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Fencing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Palace of Engineering, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 12, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948

Gold: HUN Aladár Gerevich
Silver: ITA Vincenzo Pinton
Bronze: HUN Pál Kovács
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Summary

The hold that Hungary had over sabre competitions had loosened with the emergence of Aldo Montano]. Montano had been World Champion in both the last pre-war and first post-war championships so the Hungarians must have uttered a sigh of relief when he was not included in the Italian team individual sabre event. There was a surprise at the semi-final stage where [Tibor Berczelly, who had excelled in the team event, was eliminated but the other Hungarians comfortably reached the final stage.

Comtemporary reports mention the sabre finals as the highlight of 1948 fencing tournament. Sixteen years after his first Olympic appearance Aladár Gerevich won what would be the only individual title of a 28-year Olympic career. Gerevich recovered from 4-2 down to defeat teammate Pál Kovács 5-4 and survived another close match against Vincenzo Pinton of Italy to earn the right to be called Olympic champion. Pinton won silver ahead of Kovács by a single hit.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aladár Gerevich 38 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Vincenzo Pinton 34 Italy ITA Silver
3 Pál Kovács 36 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Jacques Lefèvre 20 France FRA
5 George Worth 33 United States USA
6 Gastone Darè 30 Italy ITA
7 Tibor Nyilas 34 United States USA
8 Antonio Haro 37 Mexico MEX
5 p1 r3/4 Jean Levavasseur 24 France FRA
5 p2 r3/4 Tibor Berczelly 36 Hungary HUN
6 p1 r3/4 Carlo Turcato 26 Italy ITA
6T p2 r3/4 Antoni Sobik 43 Poland POL
6T p2 r3/4 Dean Cetrulo 29 United States USA
7 p1 r3/4 Salah Dessouki 25 Egypt EGY
8 p1 r3/4 Aage Leidersdorff 38 Denmark DEN
8 p2 r3/4 Hubert Loisel 36 Austria AUT
5 p1 r2/4 Frans Mosman 43 Netherlands NED
5 p2 r2/4 Willem van den Berg 37 Netherlands NED
5 p3 r2/4 Roger Tredgold 36 Great Britain GBR
5T p4 r2/4 Alois Sokol Czechoslovakia TCH
5T p4 r2/4 Edgardo Pomini 30 Argentina ARG
5T p4 r2/4 Robin Brook 40 Great Britain GBR
6 p2 r2/4 Fernando Huergo Argentina ARG
6 p3 r2/4 Eddy Kuijpers 33 Netherlands NED
6T p1 r2/4 Farid Abou-Shadi 38 Egypt EGY
6T p1 r2/4 Jorge Sarria Peru PER
7 p2 r2/4 Estevão Molnar 32 Brazil BRA
7 p3 r2/4 Juan Paladino 23 Uruguay URU
8 p1 r2/4 Jorge Cermesoni 39 Argentina ARG
8 p2 r2/4 Heinz Putzl 20 Austria AUT
8 p3 r2/4 Svatopluk Skýva Czechoslovakia TCH
8 p4 r2/4 Maurice Gramain 36 France FRA
9 p4 r2/4 Mohamed Zulficar 29 Egypt EGY
4 p1 r1/4 Roberto Mañalich 42 Cuba CUB
4 p2 r1/4 Benito Ramos 30 Mexico MEX
4 p3 r1/4 Jaroslav Starý Czechoslovakia TCH
4 p4 r1/4 Ivan Ruben 30 Denmark DEN
4 p5 r1/4 Werner Plattner 22 Austria AUT
4 p6 r1/4 Walter Widemann 54 Switzerland SUI
4 p7 r1/4 Teodor Zaczyk 48 Poland POL
4 p8 r1/4 Bo Eriksson 26 Sweden SWE
5 p1 r1/4 Arthur Pilbrow 46 Great Britain GBR
5 p2 r1/4 Sabri Tezcan Turkey TUR
5 p3 r1/4 Ivan Osiier 59 Denmark DEN
5 p4 r1/4 Andrés Neubauer Chile CHI
5 p5 r1/4 Otto Greter 37 Switzerland SUI
5 p6 r1/4 Roland Asselin 31 Canada CAN
5 p7 r1/4 Ignacio Goldstein Chile CHI
5 p8 r1/4 Bolesław Banaś 36 Poland POL
6 p1 r1/4 Rıza Arseven Turkey TUR
6 p2 r1/4 Erkki Kerttula 38 Finland FIN
6 p3 r1/4 Nils Sjöblom 38 Finland FIN
6 p4 r1/4 Merih Sezen 28 Turkey TUR
6 p5 r1/4 Nikolaos Khristogiannopoulos Greece GRE
6 p6 r1/4 Juan Antonio Martínez 27 Cuba CUB
6 p7 r1/4 Athanasios Nanopoulos Greece GRE
6 p8 r1/4 Alphonse Ruckstuhl 46 Switzerland SUI
7 p1 r1/4 Kauko Jalkanen 29 Finland FIN
7 p3 r1/4 Fidel Luña Mexico MEX
7 p4 r1/4 Ioannis Karamazakis Greece GRE