Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Town Hall, St. Kilda, Victoria
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: November 26, 1956
Reigning Olympic champion [Christian d'Oriola] had been the outstanding fencer in this discipline in the years since the Helsinki Games and had won World titles in both 1953 and 1954.
He was runner-up in 1955 behind the young Hungarian [József Gyuricza].
D’Oriola’s failure to win the 1955 World Championship was partly attributed to his failure to adapt to the new electric foil that was introduced at the championships. By the Melbourne Games it seemed he had overcome his temporary difficulties and adapted to the new technology.
The Frenchman retained his Olympic title by winning six out of seven matches in the final pool which was one more than the Italian pair of [Giancarlo Bergamini] and [Antonio Spallino].
Bergamini would go on to claim the silver medal with a sudden-death victory over Spallino.
D’Oriola was the first man to defend an Olympic title in this event since [Nedo Nadi] in 1920.
|4||Allan Jay||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|7||Mark Midler||25||Soviet Union||URS|
|8||Raymond Paul||28||Great Britain||GBR|
|5 p1 r2/3||André Verhalle||32||Belgium||BEL|
|5 p2 r2/3||Günter Stratmann||25||Germany||GER|
|6 p1 r2/3||Yury Rudov||25||Soviet Union||URS|
|6 p2 r2/3||Brian McCowage||21||Australia||AUS|
|7 p1 r2/3||Albie Axelrod||35||United States||USA|
|7 p2 r2/3||Iuri Osip'ovi||19||Soviet Union||URS|
|8 p1 r2/3||Michael Sichel||22||Australia||AUS|
|8 p2 r2/3||René Paul||35||Great Britain||GBR|
|5 p1 r1/3||Hal Goldsmith||26||United States||USA|
|5 p2 r1/3||Edoardo Mangiarotti||37||Italy||ITA|
|5 p3 r1/3||Ghislain Delaunois||32||Belgium||BEL|
|5 p4 r1/3||Mihály Fülöp||20||Hungary||HUN|
|6 p1 r1/3||Benito Ramos||38||Mexico||MEX|
|6 p2 r1/3||François Dehez||25||Belgium||BEL|
|6 p3 r1/3||Lajos Somodi, Sr.||27||Hungary||HUN|
|6 p4 r1/3||David McKenzie||20||Australia||AUS|
|7 p1 r1/3||Pablo Uribe||Colombia||COL|
|7 p2 r1/3||Jacques Lataste||34||France||FRA|
|7 p3 r1/3||Santiago Massini||42||Argentina||ARG|
|7 p4 r1/3||Roland Asselin||39||Canada||CAN|
|8 p1 r1/3||Masayuki Sano||37||Japan||JPN|
|8 p2 r1/3||Gabriel Blando||Colombia||COL|
|8 p3 r1/3||Byron Krieger||36||United States||USA|
|8 p4 r1/3||Emilio Echeverry||27||Colombia||COL|