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Fencing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Westend Tennis Hall, Espoo
Date Started: July 23, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: FRA Christian d'Oriola
Silver: ITA Edoardo Mangiarotti
Bronze: ITA Manlio Di Rosa
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Christian d'Oriola had won Olympic silver in 1948 whilst still a teenager. Four years on and he was a four-time World Champion and was established as one of the finest fencers in the world. He struggled at the quarter-final phase and had to survive a barrage to progress but went on to compile a perfect 8-0 record in the final pool to win the Olympic title. Italian fencers claimed the other medals with soon to be crowned épée champion Edoardo Mangiarotti taking the silver and Manlio Di Rosa winning bronze. Coincidentally all three medal winners were left handed.

D'Oriola would retain the title in Melbourne.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Christian d'Oriola 23 France FRA Gold
2 Edoardo Mangiarotti 33 Italy ITA Silver
3 Manlio Di Rosa 37 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Jacques Lataste 30 France FRA
5 Jéhan de Buhan 40 France FRA
6 Mahmoud Younes 37 Egypt EGY
7 Salah Dessouki 29 Egypt EGY
8 Giancarlo Bergamini 25 Italy ITA
9 Endre Tilli 29 Hungary HUN
4 p1 r3/4 André Verhalle 28 Belgium BEL
4 p2 r3/4 Lajos Maszlay 48 Hungary HUN
4 p3 r3/4 Endre Palócz 41 Hungary HUN
5 p1 r3/4 Nate Lubell 35 United States USA
5 p2 r3/4 Albie Axelrod 31 United States USA
5 p3 r3/4 Bo Eriksson 30 Sweden SWE
6 p1 r3/4 Mohamed Ali Riad 25 Egypt EGY
6 p2 r3/4 Nils Rydström 30 Sweden SWE
6 p3 r3/4 René Paul 31 Great Britain GBR
4 p1 r2/4 Jerzy Twardokens 20 Poland POL
4 p2 r2/4 Jerzy Pawłowski 19 Poland POL
4 p4 r2/4 Yulen Uralov 27 Soviet Union URS
4 p5 r2/4 Daniel Bukantz 34 United States USA
4 p6 r2/4 Rolf Magnusson 30 Sweden SWE
4T p3 r2/4 Fulvio Galimi 25 Argentina ARG
4T p3 r2/4 Luke Wendon 26 Great Britain GBR
4T p3 r2/4 Paul Valcke 38 Belgium BEL
5 p1 r2/4 Raymond Paul 23 Great Britain GBR
5 p2 r2/4 Kurt Lindeman 20 Finland FIN
5 p4 r2/4 Gustave Ballister 23 Belgium BEL
5 p5 r2/4 German Bokun 29 Soviet Union URS
5 p6 r2/4 Vasile Chelaru 31 Romania ROU
6 p1 r2/4 Mark Midler 20 Soviet Union URS
6 p2 r2/4 Félix Galimi 31 Argentina ARG
6 p4 r2/4 Norman Casmir 21 Germany GER
6 p5 r2/4 Leif Klette 24 Norway NOR
6 p6 r2/4 John Fethers 22 Australia AUS
7 p2 r2/4 Sergio Iesi 40 Uruguay URU
7 p3 r2/4 Nicolae Marinescu 45 Romania ROU
7 p4 r2/4 Benito Ramos 34 Mexico MEX
7 p5 r2/4 Andrei Vîlcea 30 Romania ROU
5 p1 r1/4 Karl Bach 31 Saar SAA
5 p2 r1/4 Ivan Lund 23 Australia AUS
5 p3 r1/4 Harry Thuillier 26 Ireland IRL
5 p4 r1/4 Kurt Wahl 40 Germany GER
5 p6 r1/4 José Rodríguez 42 Argentina ARG
5 p7 r1/4 Heikki Raitio 27 Finland FIN
5T p5 r1/4 Julius Eisenecker 49 Germany GER
5T p5 r1/4 Paddy Duffy 31 Ireland IRL
5T p5 r1/4 Ernst Rau 25 Saar SAA
6 p2 r1/4 Juan Kavanagh 20 Venezuela VEN
6 p3 r1/4 Jock Gibson 31 Australia AUS
6 p4 r1/4 Shinichi Maki 35 Japan JPN
6 p6 r1/4 Edward Brooke 35 Canada CAN
6 p7 r1/4 Günther Knödler 27 Saar SAA
6T p1 r1/4 Ricardo Rimini 44 Uruguay URU
6T p1 r1/4 Augusto Gutiérrez 21 Venezuela VEN
7 p2 r1/4 Roland Asselin 35 Canada CAN
7 p4 r1/4 Rubén Soberón 43 Guatemala GUA
7 p6 r1/4 Eduardo López 25 Guatemala GUA
7 p7 r1/4 Abelardo Menéndez 23 Cuba CUB
8 p5 r1/4 Giovanni Bertorelli 23 Venezuela VEN