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Fencing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Épée, Team

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Westend Tennis Hall, Espoo
Date Started: July 25, 1952
Date Finished: July 26, 1952

Gold: ITA Italy
Silver: SWE Sweden
Bronze: SUI Switzerland


France and Italy were the main protagonists at the 1950 and 1951 World Championships and had won a title apiece with France being the most recent champions.

It came as a huge surprise when France found themselves eliminated from the tournament after suffering defeats to Hungary and Luxembourg ain the quarter-final.

The Italians, led by the Mangiarotti brothers, won the first of their three successive Olympic titles with minimal difficulty despite the best intentions of Sweden’s [Bengt Ljungquist] who beat all four Italians in the decisive match.

Sweden’s victory over Switzerland guaranteed them the silver medal.

The Mangiarottis, sons of 1908 Olympic fencer [Giuseppe Mangiarotti] won 16 Olympic medals between them.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Italy ITA Gold
2 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Luxembourg LUX
5T Denmark DEN
5T Hungary HUN
3 p1 r2/4 France FRA
3 p2 r2/4 Belgium BEL
3 p3 r2/4 Great Britain GBR
4 p1 r2/4 Finland FIN
4 p2 r2/4 Norway NOR
4 p3 r2/4 United States USA
3 p1 r1/4 Poland POL
3 p2 r1/4 Soviet Union URS
3 p3 r1/4 Brazil BRA
3 p4 r1/4 Portugal POR
3 p5 r1/4 Australia AUS
3 p6 r1/4 Egypt EGY
4 p4 r1/4 Venezuela VEN