Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 21, 1952
Date Finished: August 1, 1952
Participants: 286 (249 men and 37 women) from 32 countries
Youngest Participant: Gerda Muller (15 years, 323 days)
Oldest Participant: Charles de Beaumont (50 years, 82 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): Edoardo Mangiarotti (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): Italy (8 medals)
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.
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.