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Fencing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Westend Tennis Hall, Espoo
Date Started: July 31, 1952
Date Finished: August 1, 1952

Gold: HUN Pál Kovács
Silver: HUN Aladár Gerevich
Bronze: HUN Tibor Berczelly


The sabre had long been a stronghold of Hungarian fencing but in 1952 they achieved a level of peak dominance that they had only achieved once before when they placed seven of their men in the top eight back in 1912. Their second ever medal sweep in the event was led by 40-year-old [Pál Kovács[(), the World Champion from 1937, who remained unbeatable throughout the duration of the event. Kovács achieved the rare distinction of having won 19 out of 19 bouts during the competition.

The 1948 champion, [Aladár Gerevich], lost to Kovács, which was his only defeat in the final stage consigned him to the silver medal position with a third Hungarian, [Tibor Berczelly], winning a barrage to claim the bronze medal and seal the Hungarian sweep.

The three Hungarians would win a combined total of 16 Olympic titles in careers that were interrupted by the Second World War.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pál Kovács 39 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Aladár Gerevich 42 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Tibor Berczelly 40 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Gastone Darè 34 Italy ITA
5 Werner Plattner 26 Austria AUT
6 Jacques Lefèvre 24 France FRA
7 Vincenzo Pinton 38 Italy ITA
8 Heinz Lechner 24 Austria AUT
9 Gustave Ballister 23 Belgium BEL
4 p2 r3/4 Hubert Loisel 40 Austria AUT
4 p3 r3/4 Adalbert Gurath, Sr. 37 Romania ROU
4T p1 r3/4 Daniel Sande 35 Argentina ARG
4T p1 r3/4 Ivan Manayenko Soviet Union URS
4T p1 r3/4 Joe de Capriles 40 United States USA
5 p2 r3/4 Jean Levavasseur 28 France FRA
5 p3 r3/4 Leszek Suski 22 Poland POL
6 p2 r3/4 Jerzy Pawłowski 19 Poland POL
6 p3 r3/4 François Heywaert 27 Belgium BEL
7 p1 r3/4 Ilie Tudor 28 Romania ROU
4 p1 r2/4 Renzo Nostini 38 Italy ITA
5 p1 r2/4 Palle Frey 31 Denmark DEN
5 p2 r2/4 George Worth 37 United States USA
5 p3 r2/4 Boris Belyakov Soviet Union URS
5 p4 r2/4 Marcel Van Der Auwera 28 Belgium BEL
5T p5 r2/4 Fathallah Abdel Rahman 37 Egypt EGY
5T p5 r2/4 Henry Nordin 30 Sweden SWE
6 p1 r2/4 Antonio Haro 41 Mexico MEX
6 p2 r2/4 Lev Kuznetsov 22 Soviet Union URS
6 p3 r2/4 Jean-François Tournon 46 France FRA
6 p4 r2/4 William Beatley 28 Great Britain GBR
7 p1 r2/4 José D'Andrea 36 Argentina ARG
7 p2 r2/4 Wojciech Zabłocki 21 Poland POL
7 p3 r2/4 Otto Greter 41 Switzerland SUI
7 p5 r2/4 Bob Anderson 29 Great Britain GBR
7T p4 r2/4 Ion Santo 29 Romania ROU
7T p4 r2/4 Willy Fascher 40 Germany GER
8 p1 r2/4 Allan Kwartler 34 United States USA
8 p2 r2/4 Edgardo Pomini 34 Argentina ARG
8 p3 r2/4 Raimondo Carnera 37 Denmark DEN
8 p5 r2/4 Jules Amez-Droz 31 Switzerland SUI
5 p1 r1/4 Ivan Ruben 34 Denmark DEN
5 p2 r1/4 Estevão Molnar 36 Brazil BRA
5 p3 r1/4 Hans Esser 43 Germany GER
5 p4 r1/4 Ernst Rau 25 Saar SAA
5 p5 r1/4 Benito Ramos 34 Mexico MEX
5 p6 r1/4 Richard Liebscher 41 Germany GER
5 p7 r1/4 Bo Eriksson 30 Sweden SWE
6 p1 r1/4 Umberto Menegalli 26 Switzerland SUI
6 p2 r1/4 Karl Bach 31 Saar SAA
6 p3 r1/4 Farid Abou-Shadi 42 Egypt EGY
6 p4 r1/4 John Fethers 22 Australia AUS
6 p5 r1/4 Alfred Eriksen 33 Norway NOR
6 p7 r1/4 Álvaro Silva 31 Portugal POR
6T p6 r1/4 Edmundo López 16 Venezuela VEN
6T p6 r1/4 Eduardo López 25 Guatemala GUA
6T p6 r1/4 Günther Knödler 27 Saar SAA
7 p1 r1/4 Olaf Sandner 28 Venezuela VEN
7 p2 r1/4 Jock Gibson 31 Australia AUS
7 p3 r1/4 Roland Asselin 35 Canada CAN
7 p4 r1/4 Rafael Cámara 47 Mexico MEX
7 p5 r1/4 José Ferreira 29 Portugal POR
7 p7 r1/4 Shinichi Maki 35 Japan JPN
8 p1 r1/4 Ivan Lund 23 Australia AUS
8 p2 r1/4 João Pessanha 34 Portugal POR
8 p4 r1/4 Gustavo Gutiérrez 19 Venezuela VEN
8 p7 r1/4 Olgierd Porebski 29 Great Britain GBR