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Fencing at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Team

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Events:

Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 11 & 12), München; Fencing Hall 1, Exhibition Lands (Hall 20), München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972

Gold: POL Poland
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

Poland had first won a medal in team foil back at the 1961 World Championships. They were regular visitors to the medal podium for the rest of the decade but a global title had always eluded them.

The competition did not start well for the Poles as they suffered a defeat to the host nation in their first match. Poland recovered to beat Italy and Japan and then won a close fought semi-final victory against the Hungarians. The other semi-final was a meeting of the two most recent World Champion teams which saw the USSR earn the right to face Poland via a 9-6 over France.

Three days earlier [Witold Woyda] had won the individual foil title. In the team final he took that form forward and won all four of his bouts. Woyda was backed up by [Lech Koziejowski] and Poland finally made their championship breakthrough as they saw off the Soviet challenge by 9 bouts to 6.

After a decade of major title frustration Woyda had now won his second Olympic title in three days.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Poland POL Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Hungary HUN
5 West Germany FRG
6 Japan JPN
7T Cuba CUB
7T Romania ROU
3 p1 r1/4 Italy ITA
3 p2 r1/4 Great Britain GBR
3 p3 r1/4 United States USA
3 p4 r1/4 Lebanon LIB
4 p4 r1/4 Canada CAN