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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

Summary

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