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Fencing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 21, 1952
Date Finished: August 1, 1952
Events: 7

Participants: 286 (249 men and 37 women) from 32 countries
Youngest Participant: VEN Gerda Muller (15 years, 323 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Charles de Beaumont (50 years, 82 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): ITA Edoardo Mangiarotti (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy (8 medals)

Overview

The fencing competions at the Helsinki Olympics where not held in Helsinki itself but in a tennis arena, the Westendin Tennishallissa, in the nearby town of Espoo. Finland had no tradition of success in the sport and only one home fencer reached a final pool in any event.

These Games saw a continuation of success from the nations who had traditionally excelled at Olympic level. France won both golds in men’s foil, Italy were Kings of épée whilst, after a close run thing in the team event, Hungary were dominant at sabre.

A major surprise was the win of Irene Camber-Corno over reigning champion Ilona Elek-Schacherer in a barrage to decide the gold medal whilst the failure of the French at épée was also a shock.

Italy with three golds and eight medals in total was the most successful nation and, individually, Italian Edoardo Mangiarotti with two golds and two silvers was the outstanding fencer of the Games.

Australia, Japan and the USSR were amongst the nations to appear in Olympic fencing for the first time.

Medalists