Carlo Agostoni

Summary

Unlike the other individual events in 1932, épée pools were scored by a point system, with 2 points given for winning a bout, 1 point for a tie or null bout, and 0 for a loss. The pool standings were determined by most points won, followed by fewest touches received. The individual épée competition had the largest field in 1932 with 28 fencers competing. The last four World Championships had gone to France's Géo Buchard (1927, 1931) and Philippe Cattiau (1929-30), and they appeared to be the favorites, both easily making it to the final. Buchard, Olympic silver medalist in individual foil in 1920-24, came close to defending his World title, winning eight of 11 final pool bouts, but that was equalled by Italy's Giancarlo Cornaggia-Medici, who had two tied bouts, while Buchard lost his other three, giving the gold medal to the Italian and the silver to Buchard. The bronze went to Italy's Carlo Agostoni, who had won a gold medal in team épée at Amsterdam in 1928, as had Cornaggia-Medici. The French and Italians dominated, taking the top six places, with Cattiau coming in sixth. Cornaggia-Medici would return in 1936 to win the bronze medal at Berlin, while Buchard would repeat as World Champion in 1933.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Giancarlo Cornaggia-Medici 27 Italy ITA Gold
2 Géo Buchard 38 France FRA Silver
3 Carlo Agostoni 23 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Saverio Ragno 29 Italy ITA
5 Bernard Schmetz 28 France FRA
6 Philippe Cattiau 40 France FRA
7 George Calnan 32 United States USA
8 Xavier De Beukelaer 29 Belgium BEL
9 Sven Thofelt 28 Sweden SWE
10 Raúl Saucedo 27 Argentina ARG
11 Paul de Graffenried 32 Switzerland SUI
12 Stig Lindström 27 Sweden SWE
7 p1 r2/3 Gustave Heiss 27 United States USA
7 p2 r2/3 Max Janlet Belgium BEL
8 p1 r2/3 Eduardo Prieto 20 Mexico MEX
8 p2 r2/3 André Poplimont 39 Belgium BEL
9 p1 r2/3 Doris de Jong 30 Netherlands NED
9 p2 r2/3 Bo Lindman 33 Sweden SWE
10 p1 r2/3 Tibor Benkő 27 Hungary HUN
10 p2 r2/3 Aage Leidersdorff 22 Denmark DEN
7 p2 r1/3 Pat Farrell Canada CAN
7T p3 r1/3 Eduardo Prieto Souza 50 Mexico MEX
7T p3 r1/3 Ernest Dalton 35 Canada CAN
8 p1 r1/3 Bertram Markus 32 Canada CAN
9 p1 r1/3 Harold Corbin 25 United States USA
9 p2 r1/3 Erik Kofoed-Hansen 35 Denmark DEN
10 p2 r1/3 Gerónimo Delgadillo 32 Mexico MEX
11 p2 r1/3 Imre Petneházy 27 Hungary HUN