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Fencing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Foil, 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 2, 1932
Date Finished: August 4, 1932

Gold: ITA Gustavo Marzi
Silver: USA Joe Levis
Bronze: ITA Giulio Gaudini


The Italian fencer [Gustavo Marzi], who had won a silver in team sabre at Amsterdam, was the favorite and was never challenged, defeating all his final pool opponents with only 17 touches scored against him. The 1931 world champion, [René Lemoine], did not make the French team for the individual event and did not compete. American [Joe Levis] reached a surprising second place and Italian [Giulio Gaudini], the 1930 world champion, won the bronze medal, as Italy took three of the top four places. The hopes of the Germans were concentrated on [Erwin Casmir], but he had some unfortunate defeats in the final against Marzi, the Argentinian [Ángel Gorordo] and Levis. The Frenchman [Philippe Cattiau] had defeated Casmir in Amsterdam in a final pool bout, when he placed fifth, but in Los Angeles, he was well down in the final pool, placing ninth. Denmark's [Ivan Osiier] was appearing at his sixth Olympic Games. In 1936, he would skip the Olympics as a protest against Germany's Nazi regime, but he returned in 1948 to compete at his seventh Games, 40 years after his first in 1908.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gustavo Marzi 23 Italy ITA Gold
2 Joe Levis 27 United States USA Silver
3 Giulio Gaudini 27 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Gioacchino Guaragna 24 Italy ITA
5 Erwin Casmir 36 Germany GER
6 Emrys Lloyd 26 Great Britain GBR
7 Roberto Larraz 33 Argentina ARG
8 René Bougnol 21 France FRA
9 Philippe Cattiau 40 France FRA
10 Ángel Gorordo 28 Argentina ARG
6 p1 r2/3 Edward Gardère 23 France FRA
6 p2 r2/3 Georges de Bourguignon 22 Belgium BEL
7 p1 r2/3 Axel Bloch 21 Denmark DEN
7 p2 r2/3 Ivan Osiier 43 Denmark DEN
8 p1 r2/3 Werner Mund 24 Belgium BEL
8 p2 r2/3 Dernell Every 25 United States USA
9 p1 r2/3 Doris de Jong 30 Netherlands NED
9 p2 r2/3 Paul de Graffenried 32 Switzerland SUI
7 p2 r1/3 Eduardo Prieto 20 Mexico MEX
7 p3 r1/3 Theodore Lorber 25 United States USA
7T p1 r1/3 Ernest Dalton 35 Canada CAN
7T p1 r1/3 Leobardo Candiani 27 Mexico MEX
8 p2 r1/3 Rodolfo Valenzuela 26 Argentina ARG
8 p3 r1/3 Raymundo Izcoa Mexico MEX
9 p2 r1/3 Bertram Markus 32 Canada CAN
9 p3 r1/3 Erik Kofoed-Hansen 35 Denmark DEN